Arkansas - Parent Supports and Education Programs: Stakeholders

Area: 
Stakeholders
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement parent education or support programs to address family needs.

2017 Arkansas Code 20-76-112. Human Services Workers in the Schools Program

(a) The Human Services Workers in the Schools Program is established as a collaborative effort among the Division of Children and Family Services of the Department of Human Services, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Oversight Board, the Department of Education, and local school districts. The Human Services Workers in the Schools Program is designed to help children and families by:

  • (1) Promoting safety of children and strengthening of families;
  • (2) Supporting the community's capacity to produce children who are healthy, children who are in supportive, nurturing, and healthy families, and children who succeed in school; and
  • (3) Promoting the division's family preservation philosophy and family-centered practice.

(b) Upon approval of the board, the division shall enter into contracts with local school districts to provide funding for the maximum number of human services workers.

(c) A human services worker shall have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in social work or a related field and shall provide the following services according to skills and training:

  • (1) Crisis intervention;
  • (2) School conferences and in-service training;
  • (3) Home visits;
  • (4) Transportation for family and student group counseling;
  • (5) Parent training and activities;
  • (6) Supportive service referrals;
  • (7) Individualized coping and conflict management skills; and
  • (8) Assessment of family and student needs.

(d)

  • (1) Funding for human services workers shall be targeted to schools with eighty percent (80%) or more of their children eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1751 et seq.
  • (2) The Department of Education and the division shall develop criteria to prioritize eligibility for the Human Services Workers in the Schools Program.

(e) The Coordinated Health Services Section of the Department of Education shall evaluate the Human Services Workers in the Schools Program annually in coordination with the division, the board, and the local school districts that hold contracts.

(f) A parent or a student has the option to refuse any services recommended under the Human Services Workers in the Schools Program.


2017 Arkansas Code 6-15-1702. Parental Involvement Plan

(4)

  • (A) Promote and support responsible parenting.
  • (B) To promote and support responsible parenting, the school shall, as funds are available:
    • (i) Purchase parenting books, magazines, and other informative material regarding responsible parenting through the school library, advertise the current selection, and give parents an opportunity to borrow the materials for review;
    • (ii) Create parent centers; and
    • (iii) Plan and engage in other activities determined by the school to be beneficial to promoting and supporting responsible parenting;
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