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Tool: Know your community resources

Learning about the resources provided in the community can save time and help teachers support families in a variety of ways. This checklist can help you ask your mentor, colleagues and principal about community resources for supporting families. The “notes” column provides room for adding more options and/or contact information for specific resources.

Community resource checklist

Types of support


Children and adolescents

  • Child care
  • Child protective services
  • Foster care
  • Adolescent services
  • Mentoring programs
  • After-school homework assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Counseling services

Community programs

  • Family resource centers
  • Social services
  • Assistance programs (energy, legal, SSI, food stamps, health care, new residents)
  • English language learning
  • English language translation services
  • Cultural exchange
  • Neighborhood assistance
  • Food and nutrition
  • Tenant advocacy
  • Safety and crime preventions
  • Retired and senior volunteer programs

Adults and family

  • Parenting workshops
  • Community education programs
  • Library education programs
  • Shelters for victims of domestic violence and abuse
  • Counseling services
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