Help for essential workers needing child care.         

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. Follow us on Twitter @First5Alameda for more frequent updates.

Food Assistance, Financial Aid, and Public Benefits

East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)

  • Housing policies are changing quickly to respond to the needed tenant protections and funding sources to keep people housed and provide housing resources for people currently living outside or in jails. Visit EBHO’s COVID-19 Housing Policy page for up-to-date information (scroll down the page to see Alameda County).

California Employee Development Department (EDD)

Alameda County Nutrition Action Partnership

Alameda County Care Connect Consumer & Family Fellowship Peer-to-Peer Advisors

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

  • Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to allow eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in Medi-Cal health coverage, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrant, and In-Home Supportive Services.

California Department of Education (CDE)

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)

Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA)

  • Updates from SSA related to CalFresh, CalWORKs, Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Medi-Cal, and/or General Assistance (GA)

Notices from Local, State, and Federal Agencies

  • On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools was released by the California Department of Education, in conjunction with the California Health and Human Services Agency.

School Districts

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)

California State

California State/California Department of Public Health

Alameda County

City of Hayward

  • COVID-19 Phone Hotline: (510) 583-4949

Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD)


US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


US Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced the agency will NOT consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19” in a public charge determination “even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefits.”

How to Stay Healthy

Distance Learning Resources

Talking to Kids About COVID-19

Philanthropic Response

Tipping Point

  • COVID-19 Emergency Response Fundraiser. Tipping Point is raising $30 million as quickly as possible to stabilize the non-profits working tirelessly to support low-income individuals and families hit hardest by this crisis.

San Francisco Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation

Multilingual Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For Questions or Further Guidance

Alameda County Public Health Department. Lisa Erickson,

Alameda County Early Childhood Education Program. Ellen Dektar,

First 5 Alameda County. Rowena Kamo, at and Michele Rutherford, at