We understand there may be many challenges you are facing that make it hard to help your children get to school.  During your meeting with the SUSO team member, they will be able to help solve some of your most pressing issues, like finding a home, setting up transportation for your kids, keeping your family well fed, finding a job and even filling out paperwork for health insurance or other programs.

Tips for helping get your kids to school

  1. Get prepared for the first day of school.
  2. Make sure your child has the required shots.
  3. Set a regular bedtime and wake up with an alarm clock.
  4. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  5. Introduce your child to their teachers and classmates when school starts to help their transition.
  6. There are many reasons why your child may want to stay home from school. Talk to your child to understand why they don’t want to go to school. If your child frequently asks to stay home because of an illness, consider seeking out a medical professional or counselor for advice.
  7. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  8. Develop backup plans for getting to school in case something unexpected comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  9. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  10. Reward your child for good attendance, so that it becomes a habit.
  11. Familiarize yourself with the legal consequences of multiple unexcused absences, including the Attendance Accountability Act.

Below are some links to agencies that are here to help.

Affordable Housing

DC Housing Search
http://www.dchousingsearch.org/

Employment

Department of Employment Services
http://does.dc.gov/

Food Pantries

DC Hunger http://www.dchunger.org/resources/dcfoodfinder.html

Bread for the City
http://www.breadforthecity.org/

Martha’s Table
http://marthastable.org/

Transportation

DC transportation subsidy
http://ddot.dc.gov/page/school-transit-subsidy-program

Clothing

Bread for the City
http://www.breadforthecity.org/

Help with Paying for Utilities

Catholic Charities – ERAP – Southeast Family Center
https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/southeastfamilycenter

Greater Washington DC Urban League
https://www.gwul.org/

Summer Camp

DC summer camp program
http://dpr.dc.gov/service/summer-camp-registration

Health Care

DC Children’s Hospital
http://childrensnational.org/

Mary’s Center
http://www.maryscenter.org/

Boy’s Town
http://www.boystown.org/locations/washington-dc/behavioral-health-clinic