From our CEO,
Kelly O'Lague Dulka, MSW

“We rise by lifting others."

―  Robert Ingersoll

In the past six months we have seen our lives and our "normal" turned upside down. Jobs are different or gone. Schools are scrambling to develop new ways of educating children.
Masks and physical distancing are our new reality. Family and friend gatherings are now discouraged or even prohibited. At Hively, we are seeing how stressful this new "normal" is on children and families, on our child care providers, on our community, and we want you to know that we are here and ready to help.

If you need help figuring out child care, we can help. If you are hungry, we will provide food. If you don't have money for diapers, we've got you covered. If you need someone to talk to, we can help. We, at Hively, are here to help you feel supported and resourced. You are part of the Hively community!

No one should have to face this pandemic alone. We’re social beings, and we are not meant to live in isolation. We know that community is critical to our mental health and emotional well-being and we need to find new ways to experience it. I want to share with you an example of a community that has formed as a result of the pandemic. On April 3rd we hosted a listening session for child care providers. We just wanted to check in to see how our providers were doing. What started as a one-time check-in, has turned into an amazing community - a community of providers who support each other, who laugh and cry together and who, through their care and compassion, lift each other up and carry each other through. We really do rise by lifting others!

If you would like to be part of the Hively community, we'd love to hear from you! Join a conversation, contribute to the Hively Community Fund, gather with us at a training or workshop. Hopefully, you will find a home in our hive!
For more information on how you can get involved, email us at [email protected].

Hively COVID-19 Response
From delivering boxes of food to families in need, distributing diapers through our Diaper Pantry, enrolling essential workers to receive child care payment assistance, to providing child care providers with health and safety supplies, our staff and volunteers at Hively have been hard at work to meet the needs of our community! Check out the pictures above to see Hively's COVID-19 response!
Census 2020!
There is still time to complete your
Census 2020!

Why is the census so important?  The results will determine how much funding our community receives for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. 
I’m just one person. My response won’t make a difference.   Every response matters! When you respond and count everyone (including children and babies) living at your address, you help maximize the funding our community receives for healthcare, social services, education, transportation, and affordable housing. For every person not counted, our community will lose $10,000 in funding over the next 10 years.

I’m worried about my privacy.  The census asks only basic information like age, sex, and race. It will not ask about citizenship, immigration status, or income. Your responses are protected by strong confidentiality laws and cannot be shared with anyone, including ICE, FBI, IRS, landlords, or employers.

I’ll get around to it later.  By self-responding now, you’ll avoid a potential visit by census takers, who will be conducting non-response follow-ups (the timeline for which is subject to change due to the COVID-19 outbreak). 

The census is important and you can make a difference! Let’s focus on our future and BE COUNTED!  
For our Families

Child Care Referrals!
Are you in need of child child care? Hively is available to assist you through the process of finding the perfect fit for you and your family. Contact [email protected] and Hively staff will follow up with you and connect you to a child care program in your area.

Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

Talking to Children about COVID-19

As public conversations around COVID-19 increases, it may bring up feelings of stress and anxiety for young children. They may begin to worry about themselves, family, or friends getting sick. There are simple ways to talk about COVID-19 with young children.

Click below for helpful tips from Sesame Street.

Emergency Rental Assistance
For our Child Care Providers
Hively Listening Sessions

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Join us for our weekly Listening Session where you can connect with Hively staff and other child care providers! Join us for an open conversation about your needs, challenges, and how we can partner with you. click
Hively Book Club

1:00PM - 1:30PM
Join us for our weekly child care provider Book Club! Child care providers are invited to join Hively staff and guest readers as we share our children's book library with you! Each week we will read a new book, and each child care provider will receive a copy of the book! Build your children's book library and the tools to implement them into your child care program!

Health and Safety Support
Do you need support 
with the new COVID-19 daily health check procedures while screening children coming into your child care?

Would you like help keeping up with the
changing CDC and County Public Health guidelines for
child care centers and family child care?

The Alameda County Child Care Emergency Response Team has worked with Samuel Merritt University (SMU) School of Nursing to offer health and safety support to open and planned reopening licensed centers and family child care providers. SMU student nurses will support child care providers and staff with current best practices regarding: infection control, CDC and Public Health guidelines, social distancing, and health practices.

Click below to request health and safety support.

COVID-19 Informational Webinars
Hively and our community partners have been working around the clock to bring you the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 and its impact of child care programs in Alameda County.
Community Care Licensing:
PIN 20-15
PIN 20-15-CCP provides current Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from the Governor’s Office for all child care settings and providers.

This PIN and the updated statewide COVID-19 guidance supersedes PIN 20-06-CCP that expired June 30, and PIN 20-04-CCP, as it pertains to the staff to child ratio requirements.
Upcoming Virtual Training at Hively!

Until further notice,
Hively will be hosting all
training virtually.
August 4th & 11th
Hands on Virtual Learning
6.300PM - 7.30PM
13 de agosto
La nueva Normal: Ajustar su programa de cuidado infantil familiar para cumplir con las nuevas pautas de licencia
6.30PM - 8.30PM

**CCIP Training Hours Available**
August 17th
Supporting Children with Socially Engaging Learning Materials
6.30PM - 8.30PM

**CCIP Training Hours Available**
August 20th
Financial Vitality Parent Cafe
6.30PM - 7.30PM
August 25th
How to Keep Calm When you Can't Comfort Baby 
6.30PM - 8.30PM

**CCIP Training Hours Available**
August 27th
Designing your
Learning Environment and keep children healthy and
socially involved
6.30PM - 8.30PM

**CCIP Training Hours Available**
August 31st
Community Care Licensing Child Care Advocate Program with Tawny Grossman and Natalie Dunaway
6.30PM - 8.00PM

**CCIP Training Hours Available**
Thank You Hively Heroes!
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our Hively Heroes, we have raised over $200,000 and received over $50,000 in in-kind donations (diapers, books, cereal, and other food) for the Hively Emergency Fund!

Every day, because of YOU, we are able to feed hungry families, provide diapers, distribute cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment to child care providers, help with emergency situations and be the safety net families in our community need so desperately.

Be a Hively Hero! Donate today!
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