Family Resource and Youth Service Center
The primary goal of the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) is to remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success.
Each center offers a unique blend of programs and services determined by the needs of the population being served, available resources, location and other local characteristics.
FRYSCs have established a record of success based on improved student performance in class work, homework and peer relations as reported by teachers. Parents, too, report they experience greater satisfaction and involvement with the schools as a result of assistance through their local FRYSCs.
To enhance students’ ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote:
- Early learning and successful transition to school;
- Academic achievement and well-being; and
- Graduation and transition into adult life.
The Kentucky Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall establish the national standard of excellence in the provision of school-based family support.
The Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers were established as a component of the historic Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990. The mission of these school-based centers is to help academically at-risk students succeed in school by helping to minimize or eliminate noncognitive barriers to learning.
Schools where at least 20 percent of the student population is eligible for free or reduced school meals may compete for FRYSC funding. Approximately, 55 percent of students enrolled in Kentucky’s public schools are eligible for free school meals.
FRYSCs are strengthened by community partnerships in their ability to provide vital programs, services and referrals to students and their families. These partnerships are critical in efforts on behalf of students to promote:
- early learning and successful transition to school;
- academic achievement and well-being; and
- graduation and transition into adult life.
Each center offers a unique blend of programs and services to serve the special needs of their student and family populations. The goal of the FRYSCs is to meet the needs of all children and their families served by the centers as a means to enhance student academic success.
On April 15, 2008, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 192 into law, allowing changes to the FRYSC core components as listed below.
Family Resource Centers serve children under school age and in elementary school and coordinate:
- preschool child care;
- after-school child day care;
- families in training;
- family literacy services; and,
- health services and referrals.
Youth Services Centers serve students in middle and high school and coordinate:
- referrals to health and social services;
- career exploration and development;
- summer and part-time job development (high school only);
- substance abuse education and counseling; and
- family crisis and mental health counseling.