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Reidland Elementary recognized as Family Friendly Certified in Kentucky

Reidland Elementary has been recognized by the Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education as Family Friendly certified.


“Schools achieving Family Friendly status have demonstrated a commitment to embracing families as equal partners in student education. Reidland Elementary is a bright spot in the Commonwealth,” said Brigitte Blom, president and CEO of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. “It has built the capacity of school leadership to understand and implement more effective family engagement best practices.”


Principal Anne Cox expressed excitement that Reidland Elementary was honored with this certificate. 


“We are so excited to be named as one of the first five Family Friendly Certified schools!  We have an amazing community, PTO, and staff that work together to do what is best for students and I hope our families always feel welcome, heard and supported at Reidland Elementary,” she said.


Info about process: Reidland Elementary has been working to improve how the school partners effectively with families and community partners. Through the certification process, Reidland Elementary created a diverse team that included families, classroom teachers and the principal of the school. The team used a self-assessment tool to evaluate what the school was doing well and where there was room to improve relationships with families. Next, the team implemented new practices to improve its family friendly score. 



Family Friendly Certificates are awarded by a working group of families, educators and community organizations within the Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools, which is focused on increasing open communication, learning opportunities, and shared decision-making power across the Kentucky education system. The Kentucky Department of Education tracks the number of certified Family Friendly schools as a measurement for improving family and community engagement in Kentucky schools. The application window for 2022 closes Nov. 1. 


For information on the statewide Family Friendly Certification, please contact Brooke Gill or visit the Prichard Committee’s website.

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