(Formerly Balance4kids)

Mission Statement

BalanceSCC (Balance Santa Cruz County) enriches the lives of people with unique needs through compassionate care solutions, collaborative giving, and community.

What we do

Compassionate Care Solutions

BalanceSCC partners with schools and families to provide flexible person-centered care solutions to people with unique needs in classrooms, after school programs, and homes. We offer flexible scheduling and coordinate coverage for absences, relieving the burden of care logistics from schools and families and, most importantly, we work to ensure our care givers are the right fit personally and professionally with the clients they serve.

Collaborative Giving

BalanceSCC facilitates giving from community members to classrooms and donates free training directly to schools. Our giving combats the inadequate resources for students with unique needs and empowers teachers to innovate in their classrooms.

The BalanceSCC Teacher Grant Program:

Every year in the fall BalanceSCC accepts applications directly from teachers and service providers for the supplies they need - but cannot afford - to support students with unique needs. BalanceSCC raises approximately $25,000 from the community every year to support this effort, helping the community to support its teachers.

Free Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training for Schools (TCIS):

The TCIS training program for school staff presents a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis. BalanceSCC funds free initial and ongoing TCIS trainings for schools in Santa Cruz County every summer. To date, we have trained over a hundred local educators.


Friendship and fellowship are key parts of a good life, and they help young people develop the skills they need to be successful and contributing members of their work places and communities. BalanceSCC runs an after-school program for children and a day program for adults to provide equitable access to friendships and community for young people with unique needs.

2019 "Non-Profit of the Year"

State Certified NPA

Balance4kids DBA BalanceSCC

(831) 464-8669

Tax ID# 75-2994317

If you would like to donate to BalanceSCC, please use the PayPal link below.

All donations are tax deductible.

BalanceSCC Office Notice

Due to the Covid-19 Shelter-In-Place, the BalanceSCC office will be closed to the public until further notice. The office managers are available via phone and email if you need to contact us for anything. Our contact information can be found here: Contact Us.

While the office is closed to the public, BalanceSCC is working to keep our managers safe by doing the following:

Having automatic waste bins

Enforcing face masks when entering and exiting office, and when not at desk

Enforcing self medical check before coming to work.

Providing hand sanitizer, hand soap, lysol spray throughout the office

Allowing staggered work schedules as needed

Only having three staff at time in the office

Not sharing phones or items on others desks

Keeping the office closed to the public

Cleaning hands at the door and regularly throughout the day

Creating habits and reminders to avoid touching our faces and cover coughs and sneezes

Disinfecting surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, phones, printers, and handrails regularly

Increasing ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Using videoconferencing for meetings when possible

When videoconferencing not possible, holding meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces

Adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

Per CDC Recommendations, we are strongly encouraging our employees to take the following actions:

    1. Stay home if they have a temperature of 100.4 F or exhibit respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath.

    2. Go home if they develop these symptoms while at the workplace.

    3. Block all coughs and sneezes with a tissue, elbow, or shoulder not with their bare hands.

    4. Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    5. Avoid shaking hands or engaging in any close contact with other employees or customers.