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Resources for Families Affected by the LAUSD Teachers' Strike and Federal Government Shutdown

Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The current strike by teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, are affecting thousands of individuals and families in our region and across the nation. From students and teachers to federal government employees and military personnel, many families are struggling to cope with the financial impacts of these events.

Given that many SCG members focus their giving on ensuring access to basic services including food, housing, and education, we at SCG have compiled these resources for families affected by the strike and government shutdown. Please be sure to share with us any resources that you are providing or otherwise know about. We will do our best to amplify those resources broadly to our members and across our region.


Government and School District Services & Resources


  • LA Metro and LADOT DASH and Commuter Express are offering free rides to LA Unified students between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on regular school days. Bus operators will check LA Unified student IDs on-board and fare compliance officers will allow them to ride without fares on Metro’s Gold, Blue, Green, and Expo light rail lines. On the Red and Purple Lines and any other rail stations with fare gates, Metro will deploy TAP personnel to facilitate students’ free entry.

Funder Resources

  • Donor Briefing: Responding to the Impacts of the Federal Government Shutdown
    Thursday, January 17 at 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT

    Co-Hosted by Arabella Advisors, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Farm to Fork Initiative, Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Philanthropy New York, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders, and United Philanthropy Forum 
    Please RSVP here

  • Jewish Free Loan Association is offering no fee, interest-free loans up to $10,000 to those affected by the strike or government shutdown for basic living expenses, including rent, food, and utilities, car repair and other emergency expenses due to loss of income. Apply here

Community Organizations

Cultural Enrichment Opportunities

The following museums and cultural institutions are offering free admission during the event of a strike:

  • Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits - Free admission for all LA Unified students and LA Unified chaperones. On-site, grade appropriate, self-guided activities and lesson plans for pick-up at both museums by chaperones upon arrival. (Monday - Friday)
  • Petersen Automotive Museum - Free admission for all middle or high school students with LA Unified ID. A sign-in sheet will be available for elementary school students with no ID. The Petersen’s Discovery Center will offer crafts daily during the event of a strike. A parent or guardian must be present with students age 13 and under. (Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • Museum of Tolerance - Free admission for all LA Unified middle and high school students. (Monday - Thursday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, 10:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.)
  • MOCA - Free admission for all LA Unified students and one guardian or chaperone at both locations in downtown Los Angeles. Free educator-led tours on Thursday evenings and weekend afternoons. 
  • Los Angeles Zoo - The Los Angeles Zoo will offer free admission to LA Unified students grades K-12 as well as a “Community Safari Day” program for grades K-5 during the event of  a strike.

Below are additional museums and cultural institutions that offer free admission:

  • LACMA - LACMA is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Getty Center and Villa - Getty Center is open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (except Monday) and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Getty Villa is open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (except Tuesday). Parking is not free at either facility.
  • California Science Center - California Science Center is open daily, 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
  • California African American Museum - CAAM is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Parking is $12.
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes - La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday - Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument - El Pueblo Museums are open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. El Pueblo museums include Avila Adobe, America Tropical, Interpretive Center, Sepulveda House, Chinese American Museum, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, and Plaza Firehouse Museum. The Gateway to Nature and the Museum of Social Justice are open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free walking tours of historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles are offered Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Griffith Observatory - Griffith Observatory is open Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Parking near the Observatory is limited and costs $8-$10/hour. Daily low-cost DASH Observatory public bus service is available from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station. You may drive up to the Observatory and park in the parking lot or on the adjacent roads, however, roads leading up to the Observatory get very congested at busy times (weekends, evenings, holidays, spring break, summer).
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is open Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Maritime Museum - The Maritime Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  There is a free parking lot next to the Museum, on the former site of Acapulco Restaurant. There is also free street parking available.


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