Families Together for Kids in LA County
Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) is launching a campaign called Families Together for Kids in LA County that is focused on engaging parents and families of young children. Registered parents and families of young children would be periodically selected to receive brief surveys to share their experience and ideas on how to best support the needs of children, families, and providers in LA County. For each survey completed, participants get entered into a raffle to win compensation card. We encourgae all parents and caregivers of children ages 0-8 to participate. Register HERE!
Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA) ha implementando una campaña de participación comunitaria llamada Familias Unidas por Los Niños de LA que se enfoca en involucrar a los padres y familias con niños pequeños. Al inscribirse, los padres y las familias con niños pequeños periódicamente recibirán encuestas breves para compartir sus experiencias e ideas sobre cómo apoyar mejor las necesidades de los niños, las familias y los proveedores en el condado de Los Ángeles. Por cada encuesta completada, los participantes participan en un sorteo para ganar tarjetas de regalo. Alentamos a todos los padres y familias con niños de 0 a 8 años a participar. Regístrese aquí!
Resources for Early Child Care Educators:
Accurate, Up-to-Date Information on COVID-19
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Resource Food Bank Guide provided by Los Angeles Food Bank.
- Latest updates from the DPSS Director.
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response(official site of the state of California and California Department of Health)
- City of Los Angeles: COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe
- Long Beach Health Department: COVID-19
Info line: 562-570-INFO; Twitter: #COVID19LongBeach
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The White House Coronavirus (COVID-19) Taskforce: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
- World Health Organization
- Kaiser Family Foundation State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
- The L.A. Times coronavirus page is updated twice each weekday with answers to common questions.
- LAist’s No-Panic Guide To The Coronavirus In LA
- California Department of Education: Forms Available for Essential Workers and At – Risk Populations Emergency Childcare Services.
- EveryChild California: COVID-19 resource page
- NPR: Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus
- LA County Library is offering a temporary digital card, valid for 90 days. Get yours at LACountyLibrary.org/library-cards and gain access to all of the Library’s digital offerings, including eBooks, audio-books, magazines, movies, TV, homework help, online classes, and more. For more information about Coronavirus and Library resources, including Express Holds Pickup offerings at select libraries, visit LACountyLibrary.org/coronavirus.
- KCET and PBS At Home Learning Resources
- The Genius of Play: Learning At-Home Resources While Social Distancing
- LAist: Kids Stuck At Home? Here’s How To Keep Them Busy And Grow Their Brains At The Same Time
- CATCH Health at Home: COVID-19 Distance Learning Resources
- Comprehensive List of Educational Resources
- Virtual Classes and Activities for Lower Elementary
- Elementary Digital Learning by Subject Area
- The Organ Wise Guys Educational Resources
- Free/Discounted Internet Access for Students
- Common Sense Media: Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home
- Video: How Grown-ups vote.
- Video: LACC staff are sharing group activities for children and parents at home
- Video: Current Events—perfect for conversation or asking questions (5-12 grades)
- Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school
- Peer support for Autism Spectrum Disorder—social network with forums, information, and chatrooms. Click here.
- A list of free educational subscriptions
- Teaching how to type (Google account login for easier access)
- Reading comprehension curriculum (account setup required
- Math games and quizzes.
- Activities for children of all ages (Spanish)
- Musical activities for families.
- Activities with Household items—very creative and multi-functional
- Science experiments + other activities
- Virtual field trips (from the zoo to Mars)
- Free PDF downloads or virtual coloring
- COVID-19: Resources for Families and Educators:
Emotional, Mental, & Spiritual Resources
- Mental Health Consideration during COVID-19 – World Health Organization (WHO)
- Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety – Harvard Health
- Coronavirus Anxiety: How to Prepare, Not Panic – Psycomm
- Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety – Podcast on COVID-19 anxiety
- Managing Children’s Fear, Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19 – Medspace
- Headspace – 2-week Free Trial for new Joiners
- Self-Havening for Health Empowerment & Anxiety Reduction – Coronavirus/COVID-19 w/ Dr. Kate Truitt – YouTube link to a guided meditation session
- Talkspace is now hosting daily #MentalHealthStandUps on its Instagram Stories
- Interfaith Prayer Guide
- Jewish Grief & Mourning Guide
- Islamic Guidelines on COVID-19
- Prayer by Pope Francis
- Catholic Prayer Resources
- Prayer Guide in Spanish – en espanol
- Prayers for Times of a Public Health Concern
- Intercessory Prayer Guide
- Coping with Stress during Covid July 2020 CDC
- Caring for Someone with Covid-19 at Home May 2020 CDC
- Staff Care & Support During Covid-19 Crisis Apr 2020 MHPSS
- Video: (50 minutes) Dr. Barbara Stroud’s book Intentional Living: Finding the inner peace to create successful relationships.
- Article: 3 Practices for Calming the Anxious Self By Sarah Peyton, Dec, 2017
- Handout: Coping with Stress During the Covid-19 Pandemic from ACEsConnection
Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Angelenos
- Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: COVID-19 Information and Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Angelenos
- Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions for Immigrants(Spanish, Korean|Chinese|Khmer)
- Community Care Licensing Division: Resources and support for CA’s immigrant population: click here.
- Disaster Relief Assistance For Immigrants (DRAI): Click here
- Coronavirus Testing & Treatment for Uninsured L.A. County Residents (Spanish|Chinese)
Uninsured individuals can get free coronavirus testing and treatment, regardless of immigration status. They may also qualify for My Health LA, a health-care program for low-income LA County residents. Call 844-744-6452 for more information. Visit lacounty.gov/MHLA for a list of their clinics.
- Relief Funds For Undocumented Workers in California
- California Immigrant Guide: COVID-19 Information for Immigrant Communities
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Community Hotline: (888) 624-4752
- Protecting Immigrant Families: Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19
- Public Defender: Call (213) 974-0572 or (833) 974-3003 for a hotline for those who are in immigrant custody or fear they may be in immigrants custody in the future.
- Undocumented Workers’ Employment: Information on undocumented workers’ employment rights.
- Guidelines for Undocumented People and DACA Recipients on COVID-19: https://www.chirla.org/avada_portfolio/community-education/
Business Loans, Check Disbursements, and Grants
- Small Business Loan: The City of Los Angeles has set up the Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program to help small business affected by COVID-19. Click here
- 2020 Recovery Rebate Tax Credit: A rebate tax credit will be available to all adults who have a valid Social Security number, authorized to work, and are not claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
- City of Los Angeles – Angeleno Card: The City of Los Angeles is providing direct financial assistance to residents through the Angelo Card. Immigration status is not considered for eligibility. Available funds depend on income. For more information call 213-263-6774 or visit https://hcidla.lacity.org/
- Stimulus check bracket breakdown: Click here.
- LA Covid-19 Community Connector: Crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits.
- Small business interest free deferral of taxes of sales/ use tax: Up to $50,000 for business with less than $5 million in taxable sales
- Extension for business filling taxes: https://cdtfa.ca.gov/
- General resources for Small Businesses: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
Job Opportunities/ Unemployment Resources
- 99 Cents is looking to hire immediately in Inglewood, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Carson and Lomita. For more information click here. Application can be viewed here.
- Foster Farms is hiring for multiple positions at its Compton site. Click here. Application can be viewed here.
- Spectrum is hiring throughout greater Los Angeles for multiple positions. https://jobs.spectrum.com/
- Northgate Market is hiring for multiple positions for the Bell, South Gate, Los Angeles regions. https://www.northgatemarket.com/careers
- WCD Construction is hiring for their Goodwill Southern California location. For more information, please call (323) 223-1211
- The Kensington Redondo Beach is hiring for full-time and part-time positions. Please call 424-241-2064
- Cambrian Homecare is hiring for caregiving opportunities. Call 866-650-4300 or visit www.cambrianhomecare.com
- Merchants Building Maintenance is now hiring janitors in the greater Los Angeles region. Apply at https://mbmonline.com/ or call 323-881-6700 ext. 213
- Labor & Workforce Development Agency: COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers
- EDD Resources: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- Benefits for workers affected by COVID-19: Click here.
Resources for Shelters in L.A. County
- Winter Shelter Program Update: Shelter Extension– A number of Winter Shelter Programs will be extended past March 31, 2020. For a full list of those programs by SPA, click here. For more information, call the Winter Shelter Hotline at 800-548-6047 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week).
- Peace Over Violence Survivor Referral Sheet
- Peace Over Violence Home Visitors Referral Form
- Peace Over Violence: 213-626-3396
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority: Call (800) 548-6047 or visit lahsa.org/get-help
Resources for Renters
- The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) Rent Stabilization News and Updates
- The City of Los Angeles issued a moratorium on evictions of residential and commercial tenants. Also, no LADWP utility shutoffs for non-payment.
- Rent Stabilization: For information call the LA County Consumer and Business Affairs’ Rent Stabilization Unit at (833) 223-RENT (7368) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Curbed: What to do if you get an eviction notice during coronavirus outbreak
Health Care and Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- To find Health Access California’s most recent advice on care and coverage options, click here. They offer advice to all, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status.
- Dignity Health’s Virtual Care Anywhere provides virtual urgent care for free to anyone experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Access the service at org/virtualcareanywhere, by calling 855-356-8053, or by downloading the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and using the coupon code COVID19. The service is normally $35 per visit, but this will be waived for any patient who thinks they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. See the flyer here and view these FAQs.
- LA County COVID-19 testing. Schedule an appointment here.
- Are your a member of L.A. Care? Access information about tele-health visits here. Members can also call the L.A. Care Nurse Advice Line at (800) 249-3619 (TTY 711), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Benefits: Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, Unemployment, WIC and Food Resources
- All DPSS benefits, Medi-Cal, CalFRESH, CalWORKs and General Relief will continue uninterrupted during March, April and May 2020. Offices are closed, but online applications are being accepted. Get more details here.
- The Department of Public Social Services has provided resources to help residents who may be experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic. Read more here. This L.A. Times article also explains how to file for unemployment if you’ve lost your job due to coronavirus closures.
- WIC Services During COVID-19 Outbreak: In Los Angeles County, many WIC offices are not providing face-to-face services, but are serving families by phone, text, and email. People who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are pregnant, postpartum or have a child under five years old can apply for WIC services by texting APPLY to 91997, calling WIC at 888-942-2229, or visiting org/apply. Information in Spanish is available.
- Meals for the elderly: The City of Los Angeles is doubling its efforts to deliver 12,000 meals a day directly to the homes of senior citizens. If you’re 60 or older and live in the city of LA call (213) 263-5226 between 9am-5pm to sign up for meal delivery.
- School Meals During School Closure:
- The “CA Meals for Kids” mobile app has been updated to help students and families find meals during COVID-19-related emergency school closures. It’s available on Apple, Android, or Microsoft mobile devices. Download it here.
- Visit org/SchoolMeals to find a comprehensive list of school sites where families can go to access free food for their children.
- Expensify.org is reimbursing families who use SNAP (CalFresh in Calif.) up to $50 when they purchase groceries and other essentials using an EBT card. Here are details on how to get paid.
- Food banks and pantries: There are a number of food bank and pantry directories available to help Angelenos find the ones closest to them, including:
- The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Food Pantry Locator
- The California Association of Food Banks Directory
- The California Volunteer’s Food Banks and Shelter Directory
- Food and Nutrition Service Response to COVID-19
- USDA:Find Meals for Kids When Schools are Closed
- Free Food Resources For LA County Residents: Click here for more information.
- Assistance with Food expenses near you: Click here for options and food distribution near you.
- Food delivery assistance: Call 1-888-863-7411 or click here for more information.
- 50 Social Distance Activities: While it may seem challenging to keep small children socially distanced in your early learning program, here are 50 activities for children ages 0-5 that will keep them engaged and safe.
- Printables: Cold & Flu Season During COVID-19: The Child Care Director’s Guide from HiMama
- Read Alouds about Voting: If you’re engaging your children and families in the upcoming election and voting process, here are some great read-alouds on YouTube to share during storytime. (Books include: Grace for President, V is for Voting, Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote, etc.)
Working with Parents and Families
- Toolkit: Preparing for Challenging Conversations with Families from Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center. The resource offers six concrete strategies you can use to prepare for these discussions. It also offers strategies to support yourself and families as these conversations unfold.
- Webinar: (1 ½ hours) Healing Thru Connection: Cultural Practices for Families & Communities Moving Beyond Trauma Sept 2020 (archived webinar) Asian-Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
- Covid-19 Health Equity and Multilingual Resources 2020 CA Dept. of Public Health
- Resource Roundup: Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race from Pretty Good
- In Brief: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body June 2020 Center for the Developing
- A Field Guide to Taming Tantrums in Toddlers May 2020 NY Times
- Tips for Preschools Moving Back to In-person Learning: Whether your school year started with in-person learning or that comes later, welcoming preschoolers back into the classroom requires thoughtful planning to ensure that they feel comfortable separating from their families and learning in this new and unfamiliar context. The suggestions below are based on the experience of my school, which reopened for in-person instruction a few weeks ago, after a summer of intensive planning.
- Video: (2 minutes) How can I recognize signs of stress in my child and what can I do about it? From ReadyRosie
- Video: (3 minutes) Emotion Meter Scale from ReadyRosie PreK – We all feel emotions at different levels at different times. Help your child think about his or her emotions and what scenarios cause those emotions to intensify. This will help your child be prepared to manage emotions and problem solve. It also builds empathy and helps your family support one another during times of big feelings.
- Recorded Webinar: Using an Anti-Bias Lens to Examine Early Childhood Children’s Books : Even before young children can read, family members, childcare providers and teachers read them stories about people in far away places, sometimes from the distant past and sometimes about people whose lives are similar to their own. The impressions and messages contained in these stories can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, the impressions imparted by some books are not always positive and free from bias. Participate in this webinar to learn what children’s first teachers can do to take full advantage of their early windows of opportunity to prevent the development of prejudice. Linda A. Santora, from the Anti-Defamation League, and Cheryl Kilodavis, Author of My Princess Boy, will offer their insights about how to ensure the books you select prepare children’ to succeed in our diverse world.
- Article: Screen Sense: All the Need-to-Know Research on Screens for Children Under Three from Zero to Three
- Tips for Solving 6 Common Remote Learning Issues Sept 2020 NY Times
- Community Support to Spanish speaking parents
- Video: Interactive Readalouds: Learning from books together (17 minutes) from Institute of Education Sciences available here
- Article: Staying Close from a Distance: Trauma-Informed Considerations in Virtual Human Services from ACEsConnection
- STUDENTS/ FOSTER YOUTH – If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email email@example.com and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
- HOMELESS/LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY – St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles (213) 747-5347
- CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles) has a free hotline you can call if you think you have the Coronavirus at 888-624-4752. In California, immigrants have access to emergency care regardless of immigration status.
- BENEFITS FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19
- A run-down of labor laws in California
- Paid Family Leave: Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid-19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional)
- Disability Benefits: Disability Benefits and Paid sick leave are available for those who have actually contracted the virus themselves or who have been exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional in the case of Disability Benefits).
- Unemployment Benefits: Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required)
- Unfortunately though, this benefit is not available to undocumented persons whose hours are reduced or lose their job for reasons related to COVID-19, etc.
- SCHOOL CLOSURES: If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them. You might qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits
Lista de Recursos
- Comida: LAUSD tiene 60 sitios abiertos que ofrecen comida para llevar para estudiantes y familias del miércoles 18 de marzo de 7am a 10am https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
- Comida: Línea de ayuda de Everytable: (323) 458 – 6487
- Educación: Acceso gratis a Spectrum Broadband y Wi-Fi durante 60 días para los nuevos hogares de estudiantes de K-12 y universitarios. Llama al (844) 488-8395
- Educación: Comcast ofrece dos meses gratis para los nuevos usuarios que califican
- Educación: Charter ofrece 60 días de servicio de Internet para hogares de estudiantes de K-12 y universitarios. Llama al (844) 488-8395
- Educación: Comenzando lunes 16 de marzo, los estudiantes de Pre-K hasta el grado 12 tendrán la oportunidad de acceder a la programación educativa gratis de PBS designada para cada nivel de grado
- Educación: Usa Facebook Group para que los padres obtengan apoyo con el aprendizaje en el hogar
- Educación: La organización Scholastic ofrece experiencias de educación en la internet gratis para niños de todas las edades
- Vivienda: ESTUDIANTES / JÓVENES DE FOSTER YOUTH: Si usted es o conoce a un joven de foster youth que se queda en un dormitorio de la universidad que va a estar cerrado debido al coronavirus, envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org y ellos le ayudarán. encontrar vivienda durante esta transición.
- Vivienda: Los Angeles Tenants Union está ayudando en relación con las expulsiones de apartamentos. Encuentre su sindicato local en: https://latenantsunion.org/en/locals/
- Alimentación / Vivienda: PERSONAS SIN HOGAR / DE BAJOS INGRESOS Y FAMILIA: El Centro St. Francis ofrece servicios de comida, ropa, / servicios de baño y programas de asistencia de refugio y servicios públicos (por teléfono) para personas sin hogar y de bajos ingresos en Los Ángeles (213) 747-5347
- Ancianos (mayores de 65 años):Programas de almuerzos para adultos mayores y centros comunitarios
- Ancianos (mayores de 65 años): TODOS los supermercados Vallarta, Super A Markets y Supermercados Superiores estarán abiertos para personas ancianos, personas discapacitadas y embarazadas de 7 a.m. a 8 a.m.
- Ancianos (mayores de 65 años): Servicios de comidas en ruedas (Meals on Wheels)
- Comunidad Indocumentada: CHIRLA (Coalición por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes Humanos de Los Ángeles) tiene una línea directa gratis a la que puede llamar si cree que tiene el Coronavirus al 888-624-4752. En California, los indocumentados tienen acceso a atención de emergencia independientemente de su estado migratorio.
- Empleo: BENEFICIOS PARA TRABAJADORES IMPACTADOS POR COVID-19
- Permiso Familiar Pagado: El permiso familiar pagado está disponible para aquellos que se quedan en casa porque necesitan cuidar a alguien que ha contraído el virus (Covid-19) o que ha sido puesto en cuarentena (debe estar certificado por un profesional médico)
- Beneficios por Incapacidad / Pagos: Los beneficios por incapacidad y la licencia por enfermedad pagada están disponibles para aquellos que realmente han contraído el virus o que han estado expuestos a él y están en cuarentena (deben estar certificados por un profesional médico en el caso de los beneficios por discapacidad).
- Beneficios de Desempleo: Los beneficios de desempleo están disponibles para aquellos que las horas se han reducido o que han perdido su trabajo debido a las medidas de coronavirus (y también se aplica a aquellos que optan por quedarse en casa debido a problemas de salud subyacentes que los hacen más vulnerables). El Gobernador ha renunciado al tiempo de espera de 1 semana y es posible que no se requiera que la persona busque trabajo activamente (como generalmente se requiere)
- Desafortunadamente, este beneficio no está disponible para personas indocumentadas y sus horas se reducen o pierden su trabajo por razones relacionadas con COVID-19, etc.
- CIERRE DE LA ESCUELA: Si la escuela de su hijo está cerrada y usted tiene que faltar al trabajo para cuidarlos, es posible que califique para los beneficios del seguro de desempleo