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This resource directory is focused on resources that support children in grades pre-K through college. For other resources, please call 211 or use the community information database at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

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Safe Schools

Public Schools in California are mandated under Education Code 32280 to develop a comprehensive school safety plan that is updated annually to meet emerging needs and legislative requirements.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ SS ]

Santa Cruz County College Commitment

The goal of S4C is to improve career and college readiness and completion for students in Santa Cruz County, so that every student succeeds. 831.477.3246,
6500 Soquel Dr. Rm. 2100 B Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, SE ]

Santa Cruz County College Commitment - 4th Grade Experience

Each May over 3000 4th grade students from across Santa Cruz County will visit Cabrillo College where they will get a first-hand look at a day on campus. 831.477.3246,
6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ M, SE ]

Santa Cruz Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

The Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides student 16+ with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. They provided job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs). Internships.
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, SE ]

Students in Transition Program

Students in Transition (SIT) and Foster Youth Services (FYS) provide displaced students crucial support in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the AB 490 California law for foster youth. The McKinney-Vento legislation defines homeless as individuals "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." This definition includes "children and youth awaiting foster care placement." This means that youth awaiting placement with foster care are considered homeless and are covered by McKinney-Vento. For this reason there is a great deal of overlap between SIT and FYS.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, FY, H ]

Students in Transition Program (Tutoring)

One on one tutoring with a UCSC student. Homeless and foster youth, as well as those with a referral from a CASA are eligible. 831.477.5422.
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, H ]

Sueños Program

The Sueños Program provides youth with a supportive learning environment, encourages them to set attainable career goals, connects them to community resources, and helps youth establish valuable and lasting relationships.
229 Green Valley Rd, Freedom, CA 95019 [ A, M, SE ]

Summer Voice Camp

The Cabrillo Youth Chorus provides a comprehensive vocal music program for children 8-18 years of age. (831) 479-6155
Phone Only, See Website [ REC ]

Safe Schools Project

Works with schools to ensure that they are safe environments for LGBT youth and compliant with California Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Act of 2000.
Director, Safe Schools Project (831) 427-4014 or email ron.indra@qytf.org [ Q, SS ]

Santa Cruz County Department Of Child Support Services

The Department Of Child Support Services provides the following services: Establish court orders for paternity, child support, and medical coverage; Locate the non-custodial parent and his/her assets to enforce the court order; Maintain accounts of payments paid and past due; Modify court orders when appropriate; Enforce court orders for child, family, and medical support; and spousal support in conjunction with child support. Our services are available to all parents and/or legal guardians, we assist in providing financial assistance for the children in their care through the collection of child support.
420 May Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, LS, PS ]

Santa Cruz County Parents Association (SCCPA)

Assists parents and children through childcare subsidy and/or assistance programs for eligible families.
9047 Soquel Drive Suite D Aptos, California 95003 [ DC, PS ]

Santa Cruz Hostel Society

Dormitory accommodations and private rooms. Call for info. $22/night members, $25/night non-members. Youth age 12-17 are $15/night, non members 12-17 $18 night and children 3-11 are $10/night (under 2 yrs is free). Costs are higher for private rooms.
321 Main Street, Santa Cruz, CA USA 95060 [ H ]

Santa Cruz Housing Authority

Rent subsidy for low-income persons. List of low-come apts. Bilingual services available. Waiting list up to 5yrs. Closed to the public on Fridays. Also serves Hollister and San Juan Bautista.
2931 Mission St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ H ]

Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - Classes and Programs

Winter-Spring, and Summer Classes of all kinds, including arts, sports, academic-focus, recreation, camps, etc.
Register online, or by phone at 831-420-5270 and in person and by mail at 323 Church St., Santa Cruz. [ REC ]

Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation - Junior Life Guards & Little Guards

Little Guards and Junior Guards are instructed by qualified ocean lifeguards. All of the instructors have successfully completed an intensive United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certified Open Water Lifeguarding training course and most have worked in the field as lifeguards for more than one year. Instructors are also certified in emergency first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer. Many of the instructors are graduates of the Junior Guards program and have teaching and interpretation experience with children. The program is held on Cowell Beach adjacent to the Municipal Wharf in one of the calmest areas of ocean in Santa Cruz. During the program, Junior Guards are also always under the watchful eye of on-duty beach lifeguards in addition to the supervision provided.
Registration Information and Help 420-5270. Jr. Lifeguard Phone (6/18-8/15) 420-6248. [ REC ]

Santa Cruz Shelter - Homeless Community Resource Center

Emergency overnight shelter, showers, meals, laundry service, and referrals to other needed services. Bilingual services available. (831) 458-6020
115 Coral St., Santa Cruz, CA [ H ]

Santa Cruz Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center was founded in 1967 to address the pressing needs of our local community through volunteer service. The Volunteer Center offers 18 programs that engage young people, families, seniors, working professionals, and people with disabilities in meaningful service.
Santa Cruz Volunteer Center, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, Phone: 831-427-5070; Watsonville Volunteer Center, 12 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076, Phone: 831-722-6708 [ ]

Second Harvest Food Bank

Distribution of fruits and vegetables takes place the 2nd Monday of each month in 2014.
800 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ FN, HW ]

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous-Santa Cruz County

12 Step12 tradition program of recovery for adults of any sexual orientation and support group. The only qualification to be a member is the desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and live addiction. http://slaasantacruz.org/ 831-218-1762 ext.1: Women Only 831-218-1762 ext.2: Men Only
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Female nurses trained to support rape survivors and perform medical exam. All advocates are bilingual. 831-462-7744
Phone Only [ CO, HW ]

Shelter Hotline New Life Community Services

Information and referrals to local shelters. Services are especially for single parents with children. Sun-Thurs., 7:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 am-Midnights. Shelters are free. Bilingual services available. (888) 474-6758 Toll-Free (831) 427-1007 Local
Phone Only, See Website [ H ]

Shine a Light Counseling Center

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Los Gatos, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income.
305 Soquel Ave. Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 315 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030. [ CO, HW, PS ]

SPIN of Santa Cruz County (Special Parents Information Network)

Parent-to-parent support, networking, and resource information over the phone and educational workshops for parents of children of all ages with special needs. P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 (831)722-2800 info@spinsc.org
P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ A, CO, PS, SPED ]

Spiritual Resource Guide

Lists many faith groups and churches that are LGBTQ friendly.
1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062 [ Q ]

St Francis Catholic Kitchen

Serves soup and salad lunches at noon. Showers available M-F 11am-12:45pm. Clothing available M, W, and F. When donations permit, milk is provided; pregnant women and children are allotted more milk.
205 Mora St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ FN, H ]

Suicide Crisis Hotline

A hotline for anyone who is contemplating or has suicidal thoughts, knows someone who they believe is suicidal, or has any other kind of emotional crisis. Open to Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. 831-458-5300
Phone Only [ CO ]

Summer Day Camp at the YMCA

Y sports camps and activities provide children opportunities to become more confident and healthy.. Activities include swim lessons, basketball, princess camp, science camp, art camp, etc…
See Website [ A, REC ]

Survivors Healing Center

Survivors Healing Center offers group therapy to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Support groups are available for women and men as well as for teenage girls and boys.
104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, HW, PS ]

Sycamore Street Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years
121 Sycamore Street, Santa Cruz 95060 (831) 454-9920 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]