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Family Resource Center

Center Operations and Locations

The center is managed by a full-time coordinator and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening appointments may be scheduled.

Marcus Howard, Coordinator

Email: marcus.howard@jefferson.kyschools.us

Medora Elementary
Available: Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday
11801 Deering Avenue
Louisville, KY 40272
Phone: 502-313-4402


Watson Lane Elementary
Available: Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday
7201 Watson Lane
Louisville, KY 40272
Phone: 502-313-4403

About

The Medora-Watson Lane Family Resource Center is a joint venture between Medora and Watson Lane Elementary Schools. It is available to the parents and families of all students who attend either of these two schools and can be of assistance to families in the Southwest Area.

FRCs are designed to provide families with access to resources and support necessary to strengthen family and community life. Our goal is to enhance the health, growth, and development of children and to provide adequate resources for families to become self-sufficient. Centers are based on the concept that not only children, but also parents grow, develop, and need nurturing. FRCs meet the needs of families by providing new opportunities for education and support.

Mission

Our mission is to help remove barriers to student learning by providing resources and support to families in order to promote continued growth and learning, family engagement, and a positive climate in our community.

Description

FRCs provide services that are very different from those of traditional social-services programs. FRCs are designed to provide families with access to the information and support necessary to strengthen family and community life and to enhance the health, growth, and development of children. Centers are based on the concept that not only children but also parents grow, develop, and need nurturing. FRCs meet the needs of both by providing new opportunities for education and support. FRCs seek to provide child and parent care.

We Provide Assistance!

We are here to assist children and their families in any way we can. Some of the services that we provide throughout the year include the following:

  • Health and social services referrals
  • Parent workshops/training
  • Support groups
  • Mental-health counseling/referrals
  • Information on local childcare services
  • Information for new and expectant parents
  • Recreational activities
  • Uniform/Clothing assistance
  • Truancy prevention and attendance interventions
  • Holiday assistance sponsorships and donations

Be involved!

We invite you to join with us to make a difference for each student. The following are just a few ways you can be more involved in the center’s efforts:

  • Donate new/gently used uniform/regular clothing—tennis shoes, underclothes, winter clothing, etc.
  • Donate new/unused hotel travel-size toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, empty travel-sized bottles, etc.).
  • Donate school supplies (full-size backpacks [no wheels], pencils, crayons, markers, etc.).
  • Become a member of Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).
  • Join the Clothing Closet Committee.
  • Become an Every 1 Reads tutor.
  • Become a Lunch Buddy.
  • Supervise Field Day activities.
  • Assist with clerical tasks.
  • Utilize your sewing/mending/hemming talents.

Center Support

An Advisory Council made up of parents, community members, and school staff provide guidance in decisions concerning the center. The council meets every other month and is open to the public. Please contact the center if you would like to become an Advisory Council member.

Community Partners

  • Ford Louisville Assembly Plant
  • Schardein Mechanical
  • Bethany Methodist Church
  • Highview Baptist Church
  • Belmar Baptist Church
  • University of Louisville (UofL) Pi Beta Phi Sorority
  • Alpha Delta Kappa, KY Theta Chapter
  • Kroger
  • Antioch Baptist Church
  • Walgreens