As your school becomes more welcoming and collaborative with families, students reap the benefits. Family partnership is key because families are fundamental to children’s healthy development and academic success. Building on nationally recognized best practices, CHSC has developed a Family Partnership Model that includes critical leadership development, caregiving, engagement and education, family resource centers, workforce advancement, and policy.
Family Resource Centers are especially effective because they can bring together resources from many organizations and provide supports in a coordinated fashion. When placed in schools, they can increase the positive relationship between the school and families. In 2013, we helped start FRCs in Oakland, Hayward, and San Leandro Unified School Districts through a Connecting Kids to Coverage Initiative to develop no-wrong-door, one-stop opportunities for families to enroll in health coverage and other public benefits. Today, these sites provide a range of support services such as food distribution, clothing drives, legal and tax services in a safe, culturally responsive school district location.
How it works
While we know that every school and community is unique, we believe our Family Partnership Model can both inform and continue to build on similar efforts in schools and communities nationwide. Our model calls for: 1) Leadership Development; 2) Caregiving; 3) Family Engagement and Education; 4) Family Support Hubs; 5) Family Workforce Advancement; and 6) Cross-Sector Collaboration and Policy.
CHSC co-leads Alameda County Fathers Corps; a county-wide team of male service providers trained to help strengthen families by fostering constructive engagement of fathers in the care and upbringing of their children. Learn more about Father Corps.
FAMILY RESOURCE SITES
Alameda County Social Services
East Bay Agency for Children
East Bay Innovations
Oakland Unified School District
Central Family Resource Center
Lakeview Campus Portable A
746 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
Hayward Unified School District
Parent Resource Hub
24823 Soto Road
Hayward, CA 94544
San Leandro Unified School District
Family Resource Center
Barbara Lee Center
for Health and Wellness
2251 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577