Sheltering in Place: Impacts and Supports
April 10, 2020
Dear 4Cs community,
Unexpected and unprecedented times and events can be scary, unnerving, and stressful. They can also bring out the best in neighbors, friends, coworkers, and, in the case of Alameda County's Early Care and Education community, provide a time and space for a powerful collaboration of local policy-makers, Resource and Referral agencies, and funders. This group of ECE agency leaders, the Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response Team, was brought together at the beginning of the shelter-in-place orders and continues to work to ensure a countywide response to the needs of families and child care providers in our communities. 4Cs of Alameda County is proud to be a part of this team making sure that the essential workers who need child care receive it (if that's you, you can find information here ), child care providers are given the tools and guidance to care for little ones in a safe, healthy environment (child care providers can find resources here ), and that our community members receive the supplies they need for their families. Speaking of needs, we are asking that ALL community members fill out our Community Needs Survey by Friday, April 17 so that we know what resources our community members need now and what resources to make available to you as soon as possible.

As we navigate this time together, please know that, while our physical offices are closed, our staff are available for clients via email and phone to help in any way we can. You can call our main line at (510) 582-2182, use our Staff Directory to call or email our staff, or email us at info@4c-alameda.org . If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out, 4Cs of Alameda County is here to support you as, together, we help flatten the curve.

Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld
Executive Director

P.S. Interested in donating to 4Cs of Alameda County to help us support families and child care providers? Donate today .
4Cs Trainings, Workshops, and Events

While 4Cs of Alameda County's offices remain physically closed, all 4Cs in-person large group gatherings are canceled until June 30 . This includes: all in-person scheduled provider trainings (Hayward and FRC locations), Play & Learn, Hayward Promise Neighborhood programming, and the annual Children's Faire. Please visit our website for updated information on virtual trainings at https://www.4c-alameda.org/covid-19-resources .
News from 4Cs VITA Site

Tax Preparation and Filing Support

The IRS and State of California have extended fax filing dates to July 15th, 2020. With this extension, 4Cs of Alameda County's VITA site and the IRS are working on a plan to continue preparing taxes for you here at 4Cs. More information coming soon with details on the potential reopening of 4Cs VITA site. Click on the box below to find supports to help you with virtual tax preparation and filing support.
Economic Impact Payment Check

The IRS will be preparing and sending out the promised Economic Impact Payment checks from the Federal Government this month. Click here to view the flyer about what what you are entitled to receive and use the link below to learn more about your payment.
Child Care Provider Resources

The Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response Team, including 4Cs of Alameda County, presented two webinars specifically for Alameda County's child care providers. See below for information about two informational webinars you may have missed:

Wednesday, April 1: Child Care Provider Webinar and Resources
  • In case you missed the Alameda County COVID-19 Child Care Webinar on April 1st. Below, please find relevant resource materials:
  • Alameda County COVID-19 CC Webinar Recording: CLICK HERE
  • COVID-19 and Child Care Resources shared during webinar: CLICK HERE
  • Child Care Referral Form for Essential Workers can be found here — please share with the essential workers seeking child care
  • FAQs – These are in progress and will be shared as soon as they are available
  • We hope this will support your work in these uncertain times. As the COVID-19 emergency guidance continues to unfold, we anticipate adding additional webinars to help keep you informed.

Friday, April 3: Child Care Provider Small Business Support Webinar
  • In case you missed the Child care Small Business Support webinar, click HERE
Food Resources for Families

During the shelter-in-place order, the HPN/CalFresh team, Lizbeth Gonzales and Cynthia Padilla, continue to actively outreach to families to determine if they are eligible for CalFresh benefit. If you would like to see if you are eligible to apply for CalFresh please call or email us at 510-584-3105 or calfresh@4c-alameda.org . We are checking for messages daily. If you are currently receiving CalFresh, you can find information about the COVID-19 Emergency Allotment for CalFresh Recipients here , the memo from Alameda County Social Services Agency about their program changes during the shelter-in-place, including CalFresh, here , or call our team for more information.

If you need food now please call the Alameda County Community Food Bank for information on where to pick food. Food bank staff can be reached at (510) 635-3663 and then press 2. You do not need to be on CalFresh to pick up food at pantries. This service is based on need only.  
 
Community members can visit  https://www.acoe.org/Page/989  for a list of different school districts that provide breakfast and lunch for students and food pantries that are open based on area.