First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Announces Funding for Jefferson County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 11, 2007  
Contact Information:  Season Prewitt

Vikki Franklin

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited Tully Elementary School in Jefferson County today to announce $44,310 for the Bates/Tully Family Resource Center, one of 18 new family resource and youth services center (FRYSCs) projects statewide.

The First Lady also announced funding for three additional FRYSC projects in Jefferson County: $45,780 for R.S. Adams Youth Services Center at Eastern High School; $34,020 for Johnson Middle School/Butler High School Youth Services Center; and $19,740 for the Chenoweth/Jaeger Family Resource Center.

Created by the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, FRYSCs help students succeed in the classroom by connecting families and students to local social, family, health and other assistance resources. Family resource centers serve elementary schools and youth services centers serve middle and high schools.

Kentucky’s FRYSC network is the largest school-based family support initiative in the nation.

“Kentucky’s commitment to school-based family support programs is a wise investment that will continue to pay dividends long after children graduate from school,” the First Lady said. “It is my pleasure to be here today to make these announcements and to wish the new centers much success.”

Family resource and youth services centers serve schools where at least 20 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Centers receive annual funding based on $210 per student who qualifies for free school meals. At Tully Elementary, 31.7 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. At Eastern and Butler high schools and Jaeger Preschool, 25.5 percent, 31.6 percent and 91.07 percent of students, respectively, are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) administers the FRYSCs in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education and local school administrators, educators and support staff.

“Academic success depends on many factors, and the FRYSCs help address health, social and related factors that often can impede a child’s progress in school,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “We are delighted this funding will extend valuable FRYSC programs and services to more Kentucky students and their families.”

More than 820 centers operate around the state, serving more than 613,000 public school students and their families.