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Center Joint Unified School District

Family and Student Resources


The Family Resource Center serves STUDENTS, FAMILIES, and SCHOOLS throughout all of the Center Joint Unified School District.



We welcome you to review program information below and the community resources listed on this page and in the CJUSD Resource Guide


The Family Resource Center is located at

CJUSD District Annex 3243 Center Court Lane (located at the end of the road) 

 Please contact us by phone at 916-339-4632 




The mission of the Center Joint Unified School District Family Resource Center is to help eliminate barriers to school success and help ensure a positive outcome for every CJUSD student by serving and supporting students, families, and schools through services, resources, and referrals that are integrated, comprehensive, and responsive to the identified needs.



By working in partnership with state and community agencies and the school community, the Family Resource Center will be a viable and sustainable resource of support and services meeting the needs of students, families, and schools, by connecting students and families to relevant services, resources, support, and referrals.


The Family Resource Center will collaborate with the school community to facilitate and coordinate appropriate supports and services for all students; share best practices, provide technical assistance and trainings involving the education of Foster Children and Youth and Students in Transition; and provide program support, services, and educational opportunities that focus on aspects of positive youth development, school safety, and school climate.     



Programs and Services Provided

Students and Families in Transition Services: Through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Family Resource Center provides support and resources to assist students and families in navigating the educational system so they continue to receive a quality education during this transitional time. Support and resources may vary from family to family. The Family Resource Center also provides educators with technical support to ensure schools are removing barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and academic success of students experiencing homelessness. Mentoring is available for students experiencing homelessness and/or unaccompanied minor students (grades 7-12). The Family Resource Center may be able to provide assistance with:

  • School Placement and Enrollment
  • Backpacks & School Supplies
  • School Clothing
  • Transportation Assistance
  • General Community Referrals and Resources
  • Healthcare Advocacy & Application Assistance
  • Mental Health Counseling Referrals
  • Academic Enrichment & Mentoring
  • Dispute Resolution Process


*School supplies, backpacks, and school clothing are available to families who are experiencing homelessness, or who qualify for free or reduced lunch and have been referred to the Family Resource Center by a CJUSD staff member. Transportation assistance may vary.*


Foster Youth Services: Every student in our district is ensured access to the same opportunities for academic achievement and supports, including children and youth in foster care. Foster students have educational rights established through Assembly Bills 167, 216, and 490 to help eliminate barriers to education and ensure school stability. The Family Resource Center works with school sites and community agencies such as group homes, foster families, social services, and post-high school programs to coordinate support efforts and promote educational rights, stability, and success for students in foster care. Mentoring is available for foster students (grades 7-12). Also, educators are provided with technical support to ensure they are aware of these rights as well as parent/guardians and foster students themselves. The Family Resource Center may be able to provide assistance with:

  • School Placement, Enrollment and Transfer
  • Case Management
  • Academic Enrichment & Mentoring
  • Dispute Resolution Process


Community and Mental Health Resources: The Family Resource Center recognizes the importance of addressing the physical, emotional, and mental health needs of students and families. The Family Resource Center may be able to provide mental health counseling referrals and services to qualified families and students within the Center Joint Unified School District. This is a collaborative effort between schools and local agencies. Sacramento County Mental Health Resources and Parent Toolkit are helpful resources for parents. 


Program Support: The Family Resource Center provides an array of program supports and technical assistance to school sites and staff through professional development opportunities, social-emotional learning and mental health programs, and initiatives, such as the Sacramento County Bullying Prevention Project, that help improve school safety and school climate. For more bullying prevention resources: California Department of Education: Bullying and Hate-Motivated Behavior Prevention: Provides resources for parents, administrators, and students on how bullying can be prevented and addressed. Resources include publications, sample policies, and frequently asked questions. California Department of Education: Bullying Publications & Resources: Publications and resources for educators, parents, and community members with tools for recognizing bullying behavior and approaches for determining how to respond. provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. 




Program Staff:

Ryan Miranda

Coordinator and District Homeless and Foster Youth Liaison

Center Joint Unified School District

Student Services

916-338-6387 or 916-339-4632


Marisa DiGiordano

Office Assistant

Center Joint Unified School District

Student Services


Kiely Pilcher

Student and Family Support Assistant 

Center Joint Unified School District

Student Services


Janelle Smith

Student and Family Support Assistant 

Center Joint Unified School District

Student Services

Mental Health Support Contacts
Mental Health Access: (916) 875-1055 
Consumer-Operated Warm Line: (916) 366-4668
Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic: (916) 520-2460
Local 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: (916) 368-3111
211 Sacramento