About the WSCC Model

  •  The education, public health, and school health sectors have each called for greater alignment that includes, integration and collaboration between education leaders and health sectors to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Public health and education serve the same children, often in the same settings. The Whole School Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model focuses on the child to align the common goals of both sectors to put into action a whole child approach to education.

    What is the WSCC model?

    The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model, is CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools.   The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. The WSCC model has 10 components:

    Center for Disease Control has developed components of the Whole School Whole Child Whole Community model for healthy schools

    1. Physical education and physical activity.
    2. Nutrition environment and services.
    3. Health education.
    4. Social and emotional school climate.
    5. Physical environment.
    6. Health services.
    7. Counseling, psychological and social services.
    8. Employee wellness.
    9. Community involvement.
    10. Family engagement.


    Learn more about each of the 10 components on the CDC Website.


    Page Citation: Center for Disease Control (CDC) Healthy Schools