Wraparound Services

Wraparound is a philosophy of care with defined planning process used to build constructive relationships and support networks among students and youth and their families.

What do we do?

 

Wraparound Coordinators

Wraparound Coordinators support the New Bedford Public Schools vision of welcoming learning environments that build upon Social Emotional Learning systems and of authentic family and community partner engagement and collaboration. Wraparound is a philosophy of care with defined planning process used to build constructive relationships and support networks among students and their families. It is both school and community based, culturally relevant, individualized, strength based, and family centered (PBIS, 2019). Wraparound plans are comprehensive and address multiple life domains across home, school, and community, including living environment, basic needs, safety, and social, emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs.





Attendance Officers

School Attendance Officers support schools in improving attendance, minimizing habitual school offenses, preventing truancy, and intervening in cases of chronic absenteeism.

School Attendance Officers are committed to the success of students, and maintain communication via telephone, letters, perform residency verification, consult with juvenile court, and make home visits with parents/guardians of children who have difficulty with attendance. Attendance Officers work with various community partners and agencies, such as the Family Resource Center and the Department of Children and Families, to offer support and assist families in ensuring their children are in school every day, on time. School Attendance Officers are mandated to take legal action if truancy continues and children are being denied a consistent and comprehensive education.


Parent Support Specialists

Parent Support Specialists build the capacity of schools to involve parents as stakeholders in an effective family-school partnership.

Parent Support Specialists provide outreach to families, build relationships with parents, and facilitate relationship building between staff and parents. The strengths of families, children, and the community are at the center of the work of Parent Support Specialists as they enhance families' capacity to support their children's learning and serve as leaders in their children's schools. Parent Support Specialists act as advocates and partners to assist parents and school staff to resolve issues at the school and to strengthen relationships built on foundations of trust and understanding.




Why I like working with children and families:

Honesty is a huge value to me. I believe that if only humans were capable of reading minds, having all our thoughts transparent and out there, the world world would be a better place. In any case, honesty always seems to be the best policy. And children and teenagers are great at speaking their true and blatant thoughts. The same is true when working with a student's family. When you build an authentic relationship with them, they will speak their truth with you. When I am told thank you for listening to me, or when I am given that hug, I know it is more than idle chatter and that it is coming from an authentic place. 


Why I like working with children and families:

Honesty is a huge value to me. I believe that if only humans were capable of reading minds, having all our thoughts transparent and out there, the world world would be a better place. In any case, honesty always seems to be the best policy. And children and teenagers are great at speaking their true and blatant thoughts. The same is true when working with a student's family. When you build an authentic relationship with them, they will speak their truth with you. When I am told thank you for listening to me, or when I am given that hug, I know it is more than idle chatter and that it is coming from an authentic place. 


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