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
Great Schools -General information about all levels of schools, with articles on how to choose schools and supporting children in their education
CalFresh - provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh is federally mandated and in California, is state-supervised and county-operated.
California Association of Independent Schools - Find an independent school in your area with their search tool.
Archdiocese of San Francisco - Resource for Catholic education and family support services in San Francisco.
Diocese of Oakland - Resource for Catholic education and family support services in Oakland.
Berkeley Parents Network - BPN - A nonprofit parent-to-parent network for the San Francisco Bay Area. It includes more than 26,000 subscribers from all over the Bay Area who use BPN to seek advice from other parents and exchange recommendations for childcare, schools, classes, camps, and many other local services. Parents subscribe to BPN for free.
One Degree - A list of thousands resources for low-income families and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area; from urgent needs, to family, housing, education, legal assistance. Create free account and save a personalized collection of resoucrces.
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.
AchieveKids - 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.
Next Gen Personal Finance - Palo Alto: 650 218 8408
NGPF is a free high-school personal finance curriculum and professional development partner helping teachers deliver essential money understanding in an easy-to-grasp, engaging way.
Special Needs Resources
Special Needs Resources (PDF)
A comprehensive resource list for special needs.