Student & Family Basic Needs

Often students attending our schools are in need of basic support, like food, clothing, and safety. Regardless of the school you teach in, you will come into contact with students whose priority may not be learning-but instead food to fill their belly. The following resources help teachers become aware of community resources available to assist students who don’t have academic support at home, don’t have clothes to wear or food to eat, or are housing insecure.

Parent/Guardian Groups

Parent groups support guardians in advocating for their children. They offer opportunities to network with parents and community partners while offering support for positive parenting practices and behaviors, such as developing and practicing positive discipline techniques, learning age-appropriate child development skills and milestones, promoting positive play and interaction between guardians and children, and locating and accessing community services and supports.

Nevada PEP services are provided free of charge to Nevada families. It is a nonprofit organization serving children and youth with disabilities throughout Nevada, and its impact is felt around the nation. Their services focus on empowering families to be life-long advocates for their children through education and skill building. 

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Family to Family Connection supports families and students in their school and life. It helps families to have a gentle transition from home to the classroom by making the learning experiences fun. The educated and supportive professionals interact with parents and families and provide community resources. 

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Hope for Nevada is a public education advocacy group that focuses on educating the community and legislators about the critical needs of Nevada’s students. Funding, teacher pipeline, and accountability are the focus of advocacy. 

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The Child Welfare Information Gateway offers state and federal resources on best practices in parent education, tools for conducting parent education programs, and considerations in selecting parent education curricula for different target audiences. 

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Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.

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When children’s basic needs are met from a young age, and continue to be met over the course of their lives, it allows them to feel safe and secure, pursue and nurture relationships with others, feel good about themselves, and become their best selves.

This program provides a hygiene kit, school supplies, and clothing like pants, belts, shirts, underwear, socks, shoes, jackets, and sweatshirts. They focus on helping increase students’ self-esteem and school attendance with new clothes. It is a non-profit national organization based on all-volunteer work.

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The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks, and other items deemed essential for good health and positive development. There are many volunteer opportunities, and their work encourages recycling for good. 

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada fills the gap between school and home. They provide a welcoming, positive environment where kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. Their programs include academic support, art, lifestyle training, recreation, and mental health. 

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Klothes 4 Kids is a non-profit charitable organization that collects and provides foster kids new clothing and basic necessities. They accept clothing donations for babies, children, and teens. 

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Millions of children across the U.S. are living with hunger. Many parents can’t afford to feed their children before they go to bed. Food programs across Nevada are invaluable to kids whose parents work long or nontraditional hours, commute long distances, or need childcare when the school day ends. 

They focus on providing good food for hungry people. They work with community partners and provide services such as distributing food and nutrition education. 

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They focus on providing nourishing food for individuals, families, and children in need. They work with 150 partner agencies and are a proud member of the Feeding America network. 

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Across southern Nevada, various nonprofits and community organizations provide food resources to those experiencing food insecurity. From mobile food markets to direct food delivery, United Way’s community partners can provide groceries, meals, and food vouchers for Southern Nevada families in need.

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The website provides an exhaustive list of food pantries based on cities in Nevada. 

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Safety is a basic human need. When a student does not feel safe, supporting them in reaching their full potential cannot be achieved. Safety is as necessary as food, water, and shelter–and is the foundation upon which all other needs and growth opportunities rest. 

The Shade Tree focuses on providing safe shelter to abused and homeless women and children in crisis. They focus on promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance. They help victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, street violence, sexual assault or abuse, and human trafficking victims. They provide various programs in shelters.

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The Harbor provides meaningful services to improve connectedness to the community through academic achievement, reducing truancy, and providing a safe place for guidance. They offer evidence-based assessments to youth and provide service referrals. 

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This program was developed to create an action plan for youth and families to connect with resources and collaborate with CCSD personnel. They work with at-risk students and provide individual support.

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Boys Town provides a wide range of youth care and health care services. They provide emotional, behavioral, physical, and medical collaborations for children. Boys Town provides behavioral health services, in-home family services, work with foster families, a residential treatment center, parenting support, and hotlines. 

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Houselessness

Approximately 15,000 K–12 public school students across Nevada are identified as experiencing houselessness. Students experiencing houselessness endure a range of unstable and inadequate living arrangements and face multiple challenges related to health, well-being, and education. The stress, instability, trauma, and school mobility created by homelessness increase risks to physical, social, and emotional health and to educational engagement and achievement.

They offer support and services to homeless high school students in the Southern Nevada area so they can stay in school through graduation and build a successful future. They provide workshops, support products including food, clothes, and school supplies, and life skill workshops.

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HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center (SWHYC) provides services for at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. SWHYC offers safe and stable housing, essential needs/food, intensive case management, person-centered case plan, housing stability plan, education assistance, employment assistance, assistance in transitioning to own apartment, addiction and mental health services, health and wellness, financial literacy, activities of daily living and supportive services. 

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HELP of Southern Nevada is committed to assisting individuals, families, and youth throughout the Valley to break down barriers and attain self-sufficiency through direct services, training, and referrals to community services.

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NPHY is the most comprehensive service provider for the thousands of young people experiencing homelessness in our community, providing access to life-changing services for homeless youth 24 hours a day at virtually every street corner in Southern Nevada. NPHY’s wraparound programs stabilize young people’s lives, meeting their immediate needs and providing a safe, supportive environment and a path to self-sufficiency. NPHY’s individualized, holistic services empower young people to not only achieve long-term independence, but to craft the futures they want for themselves.

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Family/Guardian Engagement and Supports

True family engagement takes place when families and school staff work together, on an ongoing basis, to support and improve the learning and growth of students. When parents and families are fully engaged in the lives of their children’s schools, they display a strong sense of pride in the school and advocate for it when talking with friends, colleagues, and other members of the community.

CCSD Family Engagement

Provides all CCSD families with valuable resources and learning opportunities. Focus on empowering and educating families and supporting students' well-being and academic achievement.

Vegas PBS Family Engagement Workshops

These workshops provide opportunities for parents and children to be successful in school and life.

Parent engagement

Provides practical tips about inviting families to school participation, professional capacities, building relationships with families, and maintaining connections.

Childcare

The Nevada Department of Education compiled a list of childcare resources across the state. Here you may find child care centers within Washoe county, Las Vegas, and other counties.

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