The latest on what we’re doing to prevent COVID-19. For additional updates and information visit our Facebook page. Last updated 4/3/2020.
We’re Committed to Staying Connected
|Though our centers are temporarily closed, Family Connections is committed to support children, families and staff through this time. Staff are working remotely and supporting families via regular communication, providing activities and resources to families, facilitating connections via WeChat, emails and other virtual methods. |
Some emergency services are continuing virtually and onsite in smaller groups such as case management and support groups. We are supporting families and the community as we can with information for at-home activities and learning, and posting additional resources for education, mental health and more on Facebook.
We encourage you to take note of our comprehensive list of resources, information from our directors, city and county updates and more below.
We appreciate you staying connected with us as we work to strengthen children and families amid challenging times.
Complete the 2020 Census
April 1st, 2020 is Census Day! This is the time for our communities to be counted and our voices to be heard. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. It only takes 10 minutes, complete the Census today! Visit my2020census.gov to be counted.
Virtual Story Time
We’re committed to creating new and innovative ways to stay engaged with children and families amidst COVID-19. Virtual education services are a way we are staying connected Our Early Childhood Program Manager, Madeline, pre-recorded two stories for your child(ren) to follow along. More educational tools and resources will be added soon. Enjoy!
A Note from the Education Director
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I know the past week has been super stressful for many of us, with 24-hour news cycle and constant evolving recommendations from state and local officials. For many of us, this period of time will test our collective patience being homebound with children.
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your children. You may have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and lots of reading. You’ll want to commit to limiting technology but the reality is that our children are just as stressed and impacted by the changes too. Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your children. Whether it’s anger, or sadness or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
Don’t overstress about them regressing in school. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! There is no need for screaming nor picking of fights when they don’t want to follow your schedule or resist to doing math.
What our children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be fine. As parents and caregivers, we need to embrace the positive. This can be a strangely cool time to bond with our family, making the most of newfound time. At the end of all this, how you and your child feel during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they actually did during the weeks off of school.
Do your best to take it one day at a time. Find something new to do together, make it fun, laugh together, and find gratitude. In the midst of all this craziness, we WILL come through on the other side better and stronger.
Let me know how I can help during this time. Feel free to reach out firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Families
Family Connections is dedicated to providing our community with resources and information amidst COVID-19. During this time we will provide frequently updated resource and activity lists.
Stay At Home Order
Mayor London Breed announced a shelter in place at home order along with six Bay Area counties requiring residents to stay home except for essential needs to disrupt the spread of COVID-19. This order is expected to be in place March 17th-April 7th (now extended through May 1st).
FREE Meals and Childcare Available During School Closures
During school closures, childcare options are still available to low-income families and healthcare workers through March 31st. Click here for more information.
SFUSD is providing FREE breakfast, lunch dinner, fresh fruit and milk to all children under 18. No ID or proof of residency is required, but a child must be present. Find a site near you. Click here for more information.
Announcement of Centers Closures
|Dear Family Connections participants and community, |
We are concerned for the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 health pandemic. The situation we are facing with COVID-19 can change daily. It is a challenging time and situation – requiring both self-care and care for one another.
Family Connections has made the difficult decision to temporarily shut down our onsite programs beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 now through May 1st, 2020.
This decision was made per the official recommendations from the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), the Department of Public Health (DPH), and Department of Children Youth and Their Families’ (DCYF) guidance to temporarily pause programming in the event that SFUSD shuts school campuses (announced on March 12, 2020).
We will continue some emergency services virtually and onsite in reduced capacity such as case management and emergency food boxes. We will try to support our families as we can with information for at-home activities and learning.
In addition, we will take this opportunity to do deep sanitation of both centers; furthering the increased cleaning we have done over the last month. Staff will continue to work remotely to further prepare and train on how we can continue to support the community. We will be checking our emails and voicemails.
Please note that guidelines may be modified based on new information or upon the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are assessing this difficult situation on an ongoing basis.
The Family Connections Team
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Links to more COVID-19 prevention information:
Center for Disease Control Coronavirus main page of information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Information for Healthcare Providers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html
CalOSHA Coronavirus page, including safety plan and reporting procedures: https://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/Coronavirus-info.html
FAQ resource guide: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html