Club Boulevard Opens Expanded Resource Library
Club Boulevard hosted a ribbon-cutting for its expanded resource library for families of students who attend the school. Symone Kiddo, who serves as the school’s Social Worker, said the library is an outgrowth of the pandemic.
“Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, caregivers have been working hard to meet the social, emotional, and basic resource needs of their children while also trying to be partners in their learning from home. Schools are an important hub to connect families to information and resources to support their children but with a lack of in-person access over the last year, many families reported feeling disconnected from opportunities, not knowing how to access the support they needed. We identified a Family Resource Center model (Fairfax, VA, Parent Resource Centers) where Caregiver Resources are consolidated and streamlined in a physical space in order to make critical resources more accessible. We’re aiming to create a Family Resource Center that will re-connect families in this difficult year as we reintegrate back into in-person learning and will address many of the barriers to quality caregiver engagement,” said Kiddoo.
What is the Center?
- A physical space and network of support to help caregivers meet the needs of their families so they are readily available to participate in the family engagement programming at the target schools and support their student's academic and social-emotional needs.
- Caregiver Support Closet
- Shelf-stable, fresh food, and hygiene supplies
- Clothing, coats, backpacks, and school supplies
- Caregiver Lending Library
- Coordination and container of Caregiver Education
- Curriculum nights
- Co-Located Caregiver Mental Health Education Sessions
- Health and Wellness Classes with Durham Health Department
- Incredible Years and other parenting supports
- Understanding School Systems workshops (EC, AIG, MTSS, ESL…)
- Technology Classes and ESOL Classes
- Computers available for Caregivers
“We have partnered with the DPS Foundation for this pilot project for the year in the hopes that we can bring the data to the district to ask for funding for other Family Resource Centers across the district,” she said.
Kiddoo added that the resource library is now holding regular shelf-stable foods for families that need to restock at home, in addition to the Thursday-only fresh food availability through a partnership with the PTA.