Family Resource School (FRS)
Whittier is part of the Family Resource School (FRS) program. What does this mean?
- Special resources and services are available to all of the families at an FRS school.
- Families are offered training and support to help raise healthy, well-functioning children.
- Children can participate in a variety of after school classes which keep them safe and busy learning.
- Non academic barriers are reduced so family difficules do not interfere with academic success.
- Access to services is improved via a Family Outreach Coordinator who answers questions, makes referrals to community services, and provides “whatever it takes” to meet families needs. (See the names of Whittier's family research coordinators listed below.
- Encouragement and support is provided so parents can be involved with their children’s education and with their children’s school.
- Parents and teachers are involved with planning and overseeing programs and services.
- Group and individual counseling is available to build family strengths.
Who can Participate in the FRS Program?
FRS is designed to support all families in a school’s community. At the same time, FRS recognizes that barriers may exist for some families needing services, such as income, language, culture, or geographical location. FRS provides specialized outreach to these families.To insure access to FRS services all FRS staff at each school speak Spanish and translation is available in virtually any language.There are no upper or lower income barriers to FRS services and most services are free. Reduced fees and scholarships are available when there is a service charge.
What Services are Provided by FRS?
- FRS provides direct services and also works closely with other agencies to take advantage of existing services through referrals and service contracts Family & Parenting Support ~ Parent education classes, basic needs assistance with clothing, housing, food, employment etc.
- Counseling ~ Counseling for individuals, families & groups; consultation to teachers & school staff
- Health and Wellness ~ Dental and vision screenings; referral to low and no-fee medical and dental services in the community.
- Child Care ~ Assistance with before and after school & school break child care.
- After-school Programs ~ Before and after-school enrichment classes for all children including robotics, magic, soccer and one-on-one tutoring during Homework Club. Transportation and healthy snacks provided.
- Adult Education ~ GED, ESL, computer training, parenting classes, International Connections workshops, nutrition classes and other courses to support the growth and advancement of parents.
- Other Services ~ Coordination of parent involvement in school, peer mediation, mentoring, and much more.
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FRS is a Community Effort! You can participate in this wonderful program through:
- Program Guidance – Various school groups and decision making teams (SIT, PTO, FRS Steering Committee) meet on a regular basis to plan outreach and needs assessment activities and give general input on how to implement FRS activities.
- Direct Service Volunteers – Volunteers are needed in many ways: helping children with homework after school, tutoring students, planning a special event and providing clerical assistance.
For more information visit the City of Boulders' web page about FRS.
For more information contact the FRS staff, at Whittier:
Alexis Batko, Family Outreach Coordinator