The Arkansas Coordinated School Health Program is founded on the ten components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (also referred to as just the Whole Child Model) which is a nationally recognized model recommended by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Directors (ASCD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The DESE, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), provides professional development and resources to assist school personnel with addressing the needs of the whole child in the school setting. The CSH Program and activities are supported with funding provided to the DESE through the CDC RFA-DP18-1801 Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Management of Chronic Disease grant funding. This program is designed to develop the capacity for school personnel to utilize a team approach to address today’s most relevant public health issues inhibiting academic achievement.
The CSH program offers professional development opportunities to school staff; links schools with evidenced-based physical education and health education curricula and programming; offers technical assistance in the development of comprehensive school wellness policies; and provides a network of national and state partners that offer resources, programming and funding opportunities which help to create a healthy and safe environment for students to be engaged in learning.
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