Family Resources

Family Assistance Program

We have a Licensed Clinical Social worker in partnership with University Village, Tang -Social Services and the Student Parent Center. The Family Assistance Program at UVA, headed by Jason Straussman, LCSW is available to both students and non-student family members living at University Village. The program exists to provide direct crisis counseling support, clinical case management, serve families struggling with transition to UVA, support families during crisis of domestic violence, financial struggles, academic stress and other mental health stressors that one may encounter while being a student family studying and managing life responsibilities. Jason Straussman, LCSW is available at the village on Mondays & Tuesdays (in-person) and provides drop in hours from 1:00-2:00 PM these days ( In addition, he is in the Student Parent Center on Wednesday and Thurdays (in-person) and available for appointments by sending an email to or calling 510-561-8199. There are no fees for services as Tang, UVA and the Student Parent Center are committed to supporting our student families. 

If this is an immediate crisis please call UCPD 510-642-3333, 911 or visit your local emergency room. Tang also offers crisis counseling on the third floor in Counseling and Psychological Services for students.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

The Bear Pantry

The Bear Pantry is the UC system's first food pantry. Established in 2009 by a student parent at the Village to serve low-income student families at the Village with dependent minors. Recently reborn as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Bear Pantry currently provides emergency food assistance to low-income student families living in the Village with dependent minors. Qualifying families are eligible to receive one Bear Pantry Bin every semester. A Bear Pantry Bin contains non-perishable food staples and a food gift card to a local supermarket for purchasing fresh produce, meat, or dairy. In addition, the Bear Pantry provides diaper assistance to low-income student families with children aged 0-3. Qualifying families are eligible to receive 50 free diapers per month. You can find out more about applying for food assistance here. To find out more about applying ot the diaper bank program, go here.

Local Schools

University Village is located within the Albany Unified School District. Albany Unified School District is set up such that children may be enrolled in any school in the city. There are children from the Village in every school in the district.

Childcare and Afterschool Programs

There are several options for childcare for student families:
After-School Homework Club: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 3 - 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 2 - 5:30 p.m., during the school year. Children ages 8 to 12 (Grades 3-8) can receive help with his or her homework in the Community Center. Volunteers and staff are available to assist with arithmetic, reading, composition and science homework. Does your child need reading or English support? Our Reading Incentives Program provides a place for your younger child to pick a book from our selection and read aloud with a Reading Buddy. Older students can read silently and then discuss the book with a buddy. Fun prizes can be earned just for reading! YOUR CHILD MUST BE REGISTERED PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION. For questions, contact Wendy Ellison at   To Sign-Up: Village resident parent/guardian must complete a HW Club registration form (available in the Community Center Homework Club room) and submit to HW Club staff during Homework Club hours.

UC Berkeley's Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) serves children between the ages of 3 months and 7 years. ECEP provides sliding scale rates, depending on financial need.

The Albany Children's Center  is a year-round multi-cultural early childhood program of Albany Unified School District. It provides a full day program for preschool children ages 2.9 to 5 years. It also provides before and after school care for students in grades K-3 at each school site.

BANANAS is a nonprofit childcare referral and support agency serving the diverse families in Northern Alameda County, California. It provides free parenting information, workshops and referrals to family child care, child care centers, preschools, babysitters, in-home caregivers, nannies, and playgroups.