FCRC helping families become independent


Family and Community Resource Center helps families become independent

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges.

The center’s staff fields requests for a variety of resources to help those in need. Those requests typically include items such as school supplies, backpacks, winter clothes and personal items that enable students to stay focused on their studies.

While a main goal of the FCRC is to assist families experiencing housing instability, it can also help connect families with many other types of resources and is intended to respond to the changing needs of the community.

The FCRC is a continuation of the district’s joint efforts with the Battle Ground Education Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools.

Contact information

Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)

Brie Gardner
Administrative Assistant

Chelsea Ward
FCRC Specialist, South Schools

Chris Chappell-Ward
FCRC Advocate, North Schools

Travis Blankenship
FCRC Specialist, North Schools

Zac Palica
FCRC Advocate, South Schools

January 2023

Dear Parent, Guardian and Community Member:

The Battle Ground Public Schools Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) is available to assist students and families with resources, strategies and tools to meet basic needs and ultimately lead to academic achievement and economic independence. The FCRC coordinates services that assist all students and families with needs including clothes, shoes, coats, school supplies, backpacks and many other seasonal and specific needs. The FCRC also serves students and families identified as homeless as well as students in foster care.

Battle Ground Public Schools implements the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Foster Care Student Education Program which both ensure that students living in unstable living situations have full access and transportation to their school of origin along with services to support their educational success.

It’s our pleasure to provide your students and family with these services throughout the coming school year, and we look forward to working with you. Please contact us if we may assist with any questions or services.

The FCRC is here to serve any BGPS student or family in need with:
• Urgent clothing, shoes, coat needs
• Backpacks and school supplies
• Community resources, connections and partnerships
• Assistance for parents and students to access educational programs and other self-sufficiency programs (FAFSA, job access partnerships, etc.)
• Assistance with coordination of urgent needs with local partnerships
• Community and volunteer opportunities

Homeless students who meet McKinney-Vento eligibility also have a right to equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool, as non-homeless children and youth including:
• Right to attend school even without necessary documents while those documents are being located
• Right to full participation in school related activities
• Right to transportation to and from your students school of origin
• Free lunch/breakfast at school if it is offered to other students
• Academic support
• Confidentiality of your living situation

Students currently in foster care also receive:
• Coordination with DSHS (best fit)
• Free lunch/breakfast at school if it’s offered to other students
• Transportation to school of origin

Battle Ground Public Schools Family and Community Resource Center

FCRC Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION Lewisville Campus

406 NW 5th AVE, Battle Ground, WA 98604

Family Resource Guide

The Family Resource Guide is now digital! The Family and Community Resource Center is a natural extension of the district’s partnerships with these local resources.

Volunteer or Support FCRC

The BGPS Family and Community Resource Center is able to provide support for basic student and family needs through the robust and active support of volunteers! If you’re interested in getting involved and helping out, please complete the FCRC’s Volunteer and Support Interest Form. Contact the Family and Community Resource Center at fcrc@battlegroundps.org.

Clothes Closet Donation Needs

  • Underwear (boys and men especially)
  • Boys pants (primary school)
  • Sweatpants (all sizes)
  • 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Laundry Soap or Pods (clean and clear preferred)
  • Dish Soap (smaller containers)
  • Deodorant (men, women’s, and/or unisex)
  • Tissues
  • Facial Wipes
  • Disposable Razors

SHARE Food Bags

Request a food bag to come home from school with your student on Fridays during the school year. The bags are delivered directly to the schools by volunteers weekly by the SHARE Hunger Response team of SHARE Vancouver. Request a SHARE Food Bag here

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