Student & Family Support Services
MUSD Early Learning and Resource Center
7651 N Oldfather Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85741
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (520) 616-3013
FAX: (520) 579-4909
Director: Dr. Cynthia Ruich -
Secretary: Tammy Fricks -
Student & Family Support Services Coordinator: Jackie Franco, 520-579-4920,
The mission of the Student & Family Support Services Department is to ensure that ALL students have an equal opportunity to succeed in school by removing barriers to achieving academic and personal excellence. Our department offers a wide range of programs and services to MUSD students and the community. These programs and services are designed to address the academic and social needs of our students. We work in partnership with other district departments, sites, and programs, as well as with external community agencies and programs.
The services and programs that the Student & Family Support Services Department provides are:
- K-12 School Counseling Program
- Crisis Response Team
- Family Resource Center
- Foster Care Point of Contact
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Services
- Multi-Tiered System of Support
Marana Unified School District employs Master level, full-time school counselors at each school. Our school counselors work with all students on their academic, personal/social, and career development needs in classrooms, small groups and individual settings. The school counseling program promotes student achievement. School counselors do not provide mental health screenings or mental health treatment.
Crisis Response Team
The MUSD Crisis Response Team is one of the services offered by the school counseling program.
Composed of district school counselors and social workers, the Crisis Response Team takes action in the aftermath of a crisis to minimize its effects and addresses the emotional responses that result from a crisis by providing short-term support services to students and staff.
Family Resource Center
MUSD has a Family Resource Center located at the MUSD Early Learning and Resource Center, 7651 N Oldfather Rd., Tucson, AZ 85741. There are several programs and services provided at the Center:
- Staff providing support services, community resources, and information.
- A food and clothing bank relying solely on community donations and grants
- Partner with the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
- Community Collaboration to provide additional support and services (Love & Logic, Kinship and Parent/Guardian Education, etc.)
- Counseling services after school and early evenings through school referral and appointment only
Homeless Education Services
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act is a federal law that is designed to address the problems that children/youth living in temporary or inadequate housing face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in schools.
MUSD has designated a homeless liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified, and receive educational services for which they are eligible. The liaison coordinates those services through the Student & Family Support Services Department.
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
MUSD uses the MTSS framework to help educators provide academic and behavioral strategies for students with various needs. The flexibility of this framework allows students to move from tier to tier as needed, without prescribed timelines. The elements of MTSS include:
- Multiple tiers of instruction, intervention, and support
- Problem-solving process
- Data evaluation
- Communication and collaboration
- Capacity building infrastructure
Our Department Staff help support, enhance, and expand PBIS district-wide, using tiered interventions, and providing training throughout the districts and community.
For more information on the individual programs and services, please feel free to contact Student & Family Support Services at (520) 616-3013 or by email.