Parent Resources

Information to Support Parents

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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

RSVP at 

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:


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.



Emily McCaffrey 
Research Coordinator

Phone: 508-856-5378

Fax: 508-856-8700

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 

Catholic Charities/Boston

185 Columbia Road, Dorchester


Charles St AME Church

551 Warren St, Roxbury


Open 1st and 3" Thursday of the month, 12-2pm 

Rosie Place

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 

Eliot Church

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 Rent Assistance Programs

Catholic Charities Laborer Center
275 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-9670
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
(617) 348-6567
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
(617) 566-6565
Can offer low income housing and advice.


Family Aid Boston
727 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-7286
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.

Homestart, Inc.
105 Chauncy St # 502
Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1782
(617) 542-0338
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.

Catholic Charities
76 Union Park Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
(617) 542-9292
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
(617) 357-6000
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
(617) 742-6830

Howard Benevolent Society
14 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 742-2952

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
One South Station, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 305-3500
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
(617) 536-5260

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
(617) 536-7951

Travelers Aid Family Services Program
17 East Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-7286
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
(617) 884-6130
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
(617) 635242
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
(617) 506-6600

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
Address - 22 Beechwood Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
(617) 288-2700
Heating, utility, and rent assistance focused on Dorchester neighborhoods.

Salvation Army of Chelsea
Address - 258 Chestnut Street
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150
(617) 884-0260
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.


  1. 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.

  2. There are a lot of virtual learning apps available. Check reviews from Common Sense Media to see what others are saying about the app.  

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. Please aid your child in navigating their classes online. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of time to get used to learning online. 

  6. If possible, provide a distraction-free environment for your child to work with a desk and a chair.

  7. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher/school or visit



Clever is a “portal” where you can access many apps used by your student’s school or classroom teacher(s). Visit 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.

  1. Go to

  2. 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 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 through a web browser.

Tip: Visit Clever Support for more information about Badges.

Need more help? Check out this tutorial on Clever


Digital Resources

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.

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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!


If you have any interested parents, please have them contact me at or 617-442-7700. 

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Boston Saves
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

School Meals

  • 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  

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