Find help: COVID-19 Resources
As we navigate these uncertain times, First 5 California reminds parents and caregivers of the many resources available to us. We’re all in this together.
Vaccines for Infants, Toddlers, and Children
The COVID-19 vaccine is the safest way to prevent severe illnesses. Talk to your child’s doctor about vaccinations for children 6 months+ or visit Vaccinate All 58 to find a vaccine near you.
Everyone in California will have an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at no cost. But our vaccination supply is limited right now. Find out if it’s your turn by answering a few questions. It only takes a few minutes.
How the Vaccine Works
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Learn more about vaccination benefits and safety here.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Vaccine
Find answers to commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination as well as information for busting common vaccine myths by the CDC.
Vaccination Progress Dashboard
These dashboards make vaccination data transparent and accessible to all Californians. They are updated daily and report vaccines administered by the county of residence.
Disability or Paid Family Leave
Due to the many changes brought on by the current pandemic, many questions have arisen regarding unemployment and other government benefits. Find the most commonly asked questions and answers here provided by the EDD.
Resources for Employees & Workers
The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, and families safe. Here you can find employee entitlements as well as guidance for workplace settings to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.
Help for California Immigrants
If you are an immigrant living in California, find resources to protect yourself, your family, and your community from coronavirus including testing information, your rights, and disaster relief assistance.
The EDD provides several benefit programs to help you if you are out of work or have had hours or wages reduced. Find assistance programs and other resources here.
The EDD provides assistance on how to file unemployment claims, look for claim information, and certify for unemployment benefits.
How to Obtain Economic Assistance
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and unemployment insurance. Resources include eviction protection, mortgage relief, food assistance, and more.
Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
The IRS provides tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and others including health plans affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Assistance Through the EDD
The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs, had their hours reduced, or had their businesses affected due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.
Find how to file a claim for unemployment benefits and other important claim information including how to certify for benefits and creating an online UI account.
Qualified, Licensed Childcare for Essential Workers
Find qualified, licensed childcare for essential workers by using this easy resource. Local options appear as well as a notification showing whether or not a place is booked, saving you the time of calling.
This advisory guide is intended to support state and local sectors in identifying critical sectors and essential workers to maintain the services and functions that Americans need every day in order to respond resiliently to the pandemic. This publication is only available in Spanish.
Medical Care Rights for Individuals with Disabilities
If you or someone you know has a disability, it is important to know your rights for medical care. Find out your rights here along with contact information for Disability Rights California.
Pandemic EBT Food Benefits
The Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is a federal program in collaboration with the California Department of Education to provide food benefits to families who have been affected by the COVID-19 related school closures.
COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources
Locate your nearest food bank and other COVID-19 resources such as information on CalFresh and hunger legislation tracker to keep up to date on current California bills affecting poverty, hunger, and food waste.
CalFresh & WIC Access
Get help putting food on the table for you and your family. Resources include applying for food stamps, applying for CalFresh as an immigrant, and Pandemic EBT for kids.
COVID-19 Information for WIC Families
The safety and health of your family is WIC’s utmost priority during the spread of coronavirus. To protect all families, your local WIC offices may be offering services by phone or online until further notice. Find contact information and more if your WIC office is closed.
CA Meals for Kids Mobile App
The CA Meals for Kids mobile app helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding during COVID-19
Preventative steps, health tips and more for expectant mothers and those breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19
Quick health tips on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 including important information on how the virus spreads.
If You Are Sick or Need to Care for Someone Who Has COVID-19
Find information on what to do if you are sick or if you are caring for someone at home who is sick. Take additional steps to disinfect and clean shared spaces properly with quick tips found here.
Caring for Someone with COVID-19
If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or in a non-healthcare setting, follow these CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
Social-emotional wellness is a health indicator for young children that carries them through their adult-life. Here you can find book recommendations and hands-on activities for your child to practice skills such as sharing, kindness, and self-regulation.
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
As families across the country adapt to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the current pandemic, it is important to remember that children look to adults for guidance. Find ways to help your child cope with these changes as well as ways to talk about what’s going on in the world.
10 Tips for Talking About COVID-19 with Kids
Discover easy tips for how to talk to your child about the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to explore their feelings in a way that is effective and honest to your own feelings as a parent or guardian.
Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children
Like any tough subject, COVID-19 can be challenging for parents to talk about with their children. When parents feel calm and clear in their own understanding, it is easier to be calm and clear when explaining tough topics to children. Find ways to break down this big topic and discuss calmly with your child.
I Have a Question about COVID-19: Clear Answers for All Kids
Many children process information in a concrete manner and need support to understand and interpret emotions. This digital resource written by clinical social workers serves as a visual resource to help children grapple with this global experience.
7 Ways to Support Children During the Pandemic
During these stressful times, regardless of age, children and adolescents are interested in knowing if they are safe, if their loved ones are safe, and how they will be affected. This guide provides helpful information on how to maintain emotional stability during the pandemic.
Positive Parenting During COVID-19
COVID-19 has brought changes and uncertainty that can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm but in order to help children feel safe, one must check-in regularly and build their resilience. Here are some tips to help your family get through the stress of the pandemic.
Helping Kids Cope
With kids spending more time at home, it is important to understand the struggle your child may be facing by remaining in the same daily environment. Find helpful suggestions here for how to help your child cope with these new circumstances.
Keep Children Healthy While Classes are Paused
Find CDC health recommendations to keep children healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other ways to promote children’s wellbeing.
Manage Anxiety and Stress
The pandemic can be stressful for many people as daily changes occur. Fear and anxiety about a new disease can be overwhelming and regulations such as social distancing can cause loneliness. Find advice on how to cope with stress in a healthy way that can make you and your loved ones stronger.
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, and worry during this time. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react responsibly. Find helpful tips for self-care and mental health.
Coping with COVID-19
This resource provides information for parents and caregivers on how to be prepared for the pandemic and more importantly, how feeling prepared can reduce stress and calm anxieties. Find more on how to help you and your family cope.
Staying Well in Self-Isolation
Find a visual easy guide for a daily plan on how to take care of yourself while self-isolating including tips for your mental health.
Working from Home Guide
Working from home can cause stress and cause difficulty in setting boundaries. This guide provides quick tips on how to work effectively from home while staying well.
COVID-19 Symptoms & Warnings
Learn what symptoms to look out for and how to protect yourself from coronavirus. This resource includes an easy guide on the differences between influenza and COVID-19 as well as an easy self-checker tool.
People at Increased Risk
Learn about who is at higher risk and needs to take extra precautions including resources based on specific living situations.
Health and Nutrition During COVID-19
Find ways to keep your immune system in top condition as well as quick tips on healthy eating during the pandemic.
Daily Updates on COVID-19 News
Stay on top of daily COVID-19 updates including alerts on Stay At Home orders, essential needs, and more.
California’s Stay at Home Order
Read more about the governor’s Stay at Home order and how it serves to protect the health and well-being of all Californians in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
U.S. Government Response to Coronavirus
Find the top U.S. Government websites for COVID-19 information including the actions taken on their part to ensure health and safety for families.
COVID-19 Outing Restrictions
All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence except for permitted work and essential errands. Read about this order, the blueprint for a safer economy, and restrictions that may be occurring in your region.
Tracking COVID-19 in California
See daily updates on statewide COVID-19 data.
Books for Parents on Teaching Children
Gain inspiration to be the most effective teacher you can be using the best possible books and resources to support children’s learning and development.
Free Kindergarten Academic Resources
Find free activity templates for your preschooler or kindergartener including art, letter-tracing, math, and word recognition. Discover activities for subjects like social-emotional learning, science, and more!
CA State Standards for TK
Learn more about the foundations required by the state that provide early childhood educators and parents of the knowledge and skills preschool children typically attain.
CA State Standards for Kindergarten
Learn more about the foundations required by the state that provide early childhood educators and parents of the knowledge and skills kindergarten children typically attain.
Writing Lessons for Young Children
Get access to downloadable reading and writing lessons for your child including other distance-learning resources.
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