COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Families with Young Children
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, First 5 LA will be gathering information and sharing resources and tips to help families. View below for a list of categories/resources:
COVID-19 & Parenting/Families:
- Social Distancing –– And Connection
- Screen Time During Quarantine and Beyond
- Co-Parenting during COVID-19: 7 Guidelines to Help Divorced Parents
- Demystifying “Shelter-In-Place”
- LA Forward Crisis Response Guide: For Families & Parents
- World Health Organization: Healthy Parenting & COVID-19
- Zero to Three: Tips for Families
- CNN: How to Coronavirus-Proof Your Home
- AARP: 3 Ways to Save Lives and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (Español)
- KPCC: No Panic Guide to Making Homemade Masks with Kids
- CNN: The Power of Family Dance Parties When the World is "Falling Apart"'
- Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors: Resources for Families (Español)
- Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors: Heath and Safety Information Flyers
- Sesame Street Communities: Resources for Dealing with Health Emergencies
- WHO: Preparing for a Long Hot Summer with COVID-19
- Moms LA: What's "Open" in Los Angeles for Families
Resources for LAUSD Students/Families
- LAUSD Latest Information: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
- First 5 LA: Resources for Virtual Learning, ECE Professionals and LAUSD Students/Families
- Free Resources Provided During School Closures
- LAUSD IT Help Desk (Call 213-241-5200)
- 60 LAUSD "Grab-and-Go" Food Resources Centers
- Resources to Get Families Online
Information Related to Reopening
Tips for talking to your child about COVID-19:
- PBS: How to talk to young children about COVID 19
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring Coronavirus
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control: Talking to Children about COVID-19
- Sesame Street Communities: Talking About COVID-19
- Sesame Street Communities: Comfort Strategies
- Sesame Street Communities: Managing Uncertainty and a "For-Now" Normal
- Sesame Street Communities: "For-Now" Routines for Parents and Kids
- Something Strange Happened in my City: A social story about the coronavirus pandemic for children
- Sticky: A Germ's Story
- A Germ Called "Coronavirus" - A short book for kids (Español)
Virtual and Indoor Activities For Kids:
- Explore.com Live Cams: View different live scenes from around the world!
- Free “Virtual” Museum Visits
- Moms LA: Virtual Summer Camps
- Creating Healthy Exercise Routines During Quarantine
- Child 360: How to Spot STEAM at Home!
- Child 360: Home Activities for Families with Young Children
- Activities for Parents and Children During the COVID-19 Quarantine
- Nickelodeon "Kids Together" Information
- Aquarium Live! - Online academy to learn about the ocean with online educators and interactive programs
- Los Angeles Zoo: Bringing the Zoo to You
- Virtual Zoo Event: Wild for the Planet
- California Science Center - Stuck at Home Science Activities - Free educational activity guides and videos are designed for families to explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All activities use easy-to-find household supplies and are appropriate for a variety of ages.
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home - Brain Builders Games
- National Parks Live Cams & Ranger Talks
- Watch Live Music with Levitt LA! Check out their Instagram page: www.instagram.com/levitt.la
- LA Yoga: Parker Pig Goes to the Beach Yoga for Kids!
- MOMA: Free Online Art Classes from Home
- LA Times: Guide to the Internet
- Michelle Obama's Monday Story Time Series! Learn more here.
- LAist: Here's a guide to all the online activities for kids we could find
- Two Bit Circus Foundation - Live STEAM-based projects, every M-F at 10 a.m. Watch at https://www.twitch.tv/twobitcircusorg
- Virtual Arboretum Garden Visits! https://www.arboretum.org/digital-arboretum/at-home-adventures/
- Gardening with Kids!
Keeping Kids Physically Active During Shelter-At-Home Orders:
- Sedentary lockdowns put kids at risk for obesity. Here's how to help them stay moving: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/12/health/pandemic-obesity-kids-wellness/index.html
- Wild Open School
- Common Sense Media - Learning Resources in Spanish
- Audible.com: Free Audio Stories - Instantly stream a collection of audio stories, including titles across six different languages.
- Common Sense Education: Virtual Learning Tools
- Common Sense Media - Virtual Learning for Special Needs
- Elementary Online Learning Resources
- Middle and High School Online Learning Resources
- K-12 Online Learning Resources
- Remote Learning and Virtual Classroom Platforms
- Mazzam - Educational resource that utilizes classical music. Free until June 30th!
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home - Science
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home - Math
- Sesame Street Communities: Learning At Home - Reading
Resources for ECE Professionals:
- LACOE: COVID-19 Resources for ECE
- First 5 LA: Resources for ECE Professionals, LAUSD Families and Virtual Learning
- Sesame Street Communities: Professional Development
Resources for Finding Child Care:
- Child Care Alliance Los Angeles - Resource and Referral Search
- California's State Website for Finding Childcare: https://mychildcare.ca.gov/#/home
- Mayor Garcetti's Childcare Connection for Front-Line Responders: https://corona-virus.la/Childcare
Mental Health Resources:
- California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19
- California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief During COVID-19
- Calming Down Anxiety During COVID-19
- California's COVID-19 Resource Site: Emotional Stress Hotlines
- World Health Organization: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
- LA Forward Crisis Response Guide: Mental Health
- ACEs Aware: COVID-19 & Stress
- Los Angeles Department of Mental Health: Resource Brochure
- Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
- Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Network
- Today: 13 books for helping ease kids' anxiety about coronavirus
- First Aid for Your Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
- Sesame Street Communities: When Kids Miss Their Friends
- Sesame Street Communities: Feeling Worry
- Meditation for Kids: https://www.vibrasmeditation.com/
- ACEs Connections: Resources for parents, educators and people practicing resilience
- More ACEs Aware resources, specifically for parenting and COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, stress and isolation may contribute to greater instances of domestic violence. Help is still available to all who need it. Please visit: http://nodvla.org/get-help/resources/ to be connected to a domestic violence resource in your neighborhood or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You can also call L.A. County’s hotline at 1-800-978-3600.
- First 5 LA: Resources for Communities (Information on community resources, employment/business resources, housing/shelter, volunteering)
- Food Resources by Service Planning Area (SPA)
- 211 Community Resource Line - 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
- Family Food Resources: Enough For All - Continually updated list of food resources in L.A. County.
- COVID-19 & The Census: It’s Easy to Be Counted Safely!
- LA Forward Crisis Response Guide: Guide for the Financially Vulnerable
- Foster Together Network: Financial Resources for Caregivers (Espanõl)
For Workers Impacted By COVID-19
- AFL-CIO: Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Employment Development Department of California - COVID-19 Resources: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
- Summary Chart: Benefit for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Information on Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL), and Unemployment Insurance (UI)
- Support Services for those who are Sick or Quarantined, Caregiving, or Dealing with Reduced Work Hours.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and Benefit Guidance
The Angeleno Campaign helps low-wage hourly workers who had jobs in homes and restaurants, seasonal workers, and other precarious workers such as day laborers, street vendors, or self-employed individuals who are experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19. This economic hardship may be due to job loss, severe reduction of work hours, or furloughs.
To be eligible, applicants must be residents of the City of Los Angeles with a household income that falls below the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants must have been denied unemployment insurance benefits, be ineligible for public benefits, and/or applied for unemployment insurance benefits and have not received their first check. The City of Los Angeles has 16 FamilySource Centers, which are operated by vetted non-profits. These centers will assess applicants and household needs and provide financial assistance via grocery gift cards and/or no-fee debit cards enabled by Mastercard’s City Possible network.
To apply, call 3-1-1 to be connected to the nearest FamilySource Center or visit https://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers.
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. Learn more: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priori...
The County of Los Angeles — in partnership with Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo Foundation, Citi, and others — has created a new application portal for small businesses and nonprofits seeking to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable loan product created by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
To access the portal, visit: https://crfusa.com/ppp/la-ppp-inquiry/
L.A. Countywide Rent Relief
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion at April 14th's Board meeting for the establishment of a Countywide Rent Assistance Program during the COVID-19 crisis that will provide up to $1000 per month for three months to renters who have lost income due to the pandemic. For more information, click here.
L.A. County and State Resources:
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program continues to serve families in need during the COVID-19 emergency. To protect all families and staff, local WIC offices may be offering services by phone or online until further notice. Families should call the WIC office rather than go in person for enrollment or other assistance. If you have additional questions, please contact the state WIC office at [email protected] or (800) 852-5770. Click here for more information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/WICCovid19Info.aspx
- All DPSS Benefit –– Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS and General Relief benefits will be issued without interruptions through the mothers of March, April and May 2020.
- While DPSS centers are currently closed, services are continuing to be provided via website and phone. You can now enroll and apply online.
Click here for more information.
Resources for Immigrants:
*Note* The Public Charge rule does NOT restrict access to testing and treatment of communicable diseases, includes COVID-19. Fore more information, click here.
State of California: Guidance for Immigrant Californians
Immigrant Guide California: COVID-19 Guide for Immigrant Californians
Office of Immigrant Affairs
- L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs: FAQ - Coronavirus Information for Immigrants
- Individuals seeking any medical care/treatment related to COVID-19 will not be factored into in any future application for immigration status.
- LA County residents that are uninsured should utilized, MyHealthLA, a program provided by the County. Services provided will not count against people in a public charge test.
- Mix-Status Families. People who are eligible for benefits should continue to access them and it will not be count against other members in the household who will be applying for residency in the future.
- Office of Immigrant Affairs can be reached at 1-800-593-8222.
The Los Angeles County Public Defender
- The Office of Los Angeles County Public Defender has a team of 700 attorneys working to protect the rights of immigrant population in the county and reduce the impact of criminal convictions on the County’s immigrant population.
- Public Defender Office is focusing on lowering the prison population to reduce the harm of spread of coronavirus.
- Public Defenders Office provides legal representation to individuals in custody that face immigration consequences.
- Public Defender’s Office is available to help and answer any questions around immigration and incarceration.
- Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office can be reached at 213-974-0572 or 1-833-974-3003.
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles) manages a free hotline people can call if they think they have the Coronavirus, 888-624-4752.
- N.Y. Times: Evolving Understanding of Risks for Children With Asthma
- KPCC: Emerging News about What We Are Learning about Kids’ Risks and COVID 19
- First 5 LA: Health Information & Resources for Children's Health and Pregnant Women
Go to http://Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing to learn more about new COVID-19 testing available from the City of L.A. and to see if you're eligible.
(6/3/20) LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, in partnership with the Governor’s Office, launched the following testing sites in the First District:
Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Chap Care 10408 Vacco Street Suite A, South El Monte, CA 91733
At the above testing sites, you do not need to experience symptoms to be tested. However, those with symptoms will receive priority consideration.
Testing for Employees and Staff
Your organization can block off appointments on a particular day so that staff can be tested. We encourage you to pursue this option by contacting Norma Casas, DHS, at [email protected] to make this arrangement.
Appointments are available now! Individuals can schedule an appointment to be tested here -- https://lhi.care/covidtesting. There are many appointments available this week.
Health Insurance Resources:
The State of California has announced that all health insurance plans are required to provide no-cost care to members seeking coronavirus testing, screening, or treatment.
- Because of COVID-19, you or someone you know may be newly eligible due to job loss and can apply for Medi-Cal online at coveredca.com
- For more information on how to keep your Medi-Cal during a pandemic: healthconsumer.org/covid19
- Maternal and Child Health Access will assist individuals who have Medi-Cal but are experiencing issues accessing it. Call 213-749-4261 and receive a call back within 24-48 hours from a blocked number.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding:
- Center for Disease Control: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & COVID-19
- Department of Public Health: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Infants
More County, State and Federal Resource Sites:
- The State of California’s COVID-19 Resource Page
- L.A. County Department of Public Health: Coronavirus
- Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus
- 211 L.A. County Resource Line - 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.