State law requires districts to implement parent education or support programs to address family needs.
200-RICR-20-10-1.3.2 Supportive and Nuturing School Community
- Each LEA shall provide a broad spectrum of activities, programs, and services that directly involve families in their children's education and personally engage families in the school. Therefore, each LEA shall adopt the national Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Standard for Parent/Family Involvement Programs, which state: b. Parenting: Parenting skills are promoted and supported.
200-RICR-20-10-1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports
D. Social Services.
- Research indicates that when families' basic needs are met, there is a higher likelihood that the students will succeed in school. Therefore, each LEA shall ensure that effective outreach strategies will be utilized to support families' access to health and social services through on-site services and/or through effective referral systems to. These strategies shall:
- a. Be driven by needs identified through school and community data;
- b. Be family centered;
- c. Be provided in a respectful and culturally responsive manner;
- d. Be provided in the family's native language, to the extent practicable;
- e. Address a comprehensive array of issues, including but not limited to hunger, housing, homelessness, health insurance, employment, pregnant and parenting teens, family illness, child abuse and domestic violence, legal issues, and issues related to foster care and Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) custody; and
- f. Help families to navigate social service systems and access community resources.
Full-Service Community Schools and COZs
"Rhode Island’s Child Opportunity Zones (COZs) are a full service community school model of school-linked family centers that bring schools, families and communities together to promote success in school for all children and youth. COZs are welcoming places in or near schools where families can access education, health and social service programs, supports and referrals to address barriers to student achievement at the highest levels. Each COZ bases its coordinated system of services, programs and supports on the individual needs and resources of its schools, families and community."
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-73-1.1. Definition
"Child opportunity zone", Rhode Island's community school initiative, means a site at or near a school that provides: early childhood initiatives; before-school, after-school, and summer enrichment programs; health and mental health services; parent engagement, adult education, workforce development training; or any combination of these programs based upon the students and the community's needs.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-73-5. Purpose
The purpose of child opportunity zones is to implement programs related to the specific community needs that ultimately increase student performance in school. The child opportunity zone shall provide a means to integrate education, health, and social services into schools and link families to the school and community resources. The child opportunity zone may operate programs, including, but not limited to: early childhood initiatives; before-school, after-school and summer enrichment; family engagement initiatives; adult education and family literacy programs based upon community needs.