SAY’s Back-to-School Resources

SAY’s Back-to-School Resources

SAY provides vital services for young people and their families through every kind of major life and community event. As we head into Back-to-School season while continuing to navigate an ever-changing COVID landscape, we recognize the challenges that families and young adults face while pursuing their education

Here is a list of resources that are available to help support youth, caregivers, teachers, and advocates during this uncertain time. We will update this page as more virtual materials and information become available.

Please be sure to follow our Facebook page for current updates and, for young people looking for career support, find us on Instagram @SAYcareers.

Online School Resources

Tips for Successful Zoom Calls

Read this go-to guide for camera-ready tips to help you prepare for video calls and online classroom attendance.

Are you ready to go live?

Checklist for the Online Classroom

Download this helpful checklist to ensure that your student is ready for class.

Zoom Checklist

Creating a Calm Learning Space

Setting up a space for learning doesn’t require an extra room or new furniture. Read our blog post on organizing an area for your student to concentrate while distance learning.

Sonoma County Library Resources

Students with a current library card can access free resources such as support from a tutor at, access to video tutorials from, and more. See their eResource page here.

Great Schools provides resources for educating youth online from grades Kindergarten through High School, as well as smart strategies for parenting.

Affordable Access to Internet and Phone Services

California Lifeline is a program providing discounted rates for cell phone and landline services to qualified households. Learn more here.

Xfinity Comcast offers affordable internet service for eligible households. Learn more about this program here. 

Day Camps and Child Care

Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin

The Boys & Girls Club is providing full-day programs for students to join their Fall Club Distance Learning Groups. This program is available from 8 am – 3 pm, with options for aftercare that run until 5:30 pm. Locations include Cloverdale, Windsor, Guerneville, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Petaluma. Scholarships and subsidies are available. Learn more about this program.

Camp HBG 2.0

Camp HBG 2.0 is a distance learning care program that provides a safe and supervised environment for students to complete their virtual learning and enables caregivers to make the return to work. Camp hours are Monday – Friday, from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.  Reduced and sliding scale rates are available. Learn more about Camp HBG here.

Extended Child Care Coalition

This organization provides options for child care, including homework assistance, in Santa Rosa and Windsor. You can visit their website here.

Find Child Care By Location

The site is a tool to help caregivers find local child care by location. This tool is a collaboration between the CA Department of Social Services, the CA Department of Education, and the CA Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Find child care here.

Fighting Food Insecurity

Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Redwood Empire Food Bank has several options for picking up food, including a grab-and-go meals for children 0-18. Learn how to pick up food here.

211 Sonoma

2-1-1- Sonoma is a free service provided by United Way of the Wine Country, and provides referrals for health and human services in the county. Text your zip code to 898-211 or dial 2-1-1 for help. This service is available 24/7, always free, and available in multiple languages. You can visit their website here.

Petaluma Bounty

Petaluma Bounty has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for hot meals, groceries, CalFresh and WIC Information, and much more.  You can view their list here.

Mental Health and Drop-In Resources

Youth Drop-in Services Open

All young people can access drop-in support for food, housing and shelter information, and hygiene supplies at SAY’s Coffee House Teen Shelter 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Coffee House Teen Shelter is located at 1243 Ripley St. in downtown Santa Rosa.

SAY’s 24/7 Youth Crisis Hotline remains open if you need immediate help or are in a crisis – call us anytime at 1-888-729-0012.

Drop-in services at the SAY Dream Center are canceled until further notice. All drop-in services are taking place at Coffee House Teen Shelter right now.

SAY’s mental health clinicians have put together a few simple suggestions for how to maintain good mental health and cope with anxiety during these times. Click the links below to view and download the PDFs in English or Spanish.

Mental Health Toolkit: 

Self-care Strategies – English
Estrategias de Cuidado Personal – En Español

Losses that can cause grief – English
Pérdidas que pueden causar dolor  – En Español

Common Grief Reactions – English
Reacciones de duelo comunes – En Español