Rhode Island - Parent Supports and Education Programs: Stakeholders

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regulation; statute

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

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports

D. Social Services.

    1. 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.

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.
Rhode Island General Assembly

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