The Covid-19 shutdowns are especially hard for families with children, but there are resources in San Diego County that can help.
Below, we have compiled a list of resources for accessing food, childcare, and activities. For a full list of food security and financial resources available to all San Diegans, please see our full Covid-19 Resource Guide.
Information is quickly changing, often within hours, but this list accurately reflects resources available at the time of publication. We will continue to update this list as necessary to reflect the latest information available. If you have updates or new information, please email email@example.com.
Childcare for children aged 5-12, Monday-Friday, from 7AM - 6PM of parents . Cost is $150 for the full week. Thanks to a generous grant, this program, which includes lunch, is now free. Parents will need proof of employment to verify that you are a Critical Healthcare Worker. Items such as a work badge or a current pay stub will qualify; please bring this verification on the first day of camp.
Please see KROC’s website for other virtual camps and options.
Schools in San Diego are currently closed, and many are providing breakfast and/or lunch in a grab-and-go takeaway format.
Eligibility: Meals are available for children, between the ages of 2-18. You do not need an ID, verification, or registration to pick up meals. Children must be present in order to receive the meals, and you can show up at any school listed, regardless if your child is a student there. Click here for an updated list from the County Office of Education on which schools are providing meals.
Emergency Nutrition, Diaper Bank and Mobile Shower Site
Community Through Hope will be open for drive-thru emergency services only. Drive-thru hours will be Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., with the line starting to form at 7:30 a.m. Visit communitythroughhope.org.
It’s All About The Kids (IAATK)
The Feed The Kids Food Pantry is still operating as normal. However, they are only able to serve existing registered families at this time.
This fund helps support childcare, food assistance, and remote learning during these times. Families continuing to work in essential service fields, while financially struggling, may be eligible to apply for a micro-grant. Ranging from $100-575. Apply here.
You can apply online in just 10 minutes, and typically receive benefits within a month if you qualify. Benefits include $192 a month per household member on one EBT card. If you already have an EBT card, please note that grocery stores and restaurants that are open will continue to accept it as a form of payment. Click here for Farmers Markets that accept EBT cards.
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WIC is a nutrition assistance program that provides benefits for healthy foods, nutrition education to parents, caregivers, as well as breastfeeding support, and referrals to community resources. They offer various food packages, which you receive a check for to purchase specific foods with. You may qualify if you’re low-income, and either pregnant, breastfeeding a baby under the age of one, had a baby in the last six months, have a child under the age of 5, or experienced pregnancy loss, or termination. You can call 1-800-500-6411, or apply online. Click here for Farmers Markets that accept WIC checks.
CORE is offering grants that support the children of employees in the food and beverage industry. Apply here.
KPBS, San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego Unified School District have partnered together for an initiative called At Home Learning: Where Children Matter. They offer videos, lesson plans, PBS LearningMedia collections, teacher training webinars, and tips and tools.
This program consists of over 25 different organizations that have come together to offer resources for lesson plans, schedules, live events, emotional well-being, various subjects, movement, arts, special needs, and much more.
A seemingly never ending list of free subscriptions available to both students, and adults.
A list of free educational apps, games and websites. All free.
A list of educational apps for all ages, that don’t require wi-fi or data to access.
Events and activities such as virtual storytimes, music classes and performances, cooking classes, lesson plans, tours, games and resources to keep your kids and students occupied.
A teacher has compiled over 30 virtual field trips you can take with your kids, including national parks. No need to worry about traffic, packing, or entrance fees as these are all free.
Travel and Leisure has compiled 12 virtual museum tours from the most famous museums in the world. You can visit other immersive museum exhibits here. Who says you can’t get cultured from your couch?
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for children, with livestreams, videos, activities and games.
You can explore the surface of Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.
A list of indoor creative ideas for your busy toddlers.
Take a Virtual Farm Tour
FarmFood 360 in Canada has over 11 virtual tours of their farms, including pigs, cows, minks, eggs, apples and others.
California State Parks are conducting interactive live broadcastings with their interpretive rangers from across the state. These experiences are held throughout the week, via Zoom.
Check out their schedule here.
Caregivers - Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim
If you are unable to work due to caring for someone ill, or someone who has been diagnosed by a medical professional with COVID-19, you are able to file a PFL claim.
PFL provides eight weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to their need to take time off from work to take care of a seriously ill family member, or bond with their newborn child. Benefits amount to approximately 60-70% of your wages each week. Generally, the process takes about three weeks to complete and provide payment.
School Closures - Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits
If your children’s school is closed, and you have to miss work due to caring for them, then you might be eligible for UI Benefit.
To be considered, you must have no other care options, and must be unable to continue working your normal hours remotely.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Employees on FMLA leave are entitled to the continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms as existed before they took FMLA leave.
Click here to access FMLA forms.
Call 858-966-8399, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.,seven days a week.
Telecare at Scripps
For Scripps Health patients, a hotline has been set up: 888-261-8431 (staffed 7 am – 9 pm).
An article that provides resources and tips for anyone caregiving for children at this time.
#COVIBOOK for Kids (Multiple Languages)
A supportive book that explains COVID-19 to children under 7 years of age.
Free Mindfulness Sessions for Providers impacted by COVID-19
The Sanford Institute at UCSD is providing daily live streams and recordings of mindfulness sessions aimed at providers impacted by COVID-19. View them here.
Palouse Mindfulness A free, online full-length Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.
For those who need to talk to someone, here are various hotlines that are available.
Sexual Assault and Abuse Hotlines