Resources for Families

The BASIC Fund strives to connect with organizations that offer services for low-income families. Listed below are some of the organizations we find impressive.

For information on academic, summer, and after-school support programs, or preparing for High School please look in resources For Students. Download our High School Booklet for more information on applying to high schools, and for lists of high schools by county. 
High School Booklet - English

High School Booklet - Spanish

Great Schools

General information about all levels of schools, with articles on how to choose schools and supporting children in their education

California Association of Independent Schools

Find an independent school in your area with their search tool. 

Archdiocese of San Francisco
The resource for Catholic education and family support services in San Francisco.

Diocese of Oakland
The resource for Catholic education and family support services in Oakland.

SF Kids
An amazing resource for families, with information on everything from free and low cost summer schools to community support services. Mostly for San Francisco residents, but good information on family activities throughout the Bay Area, and great links to education support online.

Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Browse our classroom lessons and parent education resources by grade level or topical area

Family Support Services of the Bay Area
Family Support Services of the Bay Area provides home-based and community-based support to parents and other caregivers of vulnerable children – those who are disabled, medically fragile, drug exposed, abused or neglected, and those at risk of abuse or neglect.

Family & Children Services – Silicon Valley
Providing counseling, caring, and support to children, youth, and adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties

Healthy San Francisco
Low/No cost health care and health services in San Francisco

Covered California
Information on affordable health care coverage

Family Paths
800 829 3777
24 hour Parent Support Hotline in English and Spanish. It is available to anyone within Alameda County in need of support and referrals to community resources. It is also the entry point for all Family Paths services.

Palo Alto: 650 494 1200 San Jose: 408 928 5777
With two locations in Palo Alto and East San Jose, AchieveKids serves Bay Area children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and/or developmental disabilities

Tech Exchange
Oakland: 510-345-1910
Tech Exchange is dedicated to providing digital equity to all East Bay residents from refurbished computers, low-cost internet, and informational workshops.  

Special Needs Resources
Special Needs Resources (PDF)
A comprehensive resource list for special needs.