Parents & Caregivers
The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school.
This year’s event will be a drive-through distribution, at NRG Park Yellow Lot. In addition to providing 25,000 filled backpacks, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events has partnered with the Houston Food Bank to provide food to the families of these students, free of charge.
Harris County Public Health will also be onsite to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 12+.
When: Saturday 8/14/2021
Time: 8am- 4pm
Where: NRG Park Yellow Lot. Entrance will be on Main Street between Murworth Drive and McNee Road, Gate 16.
Register for event.
The Back to School MEGA FEST is hosted by Houston Community College, State Representative for District 27th, Ron Reynolds, and founder, R.J. Baptiste. The festival will feature free:
- School Supplies
- Haircuts & Hairstyles
- Athletic Physical Vouchers
- PPE Backpacks
- Personal Hygiene Supplies
- Children Immunizations
Attendees will enjoy music, face painting, moonwalk activities, free COVID -19 testing, free food distribution, and raffle prizes!
First come, first serve while supplies last. Social and Physical distancing requirements will be observed. Children must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.
All attendees must wear a mask.
When: Friday 8/13/2021
Time: 5pm- 8pm
Where: HCC: 10041 Cash Road Stafford, TX 77477
Register for the event.
Anti-racism and designing for equity are about deconstructing systems and actively choosing a new purpose and path forward. What do we actually know about the impact of racism on learning and development? How does the experience of racism and other systems of oppression impact education practice, policy, and the design of a learning environment? What actions must we take to dismantle racism and cultivate learning experiences for all young people to thrive?
Leaders will explore these questions in the webinar and further explore the anti-racist, equitable implications of the Design Principles for Schools. This new playbook by SoLD Alliance partners, provides K-12 educators and youth-serving professionals with practical guidance and actionable strategies to intentionally design learning settings where every young person, regardless of background, can grow and thrive.
When: Tuesday 8/17
Time: 3pm- 4pm EST
Where: click to register
Harris County partnered with Catholic Charities as the administrator for $30 million in financial assistance to help Harris County families and individuals who need help recovering from financial distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For households located within Harris County that meet eligibility requirements
- One-time $1,500 payment
- Funds may be used for any emergency expenses such as healthcare, rent or mortgage, utilities, food, internet, transportation, childcare, and other past due expenses
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Households have to be within Harris County.
- Applicants must be 18 years or older, or be an emancipated minor.
- Households must demonstrate economic hardship incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Household must have at least one member enrolled in a public assistance program, or total household income at or below 60% of the HUD Area Median Family Income.
- One payment will be made per family unit. If housing is shared by more than one family unit, each family unit may apply.
- As required by federal guidelines, at least one adult member of the household must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, refugee, or other qualified noncitizen.
How is the money being distributed?
- From July 28 – August 11, any eligible household in Harris County may apply online.
- Applicants will be selected at random using a statistical method that ensures fairness.
Click to learn more on how to apply.
Success On The Spectrum is hosting a FREE sensory-friendly social event for everyone with Autism and their siblings. All ages are invited to attend! They may wear whatever they like and are encouraged to dress up in neon!
This year’s prom theme is LIGHT IT UP! The dance floor will be loaded with glow in the dark décor and we will be giving out light up accessories to the kids.
Success On The Spectrum will play kid-friendly, low volume music! Behavior Therapists will lead the children through games (musical chairs, limbo, etc) and popular line dances!
A free photo-booth will be present for parents and kids to take pictures.
Gallery Furniture will provide free food for all those that attend! Gluten free options available!
There are lots of activities offered in other parts of the furniture store, such as monkey cage, bird cage, jump on the mattresses, indoor playground, and more!
Parking is tight- Uber or carpooling is highly encouraged.
When: Thursday July 22nd
Time: 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Where: Gallery Furniture
6006 North Freeway
Houston, Tx 77076
RSVP: Tickets or RSVP’s not required
Click for more information.
The P-EBT application is now open. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is for families with children (up to age 21) who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers
- Back To School Family Expo
- Mayor’s Back 2 School Festival
- Back To School Mega Fest
- Who Gets To Thrive?: advancing anti-racism through whole child design webinar
- Harris County Recovery Assistance
- Success On The Spectrum: Autism Prom
- FREE Health Fair
- Youth Voice Workshop
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)
- Writing The Block: Virtual Workshop Series