Partners For Success® helps lay the foundation for student success.
Partners For Success helps students and families overcome barriers to school success. Family support workers in schools partner with educators and families to implement effective home-based strategies that increase parental involvement, improve academic performance, and connect families to community resources.
Family Support Workers:
Partner with school staff to identify students who are struggling academically
Educate middle school families about the importance of academic success at the middle school level
Ensure that high school families are aware of graduation requirements, credit accumulation expectations and the progress of their children
Partner with school staff and families to stabilize and improve attendance
Provide regular communication between teachers and families regarding progress
Assist families with basic needs (food, housing, safety, community resources, school supplies) that may distract families from focusing on their child’s academic achievement
Provide ongoing support and follow-up to ensure that families and students implement the recommended strategies successfully
Dakota County schools have a family support worker
of students with attendance goals improved or stabilized their attendance.
of students with academic goals improved or stabilized their performance.
of families with a housing stability goal found or maintained housing
360 Communities Partners for Success® family support workers develop trusting relationships with families and provide stabilizing support that lays the foundation for academic success.
According to a 2015 study by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), preventing even four students from dropping out of high school per year generates social benefits that far exceed the annual cost of the program.
“[The family support worker] gives me a call to just tell me, ‘you know I checked in with your child’s teachers, they’re really proud with how well you’re doing with reading with the girls at home’. So again, it was another kind of boost for me, just giving me confidence that they think I’m doing good. It’s frustrating as a parent when your kids aren’t doing very good. It makes you feel like a failure, too.”-Parent
“[The family support worker] helps me a lot if my child is a little bit behind in one subject or something. She helps me and guides me to be able to help my child. It’s easier for me to communicate with her about whatever happens because she speaks my language, Spanish. She’s a really good person; she has helped us out a lot.” -Parent
“I think it’s the best thing we’ve had. I hope this [program] can continue. There is something about the relationship that is built when she [the family support worker] is on site. It’s so good and wonderful. We love her! She has been a life link for these families and it’s nice to be able to have somebody beyond myself to make those connections. She is connecting the dots whether it’s getting food to a family. For these families it’s exactly what’s needed. The home visits have been so good. She is able to assess the situation. She lets me know what I can do to help.” -Teacher
“I encourage people a lot. The key is the relationship. That’s my purpose, to get parents involved and engaged with their children. If they’re not strong enough to do that then I try to help strengthen them.” -Family Support Worker