We’re here to help
Learning can be difficult when students’ basic needs aren’t met. The goal of Family-Community Resource Centers is to help all children succeed, and we do that by removing barriers and connecting families with available community resources.
Help can come in many forms: anything from student homework help and school supplies to health services and dental care, clothing, food, emergency housing, job assistance, early childhood education, assistance with GED preparation and more.
Help is easy to find by contacting or visiting any of our FCRC locations, located in several schools throughout the district, or our mobile FCRC.
Latest FCRC news
Available food items will include snacks, breakfast items, bread and bagels, lunch items, fresh produce and more.
VPS' network of Family-Community Resource Centers is a promising approach to boosting family engagement and addressing poverty's effects on learning.
Community schools news archives
Mobile FCRC, 2017 Magna Award Grand Prize, National School Boards Association
Superintendent awarded for community schools, Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award, 2016
Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival, 2015 Magna Award, NSBA
Vancouver Public Schools, 2015 Magna Award, American School Boards Journal
Vancouver Public Schools: Family-Community Resource Centers, Districts of Distinction November 2014, District Administration
Vancouver Public Schools, 2011 Magna Award, American School Boards Journal
No Ordinary Day: Travel with Us to Six Innovative Districts, American School Board Journal, October 2017
Webb, Hagley named by Education Week as Leaders to Learn from 2016, Education Week, 2016
Broader Bolder Approach relaunch, Washington Post, 2016
Blurring the line between schools and communities, K-12 Insight, 2016
League of Innovative Schools members named 2016 Leaders to Learn From, Digital Promise, 2016
Family resource centers help kids in need, The Columbian, Oct. 2015
Vancouver schools takes lead in helping needy pupils, Op-ed, The Columbian, Oct. 2015
Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival, American School Board Journal, First-Place Magna Award, March 2015
Using Data to Further a Community School Initiative in Vancouver, WA, Data Quality Campaign, 2014
Zone Offense Helps District Fight Challenges of Poverty, Learning First, January 2012
Local view: Poverty-affected schools deserve support, Op-ed, The Columbian, April 2010
Weiss, Elaine, and S. Paul Reville. Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty. Harvard Education Press, 2019.
Welcoming partners into schools to reduce barriers to learning, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools: Innovation Portfolios, April 2019
Housing and Education Partnerships: A Case Study of Vancouver, Washington, Urban Institute, April 2015
How Community Schools Can Cultivate Hope, Opportunity and Agency, Education Week Leaders to Learn From, April 2017
Mobile FCRC, 2017 Magna Award Grand Prize, Mar. 2017
Fruit Valley Community Learning Center FCRC, Sept. 2015
Family engagement at Hudson’s Bay High School, Sept. 2015
Stuff the bus, school supply drive, Aug. 2015
Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival, Aug. 2015
Need an Internet connection? Want to learn about resources? See where our Wi-Fi-enabled mobile FCRC is headed next!