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Help me Grow Alameda County

In this moment of greater challenges, Help Me Grow is here to help!

No questions too big or small. Call toll-free at 1-888-510-1211 or fill out our contact form.

As a response to these unprecedented times, we have dedicated and developed a page with resources and information to support families during this crisis.

Follow us on Facebook @HelpMeGrowAlameda for frequent updates.

Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19

 

Talking to Children about Coronavirus: A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)

Local Resources for Additional Support

Family Paths 24-Hour Parent Support Hotline: 1-800-829-3777. Click here for a flyer.

These uncertain times may raise some questions about your children’s behavior or learning and Help Me Grow is here to help! Call 888-510-1211 or fill out a contact form, no question is too big or small. 

Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center offers support with public benefits, housing stability, tax prep, college & childcare navigation, and other services for free. (Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center) Click here for flyer

Facts About Covid-19

Coping with COVID-19

Coping during COVID-19 resources for parents (Child Mind Institute), available in Spanish.

Helping Your Child During the Pandemic Infographic by NCPMI provides families with a few strategies to help their child cope during the pandemic.

Sesame Street Caring for Each Other materials, which feature familiar Muppet faces talking directly to kids about how their own families are handling isolation.

Tips for Helping Your Child During the Pandemic by NCPMI provides families with suggestions and resources for helping their child cope with stress, changes, and staying at home.

Relieving Stress

Mental Health Resources

Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national helpline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The toll-free multilingual and confidential crisis support is available to all residents of the United States. Call 1-800-985-5990 or textTalkWithUs” to 66746. Spanish speakers, call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2” or text “Hablanos” to 66746.

Family Paths 24-Hour Parent Support Hotline: 1-800-829-3777. Click here for a flyer.

Sally’s Place will be providing crisis peer support and remote peer services 24 hours a day. Call (510) 962-9849 for support.

English flyer.

Spanish flyer.

For Parents

Coping during COVID-19 resources for parents (Child Mind Institute), available in Spanish.

Sally’s Place will be providing crisis peer support and remote peer services 24 hours a day. Call (510) 962-9849 for support.

English flyer.

Spanish flyer.

Practice mindfulness and meditation anywhere, anytime with the guidance of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (UCLAhealth.org)

For Kids

8 Meditation Apps for Kids (Common Sense Media)

Sesame Street Caring for Each Other materials, which feature familiar Muppet faces talking directly to kids about how their own families are handling isolation.

For Families

How mindfulness can help during COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute), available in Spanish.

Resources In Other Languages

Local Supports for Families

Family Paths 24-Hour Parent Support Hotline: 1-800-829-3777. Click here for a flyer.

These uncertain times may raise some questions about your children’s behavior or learning and Help Me Grow is here to help! Call 888-510-1211 or fill out a contact form, no question is too big or small. 

COVID-19 Resources In Spanish

Coping during COVID-19 resources for parents (Child Mind Institute), available in Spanish.

How mindfulness can help during COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute), available in Spanish.

 

For Kids

Basho & Friends make music-based foreign language learning resources with a focus on Spanish. Free access to music-based Spanish lessons until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Cuento Aventuras! A website full of children’s all-time favorite stories in Spanish audio.

Sesamo en las Comunidades (Sesame Street en Espanol)

At-Home Learning Activities

8 Meditation Apps for Kids (Common Sense Media)

Basho & Friends make music-based foreign language learning resources with a focus on Spanish. Free access to music-based Spanish lessons until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Screen-Free Activities for Family Fun (Oakland Public Library)

Sesamo en las Comunidades (Sesame Street en Espanol)

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. Wide Open School helps make learning from home an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community.

Literacy

Cuento Aventuras! A website full of children’s all-time favorite stories in Spanish audio.

 

Scholastic Learn at Home. Day by Day Projects to Keep Kids Reading, Thinking and Growing (scholastic)

Games

Science and Math

STEM – SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH: Learning begins in wonder. Here are some ways children grades K – 12 can explore activities and enrich learning while schools are not in session. (washington state university)

Virtual Field Trips

Adventures in Family: 20 virtual Field Trips. Virtual field trips of museums, zoos, aquariums, and more.

Children with Special Needs

Coping with COVID-19 and Children with Special Needs

COVID-19 Resources for Children with Special Health Care Needs (Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health)

Daily Routines are Learning Times – How to Engage Your Child’s Brain, Body, and Voice to Help Me Grow

Health Care, Child Care, and Financial Supports

2-1-1 Alameda County

Families can dial 2-1-1 for disaster response, information, and referrals to agencies. The multi-lingual operators are available to support families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Click here for English / Multi-lingual flyer.

Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center offers support with public benefits, housing stability, tax prep, college & childcare navigation, and other services for free. (Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center) Click here for flyer

Relief Funds

Keep Oakland Housed offers emergency financial assistance for Oakland residents:

 Bay Area Community Services (BACS) 510-238-5091

Catholic Charities East Bay (CCEB) 510-768-3100

Oakland Sick Leave Policy – All Oakland Workers Performing At Least 2 Hours of Work Per Week Within the Geographic Boundaries of Oakland Are Covered Under this Law and Are Eligible to Accrue and Use Paid Sick Time (oaklandca.gov)

Legal Aid At Work List of Resources for Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers

Rental Assistance in Oakland and Berkeley. East Bay Community Law Center and Centro Legal de la Raza are offering rental assistance, please call to find out eligibility requirements. Please note offices are physically closed and staff is responding to voicemails.

East Bay Community Law Center (510) 548-4040
Centro Legal de la Raza (510) 437-1554

Local Supports for Unemployment

American Job Centers offer support to search for jobs, find training, and answer other employment related questions. During this crisis call or e-mail a center near you to receive support with your questions to find a center click here.

FREE Virtual EDD Form Application Assistance. Help is available in Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish.

If you are unemployed, have had your hours cut back, or have had to take time off to care for a loved one and are in need of assistance, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus are hosting a free EDD form assistance virtual clinic every day from 9 am-9 pm. Receive support to fill out your application from start to finish.

Call (415) 484-2209 or click here to find out what benefits you may be eligible for and how to apply.

House & Emergency Lodging Program – H.E.L.P assists single adults with one-time emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, transition to permanent housing, or provide critical needs. (Social Services Agency – County of Alameda) HELP Flyer

Legal Aid at Work helps families who have questions about their employment during COVID-19. They offer free virtual clinics and consultations to file a claim for unpaid wages, for more information click here.

Unity Council offers free services to community members in need. On going services include unemployment help, housing help, resources for small businesses and undocumented Californians, for more information click here.

Worker Rights

Legal Aid at Work During COVID-19 (legalaidatwork.org)

Workforce Development

Onward CA is a One-Stop Resource For The People of California Impacted by Job Less During the COVID-19 Pandemic (onwardca.org)

The Alameda County Workforce Development Board Resource Toolkit contains helpful information for businesses, workers, and job seekers impacted by COVID-19.

Financial Information

California’s Covid-19 Website: information on the state’s eviction moratorium and mortgage-related information click here.

Sparkpoint Oakland provides free financial coaching for families facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis click here to schedule a call.

Click here for flyer

The City of Berkeley is offering rent assistance. Berkeley’s Housing Retention Program provides grant assistance to Berkeley residents at risk of eviction. Call either East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) at (510) 548-4040, and dial ext. 695 or the Eviction Defense Center (EDC) at (510) 452-4541 and leave a message. For more information, click here

Child Care

For child care information and support in finding childcare click here.

Housing and Shelter

Alameda County Legal Support for Tenants
Please note offices are physically closed staff is responding to voicemails.

East Bay Community Law Center (510) 548-4040
Centro Legal de la Raza (510) 437-1554
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (510) 271-8443
Bay Area Legal Aid 1-888-382-3405

Bathroom Resources in Union City – UC BATHROOM SERVICES

House & Emergency Lodging Program – H.E.L.P assists single adults with one-time emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, transition to permanent housing, or provide critical needs. (Social Services Agency – County of Alameda) HELP Flyer

Keep Oakland Housed is offering assistance with rent, utility payments and other housing-related costs as well as representation against eviction lawsuits.

Keep Oakland Housed offers emergency financial assistance for Oakland residents:

 Bay Area Community Services (BACS) 510-238-5091

Catholic Charities East Bay (CCEB) 510-768-3100

Rental Assistance in Oakland and Berkeley. East Bay Community Law Center and Centro Legal de la Raza are offering rental assistance, please call to find out eligibility requirements. Please note offices are physically closed and staff is responding to voicemails.

East Bay Community Law Center (510) 548-4040
Centro Legal de la Raza (510) 437-1554

The City of Fremont Human Services Department is adding bag lunch distribution to its menu of services for unhoused neighbors. Click here for more information.

Health Care

The State of California Interactive Map of Coronavirus Testing Sites, click here for more information.

Directory for free clinics across the country
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted an alert clarifying that it will NOT consider Medi-cal covered testing, treatment, or preventive care related to COVID-19 as a public charge.

COVID-19 Health Care Resources and Information: Accessing Health Care and Testing Sites, click here to find the Family Resource Navigators info page.

Utilities

EBMUD 60-day moratorium on service disconnection due to billing/payment issues. Call 1-866-403-2683 to have your water service restored if it was shut off due to non-payment.
Reduction in the bill for economic hardship, click here for the Customer Assistance Program.

Keep Americans Connected Pledge: AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Google Fiber, Spring, Verizon, and T-Mobile will not disconnect any customers for the next 60 days regardless of payment status. (fcc.gov)

Pacific Gas and Electric Co has halted service disconnections. The utility will also offer flexible payment plans “to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19. Customers who visit local offices to pay bills and are sick or experiencing symptoms are being asked to use other payment options such as online or by phone at 1-877-704-8470.

Utilities information for assistance with electric, water, and garbage bills (Family Resource Navigators)

Food and Transportation

2-1-1 Alameda County

Families can dial 2-1-1 for disaster response, information, and referrals to agencies. The multi-lingual operators are available to support families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Click here for English / Multi-lingual flyer.

School Meals

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 (California Dept of Education).  Download App here.

Delivery Option Available for Oakland Unified School District 
Points of Light will be delivering meals to Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) families with youth and children who do not have access to transportation. Families can call the district youth director that is assigned to their district.

They will be delivering meals between 8AM – 12PM.
District 1 – 850-532-2376
District 2 – 510-798-9240
District 3 – 909-800-2245
District 4 – 909-800-2245
District 5 – 650-720-1171
District 6 – 510-384-9032 OR 626-272-4477
District 7 – 786-474-5600 OR 415-283-9173

Access to Food (Free)

Families can apply for CalFresh online at www.GetCalFresh.org or www.MyBenefitsCalwin.com, and by phone 1-888-999-4772 or 510-263-2420

Food Distribution Centers in San Leandro Food Distribution List and a Food Distribution Map (City of San Leandro)

Free Food Resources (Family Resource Navigators)

The City of Fremont Human Services Department is adding bag lunch distribution to its menu of services for unhoused neighbors. Click here for more information.

WIC Nutrition and Breastfeeding Support available during shelter in place

Click here for flyer.

Open Farmers' Markets

 OPEN SATURDAY

  • Alameda, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Haight Avenue and Webster Street
  • Berkeley, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Center Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Way
  • Castro Valley, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., BART station parking lot
  • Fremont/Niles, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Niles Depot
  • Hayward, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., Watkins Street between B and C streets
  • Oakland, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grand Lake/Lake Park Boulevard
  • San Leandro, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bayfair Center
  • Union City, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Old Alvarado Park

OPEN SUNDAY

  • Fremont, Irvington, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bay Street & Trimboli Way
  • Livermore, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Third and J streets
  • Newark, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., NewPark Mall
  • Oakland/Montclair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., La Salle and Moraga avenues
  • Oakland/Temescal, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Oakland DMV lot, 5300 Claremont Ave.

Transportation Information

AC Transit Service updates related to COVID-19. AC Transit will begin operating a modified service schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and no fare payment required.

Information for Immigrant Families

Directory for free clinics across the country
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted an alert clarifying that it will NOT consider Medi-cal covered testing, treatment, or preventive care related to COVID-19 as a public charge.

Medi-Cal for new applicants, California will be waiving certain paperwork requirements including citizenship docs. All applications can be done through the Covered California website.

Migrant Relief Fund Information

Centro Legal de la Raza, along with community partners, created the Oakland Undocumented Relief Fund, offering relief funds for undocumented families affected by COVID-19.

Please call Centro Legal de la Raza (510) 437-1554 to find out eligibility requirements.

Catholic Charities was selected as the non-profit to distribute funds for Alameda and Contra Costa County residents. Click here to apply in English/Spanish (cceb.org)

Click here for English/Spanish FAQs.

Legal Aid At Work List of Resources for Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers

Public Charge During COVID-19

The CA Public Charge Provider List provides contact information for legal supports regarding public charge questions.

Keep your public benefits. This guide will help you understand how public benefits affect immigration options and the new public charge ruling.

Public Charge: the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted an alert clarifying that it will NOT consider Medi-cal covered testing, treatment, or preventive care related to COVID-19 as a public charge. Click here for more information from the National Immigration Law Center.

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Due to Covid-19 it is unknown if programs are active, please call ahead or visit their website.

 

Help Me Grow (HMG) is available to answer all of your everyday questions about your child from birth to age 5, and connect you to resources.  Call HMG toll-free at 1-888-510-1211 or fill out our contact form to connect to a child development coordinator to support your parenting journey in building a stronger early learning foundation for your child. Voicemails left there are being picked up regularly and calls will be returned.

If you are a provider and would like to refer a family and don’t have access to a fax during this time, please email helpmegrow@first5alameda.org and let us know you would like to refer a family. Someone will send you an encrypted, secure email with the electronic referral form for you to email back to be processed.

For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Alameda County, check Alameda County Public Health Department’s COVID-19 situation update.