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Family Resource Centers

In order to succeed in school, children need a safe and supportive environment. But even the most caring families can use some help now and then. Tennessee’s Family Resource Centers are committed to assisting these children, while supporting and strengthening families through a variety of informational and educational programs.

The FRC network assists at-risk children, whose families may be dealing with:

  • Hunger
  • Poverty
  • Neglect
  • Homelessness
  • Mental illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Family conflict
  • Loss of a family member

Building Community

Currently, 103 FRCs serve 81 school systems in 66 counties. Each FRC is unique, offering a mix of programs and services based on the specific needs of its own community and student/family population.

But the FRC mission is the same throughout the state—to assist families with information and training, while helping at-risk students succeed both academically and socially. By working together with parents, schools, health and social service providers, and state and local agencies, FRCs build a strong sense of community, while boosting student performance.

Depending on your location, FRC youth services may include:

  • School readiness
  • Evaluation services
  • Counseling or case management
  • Tutoring
  • Student mentoring
  • Recreation or enrichment activities

In addition, parents may also receive information on:

  • Health and nutrition
  • Effective discipline
  • Stress management
  • Childcare options
  • Financial planning
  • GED classes/adult education
  • Job readiness/training

Get the Help You Need

Could your family use a little support? To learn more about the services offered at your nearest FRC, contact:

Pat Conner, Executive Director
Office of Safe and Supportive Schools
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615-253-0018
Pat.Conner@tn.gov