Resource Watch





 PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

NEW Little Free Libraries courtesy of Every Neighborhood Partnership and Reading Heart
LFPs play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. Information and map of neighborhood sites available.
 
NEW Pick-up Free Books (sorted by Kinder through Young Adult reading levels)
Stop by one of these locations:

  • People Church (7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720)
  • The Well Fig Garden Campus (4545 N Palm Ave, Fresno, CA 93704)

NEW Helping Homebound Families 
Provided by Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health

NEW 4 Ways to Mitigate Stress During COVID-19
Provided by Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health

NEW Help Me Grow - get connected to local resources
If you have questions about your child's development, learning, behavior or health, contact Help Me Grow at 1-866-5437-464

NEW Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19
(Also available in Spanish)

NEW 6 Videos to Get Your Family Moving 
Fun workout to do with your kids while stuck at home.
 
NEW 100 Activities to Do at Home
Looking for some boredom-buster activities? 
 
NEW Multilingual Coloring Book for Explaining Coronavirus
This short book is available in 11 languages and offers a place for children to express their feelings about the coronavirus and how it affects their families. It explains what the virus is and how children can help stop its spread.

The Office of the Administration for Children and Families compiled information about the flexibility in spending CCDF funds in response to state and federal declared emergency situations.

Prenatal - Age 5, State and Local Resources
The Alliance for Early Success have been sharing with one another how their states are responding-primarily around child care.

Advancement Project and Children Now 
Are lead allies for early childhood care and education. 

Statewide Waivers for Licensing Requirements
Details are in this state Provider Information Notice (as of 3/19/20)

Survey to Match Displaced Workers with Centers (as of 3/19/20)
CDSS created this survey to offer assistance to those individuals that are interested in offering services for those child care settings that are in need.

Alternative Payment (AP) Programs (as of 3/19//20)
The California Department of Education (CDE) Early Learning and Care Division has issued reimbursement guidance.

 FOOD SUPPORT

NEW Central California Community Food Bank
Find the latest food distribution sites with this live interactive map (new sites and cancelled site are posted).

NEW Facing Loss of Food Due to Coronavirus?
For a full list of food and other essential needs services you can check out this list compiled by Danielle Bergstrom.

NEW Here’s When and where Fresno-area Students Can Get Free Meals During Coronavirus Shutdown

Facing Loss of Income or Food Due to Coronavirus? Here’s How to Get Help
For those facing the loss of income or other support due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are programs and agencies that can help. Note: Fresno Bee will be updating this information as needed.

Here’s When And Where Fresno-Area Students Can Get Free Meals During Coronavirus Shutdown
Provided by Fresno Bee (as of 3/18/20)

State Superintendent Announces ‘CA Meals for Kids’ App Update to Find Meals during COVID-19 School Closures
On March 10, 2020, the CDE received a special waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that enabled a site that had previously been approved to operate the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide meals to students during a coronavirus-related closure. Download APP "CA Meals for Kids" to find meal distribution sites:
AppleStore
GooglePlay
Microsoft App Store

California Department of Education - Meal Info

 DISTANCE LEARNING

NEW Resources for Families and Schools on Addressing Educational Needs for Students with Disabilities During School Closures: 

NEW ENP’s Free Literacy Kit
Materials include an instructional video to learn how to work with young children learning to read (Kinder through 2nd-grade) and access to a mentoring kit. Materials included in kit include: booklets, flashcards, and games.

NEW Teachers Share Their Favorite Free Learning Websites And Apps For Kids
These free tools provide educational and entertaining activities for kids at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Valley PBS Educational Programming
Beginning Monday, Valley PBS (channel 18) will broadcast all-day educational programming that will be split into blocks according to grade level. The program began as a collaboration between NPR station KQED & PBS/KCET in Southern California.

Education Resources, Including Mental Health, for Kids, Families During Coronavirus Pandemic 
Provided by ACEs Connection

COVID-19 Superintendent Bob Nelson’s Message to the community
This is a 6.5 minute video provided by Fresno Unified Superintendent, Bob Nelson.

NEW Superintendent Bob Nelson Creates a New YouTube Channel

In addition, the information shared by Superintendent Nelson above, all Fresno Unified students have access to a plethora of academic tools including KAHN Academy, i-Ready and Springboard and much here on the FUSD website.

Teachers Share Their Favorite Free Learning Websites And Apps For Kids
These free tools provide educational and entertaining activities for kids at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scholastic is Offering Free Online Courses So Your Kids Can Keep Learning While Schools are Closed
As schools across the nation close because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are stuck at home with their classes on hold. But before your child gets too excited about not having to study, rest assured, parents, Scholastic has got your back.


 ECONOMIC SUPPORT

NEW Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Explanation of how particular provisions in new coronavirus-related federal legislation may be beneficial to the work of most charitable nonprofits, sector-wide (provided by Nonprofit Quarterly)

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties Establishes Relief Fund/ Offers Other Covid-19 Resources for Local Residents 
To support well-being and financial stability during the COVID-19 pandemic, donate to support.

Central Valley Community Foundation Establishes Emergency Response Fund for Local Nonprofits
We are identifying the highest priority community needs and will strategically grant funds to organizations working to meet those needs during this difficult time, donate to support.

List of Resources Compiled by Fresno Housing Authority
Due to financial impact or hardship related to the pandemic, companies are offering services and payment extensions.

Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Fresno EDC staff are continuously monitoring and evaluating local, state and federal resources; and making them available here.

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs by State of CA Employment Development Department
Up-to-date employee and employer aide support and information.

Nationwide Resources for Undocumented Communities
This resource list is being updated daily. A version in Spanish is underway.
 

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