In the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, we believe that a parent is the student's first teacher, and that positive relationships between families, teachers and students will help students to be successful. Family Advocacy is the vehicle that the district uses to strengthen relationships with parents. The district recognizes that students need support at home to be successful in school. So, KCKPS has created the Family Advocate System to create a home-school connection. Each professional and support staff person is assigned to 12 to 17 students and their families. The staff/family relationships last the entire time the students attend the school. This means that the key adults in each student's life have ongoing contact with one another, communicating about the student's academic and personal needs. The district has implemented the Family Advocate System in all of its schools.
Parents for whom English is not the primary language, and who need translation assistance in communicating with school or district staff, may contact Ms. Lisa Garcia, Director of Student Services, for assistance in obtaining translation support. She can be reached at (913) 551-3200.
More information about the Family Advocacy Program can be found here: http://kckps.org/fas/