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Student and Family Resources

2021-2022 Student Handbook Coming Soon 


Student & Family Support Resources


Sign up for incident updates-

Live evacuation

Red Cross Hotline- 1-866-272-2237 (for accommodations for evacuees only, not for fire info)

 "List Yourself as Safe and Well”-
The Safe & Well website lets loved ones know you are ok after a local disaster.


CalFire Public Information-,, 831-335-6717

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Facebook Page-


County Human Services Benefits Hotline- 1-888-421-8080
Residents impacted by the fire who are enrolled in benefits programs may be eligible for replacement benefits.


Evacuation Shelters-

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076

Open to county residents. Nearing capacity, additional sites in process. Pets are allowed under the owner’s control, carriers encouraged. Behavioral Health on site for support. 


If You Want to Donate-

The County is accepting contributions of large, family-sized tents at the Emeline Warehouse, 1082 Emeline in Santa Cruz (rear of the property behind 1080 Clinic). Please do not donate durable goods and food during disasters.


2-1-1 Santa Cruz County-

Santa Cruz County Office of Education Student Support Services Resource Directory-

Santa Cruz Public Library Community Information Database-


In Case of Immediate Emergency- 9-1-1


Sign up to be notified in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line- 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Crisis Line- 1-800-952-2335

Immediate crisis support to assess for hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis.

NAMI Santa Cruz County Help Line- 831-427-8020 x7

For individuals and family members affected by mental illness interested in learning more about local resources and navigating the mental health care system. Leave a message and receive a call back within 24 hours.

National 24-Hour Disaster Distress Helpline- 1-800-985-5990

Free counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters (COVID-19 included).

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-888-900-4232

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line- 1-877-505-3299

Tip Sheet (English)-, Tip Sheet (Spanish)-

Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast-, 831-459-9373


Central California Alliance for Health (Medi-Cal)-, 800-700-3874

Regional non-profit managed care health plan (Medi-Cal) assisting low-income residents in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced Counties.

Dientes Community Dental Care-, 831-464-5409

Provides affordable, high-quality, and comprehensive dental care to the under-served populations in Santa Cruz County and neighboring communities.

Planned Parenthood-, 831-460-3122 (Santa Cruz), 831-786-2003 (Watsonville)

Provides confidential, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive healthcare for all people. Some sites also provide general medicine for all ages, behavioral health and LGBTQ+ specific care.

Santa Cruz Community Health Centers-, 831-427-3500

Provides affordable and comprehensive medical and behavioral health services in English and Spanish regardless of ability to pay. Located in Santa Cruz and Live Oak.

Salud Para La Gente-, 831-728-0222

Provides affordable and comprehensive medical and behavioral health services in English and Spanish, regardless of ability to pay. Located in Watsonville.


Behavioral Health Services

County Children’s Behavioral Health (Medi-Cal)-, 1-800-952-2335

Family-based approach to working with children/youth and their parents/caregivers and are committed to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

County Substance Use Disorders Services-, 831-454-4050

Provides substance use disorder prevention, early intervention, and treatment services across the continuum of care.

Encompass Community Services-, Youth Services Intake: 831-429-8350

Offers counseling services in English and Spanish for children and youth facing a wide array of challenges. Sessions may include individual, family and group counseling.

Family Service Agency-, 831-423-9444

Provides the resources, support, and counseling services essential to healthy families and communities.

Private Insurance-

Search local therapist listings that accept specific private insurance. Employed families can also ask their employer about counseling available through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)-, 831-728-6445
Provides services including counseling, substance abuse prevention, tobacco education and mentorship programs to students in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

Survivors Healing Center-, 831-824-4385
Safe and confidential place for survivors of child sexual abuse offering free online drop-in support groups for survivors of 3-5 people.

Mental Health Education & Support


Ending the Silence Online-
Two-part presentation for secondary school students is now online! Email [email protected]

Family Support Groups-   

Free, drop-in friendly virtual support groups every month for parents of youth with mental health concerns. English and Spanish groups offered.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education Mental Health and Wellness Resources-

A compilation of free resources for children, youth, and caregivers (and anyone!) ranging from tip sheets to mindfulness to physical activity. 


Basic Needs

Child Development Resource Center-, (831) 466-5820

Support finding child care. 

Community Action Board-, 831-763-2147

Rental assistance and services for undocumented individuals and families. 

Community Food Hotline-, 831-662-0991

Information about access to food, including CalFresh (food stamps), meal sites, and pantries.

County Benefits-, 1-888-421-8080

Apply for Medi-Cal health insurance, CalFresh (food stamps), General Assistance and more.

Housing Matters Rebele Family Shelter-, 831-458-6020 

Emergency shelter to families with children.

Kinship Navigation Portal-
Free, one-stop navigator to meet the immediate needs of kinship caregivers and foster parents, helping locate resources, access benefits, and/or receive general support.

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services-, 831-728-5649

Emergency shelter for homeless women and children, as well as transitional housing for homeless families. Annex conjunction to shelter to accommodate boys over age 12 and single fathers with children.

Smart Path Coordinated Entry System-, 831-454-4122

Assessment process streamlines access to select housing resources. 

Parent Education & Support

Live Oak Cradle to Career-, [email protected], 831-201-3135

Family engagement, empowerment, and support for Live Oak children, parents & caregivers in Spanish and English.

PFLAG (Parents, Families, LGTBQ, and Allies Group)-, 831-427-4016

Provide encouragement and resources to parents, families, friends, as well as LGBTQ+ people themselves.

Positive Discipline Community Resources-

Virtual Learning/Support Groups-

English and Spanish groups offered.

Tip Sheets-

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Virtual Parent Classes-

English and Spanish groups offered.

5 Principles of Positive Parenting-

County Office of Education Distance Learning Website-

Information and resources to support families during distance learning.

Youth Support & Activities

The Diversity Center-, (831) 425-5422

Support for teens, families, and schools on issues of gender, sexuality, acceptance, and overcoming discrimination. During shelter in place, offering private LGBTQ+ youth virtual groups with daily activities.

Youth Violence Prevention Network COVID-19 Resources for Youth & Families-

Resources to support youth and families, including programs for youth. 


School Reentry Considerations Supporting Student Social and Emotional Learning and Mental and Behavioral Health Amidst COVID‑19-

Provides recommendations and resources, developed by the American School Counselor Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Integrating Social and Emotional Learning within Distance Learning-

One-pager with links to helpful, instructional resources. 

Greater Good in Education-

Science‐based practices for integrating social‐emotional learning, mindfulness, and character education into classrooms and schools. 

What Can Teachers Do- Trauma Informed Classrooms-

One-pager with ten actions educators can take to create trauma informed spaces. 

Strategies for Trauma Informed Distance Learning-

Utilizing neuroscientist Bruce Perry’s “3 Rs” approach to intervention (Regulate, Relate, and Reason) within distance learning.

Mindfulness in Schools- Bruce Neudstadter,  [email protected]

Free informational trainings to integrate mindfulness into middle and high school classes. Also, ongoing mindfulness classes for teachers and staff on Thursdays 10:00 -10:30am and one afternoon a week starting in September, time and day TBD. Contact Bruce for details on either offering.


School Districts

Bonny Doon Union Elementary-, 831-427-2300

Happy Valley Union Elementary-, ​831-429-1456

Live Oak-, 831-475-6333

Mountain Elementary-, 831-475-6812

Pacific Elementary-, 831-425-7002

Pajaro Valley Unified-, 831-786-2100

San Lorenzo Valley Unified-, 831-336-9672

Santa Cruz City-, 831-429-3410

Scotts Valley Unified-, 831-438-1820

Soquel Union Elementary-, 831-464-5630


Community Resource Centers

Davenport Resource Center-, 831-425-8115

La Manzana Community Resources (Watsonville)-, 831-724-2997

Live Oak Community Resources-, 831-476-7284

Mountain Community Resources (San Lorenzo Valley)-, 831-335-6600

Nueva Vista Community Resources (Beach Flats)-, 831-423-5747

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County-, 831-427-5070