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Community Resources


There are many DPS, state and community resources available to help families in Dayton. Please review the resources below for more information. 


Resources at DPS

Communities in Schools - Using national models, City Connects and Communities in Schools staff provide a variety of supports to families and students to support learning goals. (Meadowdale High School, Westwood Elementary, and Belle Haven Elementary.) Please contact the principal for more information. 

Family Engagement & Community Outreach - The Office of Student Activities, Parent Engagement, and Community Outreach is dedicated to the education, enrichment, and inclusion of all students and families that Dayton Public Schools serve. DPS would not be able to achieve higher graduation rates, academic gains, or offer programs that inspire students beyond the classroom without the involvement of the community and business partners. Please call (937) 542-3002 or email AWorley@daytonpublic.com for more information. 

Family Resource Coordinators - Family Resource Coordinators are focused on working with families to access resources and provide supports. Providers include East End Community Services, Omega CDC, Dayton Children’s Hospital, McKinley United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, and the YMCA of Greater Dayton. (Elementary Schools: Louise Troy, Kiser, Ruskin, Fairview, Cleveland, Roosevelt, and Edison.) Please contact the principal for your Family Resource Coordinator’s contact information. 

McKinney-Vento - The Dayton Public Schools McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Programs ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to a free and appropriate public education, including public preschool education. Please call 937-542-3304 or email gnwilson@daytonpublic.com for more information.

Office for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion - Cultural Engagement and Inclusion is a space for students to engage, organize, socialize, and inquire about social justice issues and learn about identities beyond their own. The center supports students from all backgrounds as they explore the intersections of their identities and transform into leaders for a diverse global society. The center strives to cultivate and maintain an inclusive district-wide campus community and facilitate cross-cultural learning & celebrations. To learn more about joining the Males of Color and Females of Color Programs, please call (937) 542-3598 or email sworley@daytonpublic.com

Parent, Family and Community Council - The purpose of Dayton Public Schools’ Parent, Family and Community Council (PFCC) is to strengthen and support community engagement and family involvement. Involved parents and committed community partners are critical in creating outstanding schools. For more information, please visit https://www.dps.k12.oh.us/community/community-council/

Parent Teacher Organizations - Many schools have active Parent Teacher Organizations and parents have the opportunity to start organizations at schools that do not currently have one. Please call (937) 542-3002 or email AWorley@daytonpublic.com for more information. 

Student Resiliency Coordinators & Behavioral Health Therapists - Student Resiliency Coordinators (SRC) are available in each Dayton Public School building and manage long-term counseling needs for students. Student Behavioral Therapists manage short-term counseling needs. Both SRCs and Student Behavioral Therapists provide counseling services through a contract with Dayton Children’s Hospital. There is one Student Behavioral Therapist for every two schools in the district. If your student needs mental health support, please contact the principal.

School-Based Health Center - The School-Based Health Center is located within Roosevelt Elementary and serves students, families, staff and community members regardless of insurance. Health services are offered by Five Rivers Health Centers, and include physical, behavioral health, dental, and vision care. (The Mobile Health Care Unit visits schools district-wide and specializes in caring for students with asthma.) For more information about the health center, please call 937-281-6800 or visit https://www.fiverivershealthcenters.org/locations/school-based-health-center 

Summer Food Service Program - Free meals are available to all children 18 years of age and under or those over 18 determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled AND who participate during the school year in a public or private nonprofit school program established for the mentally or physically disabled. More information about the program will be shared each year closer to summer break. Visit https://www.dps.k12.oh.us/students-parents/summer-food-service-program/ for more information. 

Ohio School Safety Resources

Crisis Text Line - The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Throughout Ohio, you can text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.

Safer Ohio School Tip Line - The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Call 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) to anonymously report a concern. 

Other Community and National Resources

Brunner Literacy Center - The Brunner Literacy Center (BLC) is working to improve literacy throughout the Miami Valley. The BLC is the only center to offer one-on-one tutoring for free to English language learners, along with any adults who would like help with literacy. The BLC offers an Adult Basic Education program, a GED preparation program, and continuing education opportunities. Families of DPS ELL students are welcome to make an intake appointment at the BLC by calling 937-567-9600.

Building Bridges - Building Bridges helps kids who have found themselves in extremely difficult circumstances and need a second chance to make better choices, turn their lives around, and find lasting success. Call 937-496-7800 for more information. 

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley - CSSMV’s programs can help young, first-time, or struggling parents successfully make the journey from pregnancy to a healthy birth to effective parenting. CSSMV also provides support for adoptive parents and kinship caregivers, to assist with the special challenges these situations can present. Please call (937) 223-7217, (800) 300-2937 or email cssmv@cssmv.org for more information. 

Dayton Children’s Hospital - Dayton Children’s offers a Mental Health Resource Directory that assists patients and families with finding the right behavioral health provider to fit their child’s needs while also considering families' location and insurance.  Visit https://www.childrensdayton.org/mental-health-resource-directory for more information. 

Family Echo - From navigating a diagnosis to learning about new therapies, parents and caregivers of children with autism need an immense amount of knowledge and support to provide the best care for their loved ones. This information can be difficult to access – so Family ECHO is here to help. Please email AutismCareNetwork@NationwideChildrens.org for more information. 

Homefull - Homefull provides housing assistance to single adults and families with children who are experiencing housing instability (they are either currently homeless, previously homeless or at risk of it). Homefull also provides several options to increase income through an employment focus. This ranges from training programs to partnerships with community employers, where equity and inclusion in a professional environment is expected. Please call 937-293-1945 or email info@homefull.org for more information. 

Montgomery County ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services) - There are many free resources and online trainings available for DPS families through MC ADAMHS. Resources include mental health resources, prevention and early intervention resources, and treatment and support. Please visit https://www.mcadamhs.org/ for more information. 

Montgomery County Fatherhood Initiative (MCFI) - MCFI is dedicated to engaging fathers and helping them play an important role in their children’s lives. MCFI can assist fathers with employment, parenting time (visitation), license reinstatement, child support, and more. Please contact Michael Newsom at newsomm@mcohio.org for more information. 

Omega Community Development Corportation - Omega CDC's mission aims to equip individuals, families, and children with the resources, tools, and opportunities to break the cycle of generational poverty and achieve self-sufficiency through education, employment, economic development, and advocacy. Omega CDC's vision seeks to transform Northwest Dayton into a community supportive of children and families. By focusing on three aspects of community development: youth development, family development, and economic development. Learn more at https://www.omega-cdc.org/

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. Please visit https://www.nctsn.org/ for more information. 

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