NEWSLETTER  | MAY 2020
VIRTUAL HOME VISITATION IS NOW AVAILABLE! 
As we practice social distancing, home visitors are ready to continue to support families.  First 5 San Joaquin offers home visiting services to new or expecting parents/caregivers, and parents/caregivers with young children. Home visiting services are free and now offered virtually to help parents continue to navigate the challenges of being a parent in today's world.  Learn more on the new home visiting page on sjckids.org.

COVID-19 RESOURCES
First 5 San Joaquin and its partners throughout San Joaquin County are diligently working to keep our families and community healthy, strong and thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic. First 5 San Joaquin has compiled of a list of helpful resources for our community to obtain necessary services and supports to continue thriving in this very unique time. Learn more.
NEW SJ TEETH COMMUNITY PARTNER RESOURCES 
We're excited to announce the launch of the new Community Partners Resource Page on sjteeth.org.  The expanded website now includes downloadable social media content, printable materials, oral health related plans and reports, digital marketing materials, and other resources. 

SJ TEETH is an oral health initiative in San Joaquin County, jointly led by First 5 San Joaquin and San Joaquin County Public Health Services, to improve oral health for children and youth with Medi-Cal coverage. Whether you are a health provider, community partner, funder, or educator, connecting with SJ TEETH can make a difference to the families in our county.  Learn more here
WELL-BABY AND WELL-CHILD VISITS DURING COVID-19
Since the onset of the pandemic,  a significant drop in  well-baby and well-child   visits  has resulted in  delays in  vaccinations,  delays in  appropriate screenings and referrals,  and  delays in  anticipatory guidance to assure optimal health. Now more than ever, it's very important that families stay connected to their pediatrician and their medical home. 

First 5 San Joaquin is encouraging families to maintain communication with their pediatricians.  Many medical offices are open and are seeing their patients for their well-baby and well-child visits.  For families that are concerned about being in a safe environment, we encourage you to talk to the medical office about concerns, as many are making several modifications to their office, wait time, etc.  Click here for additional information.
BEYOND OUR GATES EARLY LITERACY MINI-GRANTS
University of the Pacific and its partners in the Beyond Our Gates initiative seek to fuel innovation and engagement through a mini-grant program that will allow San Joaquin County organizations to pilot or enhance promising literacy programs. Organizations can apply for mini-grants of either $5,000 or $10,000. Learn more

HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
In this time of crisis, the Home Energy Assistance Program ( HEAP) program can  offer residents of San Joaquin County a credit to their utility bill, along with valuable information about energy conservation.   There is increased potential that households that did not previously qualify may now be eligible due to job loss, furlough and layoffs.  Learn more.

COVID-19  EARLY LEARNING &  CARE RESPONSE FUNDS
Family Resource & Referral Center has received funds for cleaning and supplies for child care providers from the California Department of Education. Licensed and licensed-exempt centers, and home-based providers who offer services to families receiving subsidies or are private paying families, are eligible to apply.  Learn more

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
There are many locations throughout San Joaquin County distributing free food to those in need.  See the latest  COVID-19 Guide to Free Food Distribution Sites .  San Joaquin County Public Health Services is now providing car seat safety education by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician through individual phone education appointments.   Due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free/reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits (P-EBT) help families buy food while schools are closed. 
CENSUS 2020 SPOTLIGHT 
The Census 2020 is underway!  As of May 20, 2020, the Census 2020 self-response rate for San Joaquin county was 60.0%, just shy of California's response rate of 60.9%. However, there are still several hard-to-count areas within the county that are showing response rates as low as 25% and 30%.  While the self-response deadline has been extended due to COVID-19, there is still much work to be done to get the message out about the importance of everyone being counted, especially the hard-to-count populations like young children.  Click here for helpful messaging resources. 

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