The whole child

What we know: Children face challenges and opportunities beyond that classroom that affect how well they do in school and in life. That’s why our community must come together to provide all of the elements children need — including health, nutrition, fitness and the arts — to stimulate their development.

Our mission: We need to leverage the resourcefulness of the Columbus community to fuel all parts of children’s lives.

Our plan: We have recommended a range of specific actions in “Serving the whole child.” These are some of the core ideas:

  • School breakfast and lunch programs should serve more students, ensuring that  more kids are well-fed and ready to learn.
  • There should be twice as many arts-focused schools in Columbus, so 3,000 students can take part
  • Social-service agencies and schools should share information so they can better  coordinate how they serve students
  • Every child should have a library card, and students should be able to receive individualized help with their schoolwork at libraries
  • With the help of Columbus Public Health, each school should develop a physical activity plan that calls for exercise at least three times a week

Read this chapter to learn about all of the recommendations from the Columbus Education Commission.