Information to Support Parents
Zoom Workshop to Support Families in Creating a Remote Learning Environment
This workshop is available to parents monthly on the 1st Friday of the month.
All parents that complete the workshop receive a gift basket of school supplies and pair of headphones for their student to use for their learning.
Mothers Raising Black and Brown Boys
Join us to learn more information about learning from home!
Register at https://forms.gle/WBjBkncRhL1i3GUv6
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
HYPE School Preparation & Career Courses
At this time we are seeking Young Adults between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, with lived mental health experience to join our HYPE School Preparation and Career courses. HYPE stands for Helping Youth on the Path to Employment and was created by Michelle Mullen. As of now we are offering 2 sessions of the School Preparation, at 6 weeks a session, completely free for students. We will be offering 2 sessions of the Career Development course, at 6 weeks a session, completely free for students during the springtime. Currently we are collaborating with YouForward- Vinfen located in Lawrence, MA to help deliver these courses.
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/HYPEcourse2021
Our first School Preparation course started last Friday, but we still have a handful of spots left, and are accepting registrations for this course until the end of the week. There’s plenty of availability in our other courses and that registration will be open until all spots are filled.
Thank you again for sharing this with your teams, it truly is an amazing program.
Food Pantry Guide
The American Red Cross Food Pantry
1033 Massachusetts Ave, Boston
617-274-5200 Open Wednesdays and Sundays from 9-12
Need to bring verification of low-income status
Boston Rescue Mission
39 Kingston Street, Boston
Photo ID, Rent Receipt, and Utility Bill required
185 Columbia Road, Dorchester
Charles St AME Church
551 Warren St, Roxbury
Open 1st and 3" Thursday of the month, 12-2pm
889 Harrison Avenue Boston Massachusetts 02118
Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury St, Boston
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-12noon
Bring photo ID, once a month
Codman Square Health Center
450 Washington St, Dorchester
Open Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester
Open to seniors Tuesdays 11:30am-12pm
Open to the public Wednesdays, 8am-10am
56 Dale St, Roxbury
Open 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Picture ID, referral, and proof of children required
Elm Hill FSC
22 Elm Hill Ave, Roxbury
Need a referral from the Food Source Hotline. Call 800-645-8333 for a referral.
Emmanuel Temple Food Pantry
471 Warren St, Roxbury
Open the first Wednesday of the Month from 2-3:30
Salvation Army, Boston-Roxbury Corps
23 Vernon St, Roxbury
Open Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-2
Need to make an appointment
Must have photo ID, proof of income, and proof of children
Housing & Utility Assistance
Boston Rental Relief
Last week, Mayor Walsh announced the re-opening of applications for the Rental Relief Fund, created in April to help Boston residents at risk of losing their housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund reopened with $5 million available to help residents pay their rent. Applications are now available. The Department of Neighborhood Development will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 29th 2:30-3:30 p.m. During this webinar, you will learn how to best assist your constituents and clients who might be eligible to apply. We recommend that the person(s) in your organization who works directly with residents to meet their basic needs or coordinate rental relief attend.
OR Apply Here: This is first come, first serve.
Boston Rent Assistance Programs
Catholic Charities Laborer Center
275 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
This charity is a great place to call for housing assistance, counseling, and additional financial assistance and grant programs.
Boston Hispanic Center
178 Tremont Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02111
Both rent as well as energy bill assistance is offered to Hispanics and other nationalities in Boston.
Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing
1620 Tremont Street
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120-1613
Can offer low income housing and advice.
Family Aid Boston
727 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
The non-profit offers eviction and homeless prevention services. Most of their support is in the form of referrals to emergency grants for paying rent, short term low income housing, or security deposits. However, in rare cases the Boson agency has direct financial assistance for rental expenses.
105 Chauncy St # 502
Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1782
Can help people facing eviction stay in their home or apartment, and assistance is also offered to the currently homeless. So they may qualify for security deposits or get help in locating a new, permanent home in the Boston area.
76 Union Park Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Another Suffolk County/Boston Catholic Charities. These churches may have some cash assistance to be used for a partial rent payment.
ABCD Housing and Homeless Prevention
105 Chauncy Street, 8th floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
This is a community action agency that offers a number of programs, including rent assistance, foreclosure and debt counseling, and information on getting help for utilities. A variety of state and federal housing programs are also offered, such as information on section 8 or low income housing for the elderly.
Fair Housing Center Of Greater Boston, Inc.
59 Temple Place #1105
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
A number of housing programs are offered, including those that focus on ending discrimination.
City Mission Society
Address - 14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Howard Benevolent Society
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
One South Station, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Can direct people to low income housing, but they really focus on helping with energy and heating expenses.
Salvation Army - Boston South End Corps
1500 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
The Salvation Army in Boston has a large number of housing programs, crisis funds for paying rent if someone is faced with an eviction, and other programs too, such as food. Other resources in Suffolk County include emergency shelter and transitional housing.
S.W.A.N. Society in Boston
581 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Travelers Aid Family Services Program
17 East Street
Boston, MA 02118
Rent and security deposits for new residents to the city of Boston. The non-profit can also place families into emergency shelter, placing families in motels or hotels while they pursue longer-term solutions.
Community Action Program Intercity, Inc.
100 Everett Avenue, #14
Chelsea, MA 02150
Community action agencies are always a great place to call for information and referrals. They focus on helping people become self sufficient over the long term, and can provide short term financial assistance, such as emergency rent payments and other aid.
Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Boston, Massachusetts 02018
They run the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program in Suffolk County and Boston.
Catholic Charities Greater Boston (Yawkey Center)
185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02121
Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
Address - 22 Beechwood Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Heating, utility, and rent assistance focused on Dorchester neighborhoods.
Salvation Army of Chelsea
Address - 258 Chestnut Street
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150
Another local Salvation Army that can provide rent and housing assistance, furniture, and other forms of aid. Referrals and information on government programs are also passed out to the needy and people faced with an eviction.
Family Engagement Workshops
Parent Child Reading Club - The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
Parent University's reading clubs teach 7 research-based practices parents can use to serve as their children's reading coaches. Parent participation and presence in these reading experiences are mandatory for the learning to be impactful and effective. The goals of the club are to teach children how to read for deep comprehension and to build their intrinsic desire to read. Email email@example.com to RSVP
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays November 3-19, 2020, 6-7:30pm
Audience: Grades 3 to 5
Presenter: Steve Desrosiers
Supporting Your 3-5 Mathematician
Families learn the new ways their children are being taught mathematics at school, the specific math they will need to master at each grade level and how to help ensure their children’s success
Dates: Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, 10:00-11:30 AM
Presenter: Steve Desrosiers
Language: English (translation available upon request)
Set a weekly and daily schedule.
Involve your student in creating the schedule, expectations, and goals. Ask them about what they have been assigned or what they would like to learn about.
Build in breaks, outdoor time, meals, and social time.
There are a lot of virtual learning apps available. Check reviews from Common Sense Media to see what others are saying about the app.
Be mindful of the amount of time your child spends on technology. Alternate online learning with “unplugged” (non-online) activities such as reading, crafts, board games, and other activities.
Be realistic about goals and expectations. This is a stressful time for all of us; it is more important to have peace of mind than getting anxious over not completing a task. Everyone -- including kids -- needs some unstructured time.
Please aid your child in navigating their classes online. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of time to get used to learning online.
If possible, provide a distraction-free environment for your child to work with a desk and a chair.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher/school or visit bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus
Clever is a “portal” where you can access many apps used by your student’s school or classroom teacher(s). Visit www.bostonpublicschools.org/backpack to access Clever.
How can my student login?
There are two ways to access Clever:
use your BPS Gmail and password
sign in with a Clever Badge
Option 1: Use your BPS Gmail and password.
Press the "Log in with Google" button. You should login with your BPS Gmail and password.
Option 2: Sign in with a Clever Badge.
On a BPS-managed Chromebook
Turn on the Chromebook and click “Next” at the login screen to be presented with the camera window. If students want to login with their Gmail account, they should click “Sign in with a different account” instead.
On Mac and Windows Devices
Go to the Clever login screen by visiting www.clever.com/in/bostonpublic. Click the QR code icon to the right of the "Login with Google" button to be presented with the camera window.
On an iOS Device
Download the Clever app from the App Store on your iOS device. Once installed, badges can be used to log into Clever.
You cannot login to backpack from the Safari or Chrome browsers on an iPad. You must also download and install the learning application on your iOS device.
On an Android Device
The Clever app is not available for Android devices, but you can still access Clever using Badges on an Android device by visiting www.clever.com/in/bostonpublic through a web browser.
Tip: Visit Clever Support for more information about Badges.
Need more help? Check out this tutorial on Clever
Log in to Clever to find these recommended apps and more:
Sora by Overdrive (K-12): read e-books and audiobooks from the Boston Public Library and other Massachusetts libraries.
BPS Virtual Learning Commons (K-12): access BPS’s library resources across many subject areas.
Tumblebooks (K-5): read kid-friendly interactive picture books.
Adobe Spark (4-12): create videos, web pages, and images to share with your friends, family, and school.
BASE is Hosting:
Urban College will offer dedicated BASE sections that meet Monday - Thursday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. These classes will be on-line; however, students can utilize the BASE classroom and ZOOM into their courses from there.
The following is a listing of BASE courses: SOC202 – Cultural Aspects of Families and Children, SOC203 – Law, Justice and Society, PRO101GS – Becoming a Master Student, and HUS103-Introduction to Human Services.
The cost of tuition is very low or no cost to many eligible students. Also, Urban College is part of the Mayor’s Tuition-Free Community College program. Please note that there are funds available for undocumented students, which is huge!
Boston Saves -- All K2 and 1st-grade students get $50 for college or career training in an account from Boston Saves.
K2 families: Sign up for Family Updates and we will reach out to you once your account is available.
Rising 1st grade families: Log into the Savings Center to see the money in your child’s account and start earning even more.
School Meals & Super Sites
Meals are available to students attending school in-person on the days that they are in school
Based on their school, meals are offered in three different models:
grab and go from the cafeteria
grab and go from remote locations (not cafeteria), and
direct delivery to the classroom.
3-day meal packs for students on the last day of the week they attend school in-person (Tuesdays for Group A and Fridays for Group B)
Super Sites provide
5-day meal packs: 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for Remote Learners
Breakfast and lunch daily for students on campus
*For additional information, click here.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline offers free food assistance to all Mass. residents. Call 800-645-8333, 8 am - 7 pm, Monday-Friday; 10 am - 2 pm, Saturday. TTY 800-377-1292