KCPS Launches Family Empowerment Center

Aug. 22 open house introduces stakeholders to new center located at Central High School


Kansas City Public Schools officially launched its new Family Empowerment Center during an open house on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 22 at Central High School.

The Family Empowerment Center was conceived and developed over the course of about a year by Office of Family and Community Engagement manager Samara Crawford-Herrera and her team, Outreach and Engagement Services Specialist Camila Alvarez and Family and Community Outreach Coordinator Courtney Adams.

The open house was an opportunity for students, parents, KCPS staff, partners and other stakeholders to learn more about the services and supports that will be provided through the Family Empowerment Center.

The Family Empowerment Center will inform, educate and support parents and families in becoming partners in learning, advocates, and decision-makers by assisting in the removal of resource barriers.

KCPS is expanding its scope of responsive services for district families, and the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FaCE) is a driving force of innovative and responsive programming that prepares families for and propels them towards achieving their long-term goals. Families should have the skills and capacity to promote their children’s development, ensure their children are ready for school, build strong family relationships and create a connected community.

The Family Empowerment Center features a resource room with a training/meeting area, as well as a collaborative workspace within Central’s budding community engagement wing, which currently houses:

  • Justice in the Schools free legal clinic
  • Early Head Start Center
  • Urban TEC, which provides computer technology training and skills development for urban schools and communities
  • Central High School alumni room

The resource room can be utilized by a variety of stakeholders, including parents and families, students, KCPS staff, Partners in Education and community members.

Visit the KCPS website to learn more about the Family Empowerment Center.