BUSD Parents & Guardians

Equitable Public Schools: For the Wellbeing of Berkeley

We invite parents and guardians of students in BUSD to help us build a community committed to public education—as a donor, a volunteer, or both. 

We seek to work closely with BUSD administrators, educators, families, and community partners to bridge the gaps in our schools—to co-create a school system that gives all our students the opportunity to develop their academic skills, social-emotional wellness and intelligence, and a sense of agency and civic responsibility. We accomplish this through our grants and programs that address one or all of these tenets: 

Basic Needs, Safety and Belonging, and Love of Learning

 Learn more about our key programs below and we invite you to contact us with any questions, ideas or partnership possibilities.

The Berkeley Schools Volunteers (BSV) program includes Classroom Volunteers and School Support Volunteers. Both types of volunteers are essential to the support the Schools Fund is able to provide directly to BUSD educators and families. 

Since 2021, the Schools Fund has awarded around $500,000 in yearly grants to BUSD educators to implement equity focused projects at their individual school sites (LEARNING Grants) or at a district-wide level (LEADING Grants).

The Schools Fund, in coordination with BUSD, is offering a continuum of free K-12 STEM program opportunities, which are designed to to close the opportunity gap in STEM education and to build student confidence and participation in STEM fields.