Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Youth Services, in partnership with with the Departments of Education, Medicaid, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Public Safety, and Rehabilitation and Correction, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and the office of the Ohio Attorney General, recently launched Ohio Communities 4 Kids (OC4K), a research-informed initiative to keep Ohio children in their communities on a path toward positive growth and out of the juvenile and criminal justice system.
The Schubert Center for Child Studies is a participant in the OC4K initiative, which has three workgroups: school-based diversion, detention diversion, and community-based diversion, all focusing on specific opportunities to divert Ohio kids from the juvenile justice system and to advance their positive development.
OC4K aligns with recent federal efforts to promote alternative disciplinary practices through the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, released in January 2014. The SSDI initiative promotes the importance of creating positive school climates and reducing the use of disciplinary techniques that exclude students from learning environments. These efforts are part of a larger national movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline. In September 2013, the Schubert Center published a research and policy brief on the importance of promoting positive school climate and social and emotional learning programs. OC4K will hold meetings to promote the initiative in February 2014.
For more information about the meetings or the initiative, please visit the OC4K website.