It’s that time of year again! Students and parents across the country are shopping for their back-to-school needs.
But when it comes to foster care and education, back-to-school checklists aren’t always that simple. Parents of K-12 children will spend a record average of $696.70 on backpacks, notebooks and more this season, according to the National Retail Federation. Yet not all foster families can afford these necessary resources for school year prep.
That’s where iFoster’s extensive portal of resources comes into play. For free, all of our members receive discounts on amazing resources and gain access to opportunities that are not only beneficial to them at the start of the school year, but year-round. Here are just a few:
Foster Care Education Resources
Vision Service Plan
For students who require reading glasses, Vision Service Plan (VSP) has partnered with us to bring free vision exams and eyeglasses to youth whose caregivers or agencies are uninsured (either with Medicaid or private vision insurance). Taking care of any potential visual impairments before the start of the school year is crucial to ensure students get off on the right foot with no immediate setbacks that could hinder reading or participating in class.
For high schoolers, laptops are almost always necessary for research, homework, job or college applications, networking, etc. Of course, laptops can be an expensive investment that is not always easy to swing. Luckily, iFoster’s 1 Laptop Computer Program reduces that expense.
Through our partnership with Microsoft and Computer Dealers Inc., we give iFoster members the ability to purchase a laptop or desktop with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and full Office Home and Student for as low as $200 (including shipping). For just a fraction of the typical cost, you can receive a business quality computer with brand new software from Microsoft.
Tutoring & Homework Guidance
iFoster has many resources dedicated to tutoring and mentoring. Khan Academy, one of our most popular self-help tools, is a free, award-winning library of videos that helps students learn and complete their homework. With an incredible library of over 4,300 videos, Khan covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
We also offer many other local tutoring programs available through our iFoster member portal.
For high school upperclassmen, the start of the school year brings the start of planning for your future. This is the time to reflect on what you want to do after graduation. Do you need to start applying to colleges and universities? Should you be taking the SAT or ACT? Or do you want to enter straight into the workforce?
Regardless, it’s time to start thinking ahead. Career Cruising is one of our programs that offers free career and employment preparation allowing youth to explore and receive individualized guidance on 7,500 colleges and vocational schools, over 600 careers and thousands of available jobs.
Back-to-school means not only prepping for the year ahead, but in some cases, the next several years ahead.
Find All Your Back-To-School Resource Needs In iFoster’s Member Portal
We know that back-to-school can be a stressful (but exciting) time for students and caregivers alike. In order for foster youth to receive the same opportunities as their peers, they need access to the same kinds of resources.
iFoster is where foster care and education meet. We are dedicated to providing foster youth across the nation with the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential — in and out of the classroom.
Become a member here for free today to immediately access great resources.