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Whole Child at CPS


Chicago Public Schools is committed to supporting the whole child. What does it mean to support the whole child, and what does this look like in the District?


CPS is committed to ensuring that every student in every school is healthy, safe, supported, challenged, and engaged by using a holistic approach that connects physical, mental, and social-emotional health with academic success.


To ensure students’ basic needs are being met and that every student has the supports they need to learn and thrive.


Through collaboration between Central Office, Schools, and the Community guided by the WSCC (Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child) Framework

What is WSCC?

The WSCC Framework was created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), as a tool to help schools and districts connect health to academic success. By identifying 10 key components, linked to the coordination of policy, process, and practice, and surrounded by the community, WSCC provides a student-centered roadmap for collaboration and communication among all stakeholder groups. The 10 components of the WSCC model are:

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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

Image Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health Education
Community Involvement
Family Engagement
Employee Wellness
Physical Environment
Counseling, Psychological, & Social Services
Health Services
Nutrition Environment & Services
Physical Education & Physical Activity

10 Components to Support the Whole Child

Healthy Priorities

At CPS, supporting the Whole Child means making health a priority at your school. The WSCC Framework can help you connect the work you are already doing in your school, identify which areas need attention, and find the resources and support you need. For example, Healthy CPS fits into the WSCC Framework, but does not cover all 10 components comprehensively. You can see how Healthy CPS connects to WSCC here. Other CPS initiatives that contribute to supporting the whole child include the Healing Centered Project and Whole School Comprehensive Safety Plans.


See how CPS has implemented the WSCC model, a collaborative model that supports each child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

WSCC In Action

See how the WSCC Framework can be used to help support the whole child.