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Whole Child Education

NYSASCD encourages parents, educators, policymakers, and communities to work together and ensure that our children become productive, engaged citizens. The younger generation deserves an education that puts emphasis on academic rigor and the vital 21st-century skill of thinking critically and being creative. Contact us in Camillus, New York to learn more.

What is the Whole Child Compact?

The Learning Compact Redefined: A Call to Action proposes a new compact with the young. This compact asks local, state, and national policymakers to create conditions that sustain comprehensive strategies for learning and for engaging the whole child. It encourages communities to look at the bigger picture and make sure that:


  • Each student goes to school healthy and learns about and follows a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student studies in an intellectually challenging setting that is physically and emotionally safe for both students and adults.
  • Each student actively engages in the learning process and connects to the school and wider community.
  • Each student is given access to personalized learning and enjoys support from qualified and caring adults.
  • Each graduate is given the opportunity to be challenged by a well-balanced curriculum and is equipped for success in college or further education, as well as for future employment in a global environment.

Get the ASCD Whole Child Newsletter

Do you wish to receive the ASCD Whole Child Newsletter? Sign up now to get this free resource on a biweekly schedule. It will let you stay updated on the policies and practices, data, strategies, and other tools to help you keep each child in your community healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Starting the Whole Child Conversation

To help everyone ease into the topic of the whole child in informal group conversations, ASCD started the Whole Child Community Conversations Project. This enables groups to explore how to coordinate in supporting this important initiative. There are two versions of the facilitator's guide available. One is for local community engagement while the other is focused on student engagement. These are both useful in getting your community’s attention in a conversation regarding educating the whole child.