The Whole Child Approach
Each child, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. That's what a whole child approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement really is.
Support the Global School Health Statement
Educators around the world invite their colleagues from the health and social sectors to join them in this dialogue that will lead to better integration of health and social programs within education.
Make the Case for a Whole Child Education
Make the case for why we need to educate the whole child now. This free resource provides critical research and real world examples of education policies and practices that ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is the next evolution of the traditional coordinated school health approach. Developed by ASCD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and launched in spring 2014, the model aims to better align the policies, processes, and practices of education, public health, and school health, and in doing so, improve learning and health.
- Learn why we need a collaborative approach to learning and health.
- Request a hi-resolution image of the WSCC model, a presentation on the rationale behind its development, or implementation information and support.
ASCD and CDC encourage use of the model as a framework for improving students' learning and health in our nation's schools. The model is in the public domain and schools, districts, states, and school health organizations are welcome to use the model in the planning and implementation of coordinated school health initiatives and programs.