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  • May 21, 2020

    Help Me Grow Posts List of Local Resources

    Help Me Grow San Mateo County has posted a broad range of resources to support children aged 0-5, as well as their families and care providers, during COVID 19 and beyond. The resources can be sorted by category for easier browsing. Help Me Grow San Mateo County connects parents, caregivers and providers with information and resources about early childhood development. 

  • May 21, 2020

    Explore Children’s Museums at Home

    While most children’s museums have temporarily closed in response to COVID-19, hundreds of Association of Children’s Museums around the world are now offering virtual programming to support playful learning at home! Click here to find a full list of museums offering this fun, virtual experience. You can search by museum name, location, or type of activity.

  • May 14, 2020

    Helpful and Free Resources for Navigating FFRCA, Layoffs, Furloughs, and Recalls

    Due to COVID-19, many businesses, including child care centers have been facing tough decisions and challenging situations. Business owners have been forced to figure out how to navigate layoffs, furloughs, and FFCRA. Check out the resources in this article, including a free, pre-recorded webinar and a podcast from CQEL, to find support, guidance, and information to help you navigate some of the toughest challenges presented by COVID-19.

  • May 14, 2020

    San Mateo County Food Distribution List

    The Office of Community Affairs Immigrant Services is sharing a countywide food distribution list that was developed for our community in response to COVID-19. The lists are separated by North, Central, Coastal, and Southern regions and are available in in English, Chinese, and Spanish. They share organizations and community centers that offer groceries and meal distributions. 

  • May 7, 2020

    New Free, Bilingual App for Families: The Building Blocks of Parenting 

    Parenting is one of the most challenging and important jobs there is. And parents need all the support they can get – especially during this current health crisis. The new Building Blocks of Parenting™ (BBP) App provides parents with easy access to information, resources, and supportive connections to help them promote their children’s learning and healthy development. It’s available in English and Spanish on both iOS and Android platforms.

  • May 7, 2020

    The Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on California Child Care: Data from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

    In an effort to understand the effects of COVID-19 on child care programs and early educators throughout California, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at UC Berkeley conducted a survey of licensed child care centers and licensed family child care programs in the state. More than 2,000 programs responded to the survey and the results show the devastating impact of COVID-19 on California child care programs. Highlights from the survey are shared in this article. 

  • April 30, 2020

    Resources and Webinar From Stanford: Learning at Home with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

    Stanford University recently hosted a virtual Q&A with Professor Deborah Stipek and early education director Renee Scott, MA ’05, PhD ’12. Deborah and Renee answered questions and provided guidance and strategies for parents and caregivers to apply at home with their littlest learners. In this article, we are sharing the link to the webinar along with helpful resources that were included in the discussion. 

  • April 24, 2020

    SMC Strong Small Business Grants for Child Care Centers

    Do you run a for-profit child care center in San Mateo County whose annual revenue is less than $2.5M? Have you been open for at least a year? You may be eligible to receive assistance from the SMC Strong Small Business Grant Program. For more information, visit The San Mateo County Strong Fund. The application opens on Monday, April 27 at 12pm and funds will be distributed on a first- come-first-served basis.

  • April 23, 2020

    A Tool for Small Businesses to Navigate COVID-19 Relief Eligibility

    Intuit Aid Assist is a free service to help US-based businesses, self-employed, contractors, freelancers, and gig workers understand different business relief programs. Start a loan eligibility assessment to see if you may qualify for federal funding. The calculators can help estimate loan and forgiveness amounts.

  • April 23, 2020

    San Mateo County Resource Flyers from Stanford Pediatrics

    Are you, or the families in your care, seeking more information about local resources to support community members during COVID-19? Stanford has put together flyers to print or download that share a list of community resources in San Mateo County. The flyers include food resources, legal and work-related help, and resources for rent and utility assistance. The flyers are available for to view,download, and print in both English and in Spanish.