In Response to COVID-19

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to pose a serious health concern in our community. To help navigate the evolving situation, we encourage you to reference these resources.


As the situation continues to develop, we are grateful for your partnership and continual commitment to serving children and families in San Mateo County.

Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County (4Cs) is the designated Resource and Referral Agency for Child Care in San Mateo County. Their webpage for COVID-19 Resource and Responses is a resource to help all families, children, and early care and education providers. 

For Families Seeking Child Care contact 4Cs
by phone at 650-517 -1460 (English) and 650-527-1461 (Spanish),
or via email at

If you have any other questions regarding COVID-19 please send your inquiry to

Child Care Law Center updates their FAQ when new guidance or policies are issued regarding the impact of the Coronavirus on Child Care in California

First 5 San Mateo County has valuable information specifically for parents and caregivers of young children, as well as for providers working with children and their families.

San Mateo County Office of Education has information on school closures and other important resources.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is leading an effort with our Bay Area philanthropic partners on a regional response to protect public health and assist those affected by the disease and its impact.

Child Care Law Center 

  • Send a Message to Congress — Inform your federal representatives to request  funding for child care in the HEROES Act. 
  • Send a Message to Congress — Inform your federal representatives to include support for child care providers in a second emergency relief package.

County of San Mateo — Find Your Elected Representative
Utilize this listing to identify your Federal, State, County, California Elections, Regional, Judicial, City, School and Special District Elected Representatives.

Zero to Three — Send a Message to Congress
Ask Congress to address the urgent needs of babies and families.

Child Care Providers United — Send a Letter to Governer Newsom
Support child care during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. 

Child Care Aware of America — Send a Message to Congress
Support child care during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. 

National Women’s  Law Center  Send a Message to Congress
Tell Congress to protect working families during the COVID-19 crisis. 

San Mateo County Economic Development Association  Business Economic Impact Survey
If you are a business affected by COVID-19, please take this survey to help develop financial assistance programs that can offer immediate relief.


COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund — Your donation to Silicon Valley Community Foundation enables our agency to meet the demands and serve the needs of our community in response to the development of COVID-19 in this region.

COVID-19 Child Care Project With the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, childcare providers are at risk of losing their livelihoods. Private providers –especially those operating in home-based settings – often have limited financial means. They operate with small profit margins and are particularly vulnerable. Your donation to COVID-19 Childcare Project empowers a response to the needs and demands of a community affected by COVID-19.

San Mateo County Strong  — A website developed to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to join the County’s relief effort and make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County residents, small businesses and non-profits

Ready4k —The Ready4K Summer & Beyond grant program is designed as a flexible support for diverse organizations that have different funding sources and serve different populations. Applications are awarded on a rolling basis and will be accepted through June 15. Funding is limited, with grants available for up to 50% of the cost of the Ready4K program.

Red Backpack Fund — The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis. The Red Backpack Fund application portal will next open from July 6-13

Hello Alice — A free, online, platform helping with business expansion and growth is offering grants up to $10,000 to help impacted small businesses.

Philanthropy CA —The Philanthropy California team hosts a vetted the list of response funds to help navigate resources for the most vulnerable communities. Their COVID-19 Response list is updated daily and can be filtered based on region.

Paycheck Protection Program – PPP

One of the most important and impactful elements of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act package is the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).

The Payroll Protection Program is the Small Business Administration’s $349 billion lending program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new Paycheck Protection Program expands the SBA’s 7(a) loan program to help small businesses cover their near-term operating expenses and retain employees. 

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Please see below for links to important program details and an application:

Types of Cash Help for Providers This resource by Child Care Aware  is meant to provide an overview of some of the federal responses to COVID-19. It is not meant to provide loan counseling.

CA R&R NetworkFinancial Assistance for Family Child Care Providers during Covid-19
Asistencia Financiera para Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil Durante el Coronavirus o COVID-19

Office of Child Care Funding programs in recent COVID-19 legislation that address needs of Child Care providers and Child Care workers.

Financial Assistance for SMC Child Care Providers (COVID-19) — This spreadsheet may help you identify potential sources of funding from the Federal and Local Government as well as Local Initiatives.

Intuit Aid Assist — A free service to understand different U.S. business relief programs. Start with a loan eligibility assessment or get an estimate using their loan calculators

SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub — Available to provide free mentoring for small businesses and help them understand the types of financial assistance that are available and help prepare them to apply.

Cleaning Procedures for Countering the Virus
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Reminders for Using Disinfectants at Schools and Child Care
California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Sanitizing, Cleaning, and Disinfection Frequency Table
National Association for the Education of Young Children


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