It’s that time of the year again! At The Guidance Center, we understand the mix of excitement and apprehension that children, parents and educators experience at the start of a new school year. As you get ready to head back to the classroom, it’s important to prepare with the right tools. In today’s blog, we are delighted to share an array of resources aimed at ensuring a seamless and successful transition back to school.

From parenting support groups to helpful video guides, we’ve got you covered! 


Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Virtual Wellness Center

The Virtual Wellness Center is a place for students, families and staff to find resources for managing emotions, feelings, and building resilience. In the Virtual Wellness Center, you will find videos and activities to help enhance your overall well-being. Take some time to enjoy, explore, and relax.





Planet Health – Compton: Back To School Night

Join Planet Health – Compton for a Back To School Night Event on August 20th! From 11 am – 5 pm, they will be giving out donated school supplies, providing free haircuts to children, and serving scrumptious food. Let’s come together to empower the next generation for success!





The Science of Well-Being for Teens

A recent survey found that 37% of teens say they have poor mental health. This 6-week course aims to curb this mental health crisis by bringing together the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life. In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in high school and beyond. The lessons along with short weekly ‘happiness homework’ assignments will help prepare you to put these scientific findings into practice. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better and to build healthier habits. Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find the course beneficial.




Family Source Centers

Find the services you need to support your family today. FamilySource Centers (FSC) are a one-stop shop in your neighborhood for social, educational, work, and family support services.

Free Services May Include:

  • parent education
  • after-school activities
  • domestic violence counseling
  • counseling for kids
  • legal assistance
  • adult literacy and English as a Second Language classes




Long Beach Child and Adolescence Program: Parenting Support Group for Parents of Teens

The Long Beach Child and Adolescence Program is hosting a free 5-week parenting support group for those facing the challenges of raising teenagers. Meet other parents, share experiences, tips, and explore topics such as:
• How to parent teenagers as the relationship dynamics change
• Helping teens with motivation in schoolwork and other activities
• Learning what is “normal” in parent-teen relationships
• Sharing ways to support your teen and yourself!



The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project

This series provides free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills. The project was born of an innovative partnership between the state of California and the Child Mind Institute.





Whether you’re a teacher setting up your classroom for new students, a parent getting ready to send your little one off to their first day of kindergarten or a high school senior getting ready for your final year, these valuable tools will ensure a smooth transition into the new academic year.

Let’s make this back-to-school season happy and healthy for everyone!