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COVID-19 Resources and Information

Tips to Help Support Your Family:

This is a challenging time for us all, but our kids and families are resilient. As a community, we can support each other and help our kids feel safe and thrive. 

Tips to Help Support Your Family:

Stay connected! Talking to loved ones and friends helps to boost positive energy and reduce feelings of isolation.

Reach out to your child’s school to find information and tips on distance learning and plans if your child receives additional services at school including meals or therapeutic services.
Kids thrive with routines and consistency. Create a daily family schedule and keep bedtime consistent.
Create a Family Happy List. Take some time to do the things that bring you and your kids joy and comfort, such as reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and exercising.
Stay active! Kids have a lot of energy. Plan times throughout the day to help your kids their wiggles out. Find kids exercise and yoga videos or put on some music and dance.
Provide a safe space for kids to ask questions. While kids may not understand everything, they are smart and are aware of change. It’s okay to not know all the answers. Providing them with concrete, age appropriate information can help to address any fears.
Shift expectations and priorities. Focus on being flexible and kind to yourself and family during this time of change.
Give yourself small breaks and practice self-care.
Model positive self-talk. Examples include “We will get through this. We are all doing our part together.”
Recognize that feelings such as loneliness, boredom, anxiety and stress are normal reactions that you and your family may feel.

Get additional support from resources in the community. (Modified from Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

View Tips flier - COVID-19 One-Pager (1).pdf

Generations United COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families

Our country and the world are facing a pandemic unlike any of us have seen before. People over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems are among the highest-risk populations COVID-19 is impacting. While grandparents are being advised to isolate themselves physically from grandchildren, it is nearly impossible for older caregivers to distance themselves from the children they are raising. You are on the front line for your family every day. Today’s challenges are making it much tougher to care for them. It’s important to stay calm and do everything you can to stay healthy, informed and connected. View the flier or visit the online link for information and resources.

View flier - COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families (1).pdf

For more information, please visit - https://www.gu.org/resources/covid-19-fact-sheet-for-grandfamilies-and-multigenerational-families/

Laptop Distribution 

During school closures having access to a device enables students to more easily participate in remote learning and engage with their teachers. Students can use laptops, smart phones, or tablets.

Please visit the Tacoma School District website for the most current information regarding laptop distribution details.

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Lyft - Get $25 Towards Lyft Rides to Laptop Pick-up

Tacoma Urban League is joining forces with Lyft to give you reliable rides for Laptop Pick-up.
Just check the details below to see when and where you can take your rides, enter the event code in the Promos section of the Lyft app, and you're good to go!
How to use your code Open the Lyft app
If you don't already have the app, you can download it for free.
Navigate to Promos - Open your Lyft menu in the upper left-handcorner of the app and tap Promos.
Enter your code.
If you have a business profile, make sure you're in your personal profile when riding to the event.
Your code:
That's it! Enjoy your rides and have a great time.
4634 S 74th St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA
Salishan, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA
South Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA
March 31, 2020 8:00 AM— April 7, 2020 6:30 PM
Rides requested outside of locations and times listed here will not receive a credit.

View the flier - Lyft and Laptop Pickup.pdf

Child Care Resources - Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center

Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center


Child Care is an Essential Service for All Families
The COVID 19 pandemic is highlighting just how essential child care is as we respond to this unprecedented public health crisis.
Essential workers – particularly the hourly, lower wage earners on the frontlines of their industries – now more than ever rely on child care to do their jobs. These workers are absolutely critical to our communities’ health, safety, and well-being.
School and business closures have left families in desperate need for child care and for ways to pay for it as families experience drops in income due to a job loss or reduction in hours. These closures have also created confusion for child care providers who are concerned about their and children’s safety when they are one of the few places being advised to remain open.
Essential workers, families experiencing homelessness, and low-income families who are one paycheck away from losing their housing and health care need help now to find and pay for child care. Additionally, child care providers need reliable, up-to-date information on keeping themselves and children healthy and safe. They are also deserving of being paid at a rate commensurate with the essential role they play in our communities now and at all times.
Child Care Resources’ Response in a Time of Crisis - 
Child Care Resources (CCR) has been identified to serve as the statewide Child Care
COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. CCR is the operator of the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center, the statewide child care resource and referral call center and is Child Care Aware of Washington’s most populous region serving King and Pierce Counties.
The Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center is a central, accessible source for families and child care providers for all their questions and needs related to child care, available in their home languages, and responsive in this time of urgency. The Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center is prepared to respond in these ways:
Child Care Providers
• Referrals to child care that have current openings
• Guidance on accessing subsidies and other financial assistance to pay for care
• Connection to resources for diapers, baby wipes, formula, income assistance, housing, food, health and mental health care
• Guidance on helping children and themselves cope with the stress and trauma
• Up-to-date information on COVID 19 prevention and public health recommendations
• Up-to-date information on COVID-19 prevention and public health guidelines for child care, such as how to incorporate social distancing, toy sanitation, and other risk management measures
• Guidance on when to close or open their programs
• Information about where to get cleaning supplies, diapers, baby wipes, and other high-demand items
• Connection to resources for income assistance, housing, food, health and mental health care for child care staff and families
• Guidance on supporting children, families, their staff and themselves cope with stress and trauma
Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center is in direct and frequent communication with key systems including public health; the Department of Children, Youth and Families; Child Care Aware of Washington; Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; and others. We are an important conduit of information to these systems on what families and child care providers are experiencing and on new, emerging needs from our communities.
Child Care Resources is uniquely qualified to operate the Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center. Through our work helping families find and pay for child care (primarily families who are low-income or experiencing homelessness), and with child care providers (more than 2000 child care programs across two counties), Child Care Resources is a trusted source for those who are finding themselves overwhelmingly and disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the flier - CCR COVID Call Center Info Sheet.pdf

Child Care COVID Communications, Response and Referral Center


The Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center has expanded its operations to serve as the statewide child care response, resource and referral hub during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Family Center, operated by Child Care Resources, will support families seeking child care, child care providers needing up to date COVID information and safety supports, as well as employers needing child care options for their workforce. Our expanded call center can serve callers immediately and in their home languages.

The Child Care COVID Communications, Response and Referral Center:

• connects families directly to vacant child care slots, with a specific focus on essential workers, first responders and families using child care subsidies to pay for care. 

• tracks child care openings and closures to ensure we have the most up to date child care openings to best match families to care – we even have the ability to accept and respond to text messages directly through the 1-800 number so providers can text us in real time with current openings or closures.

• helps child care programs remain open, if they so choose, and adapt their care to incorporate new safety measures, school-aged children, trauma-informed care, and other emerging needs. Our work with families and child care providers over the past 30 years makes us a trusted source for those who are finding themselves overwhelmingly and disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our response work is informed by regular communication and updates from state and local public health officials, the Department of Children, Youth and Families, statewide school districts and other response partners. We are here to help you.


COVID Response and Referral Center.Outreach-ENGLISH.pdf

COVID Response and Referral Center.Outreach-SPANISH-US.pdf

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, COVID-19 Response First Temporary Care Center for COVID-19 Assessment and Recovery

Protecting those most at risk is our top priority.
To care for the most vulnerable populations in Pierce County, we will set up temporary care facilities for people in Pierce County during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Assessment and recovery are effective and essential to slow the spread of disease and save lives. Pierce County will need several temporary care centers to house vulnerable Pierce County residents exposed to COVID 19 who don’t have a safe place to stay for the 14-day quarantine period. The sites are also for people who tested positive or awaiting test results and don’t need hospital care and don’t have a safe place to stay. Staying at the center is voluntary. People will only be there if they can’t stay at home and choose to stay at the center. These temporary care centers provide local care without adding to the mounting pressure on the hospital system.
What are assessment and recovery?
· Assessment (quarantine): People exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. People in quarantine are assessed for signs or symptoms of the virus. They need to be alone for 14 days to reduce any potential spread of the disease.
· Recovery (isolation): People tested positive for the virus or have symptoms and are waiting for test results. They don’t need hospital care but must remain isolated from others and so the disease doesn’t spread.
Temporary care center location.
The first temporary care center is likely a Central Pierce County hotel.
Leaning in to address complex problems as a community.
We know many people in Pierce County have struggles. We know these sites may raise concerns. We need to balance those concerns with the immediate need for these centers. Our residents are strong and rise to face challenges every day. We must support them as they support those who would otherwise not have a safe space to recover. Our goal is to provide services and accommodations for language, disability, and other factors to ensure residents of each center have fair, equitable access to services. This may include interpretation by phone and ADA-compliant rooms.
Our plans address the following local concerns:
· The Health Department will assign rooms and sign off before anyone leaves.
· We will provide security 24/7. Visitors aren’t allowed.
· Each center will have full on-site services including medical, mental health, food and laundry.
· We’ll report regularly on patient count and health status and monitor and respond to concerns.
· We’ll work with trusted leaders including culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
· Local communities hosting these centers will incur no costs.
· Whenever possible, we’ll purchase food, supplies and other items from local businesses.
How we selected this location.
Siting these services is not a decision we take lightly. Many people stepped forward to offer their sites.
The Department of Emergency Management reviewed more than 80 sites countywide. Site selection criteria included:
· Immediate availability.
· Security and access to police and fire services.
· Bathing, toilet and laundry facilities.
· Food and entertainment options.
· Accessibility for people with disabilities.
After a full review, only a handful of potential sites met the criteria. Our goal is to have at least 3 Temporary CareCenters, one or more in central, east and west Pierce County. The property owner for the first temporary care center supports providing these services at their location. Their support was a key part of our decision.
We want to hear from you.
We have talked with many people about this location. People living homeless told us they wanted to stay near their friends and support systems. We also talked to their caregivers in local shelters. We reached out to elected officials and our trusted partners, like non-profits and key community volunteers. Now we are reaching out to you. Although we need to get this center up immediately, we want to make sure we listen to any needs or concerns you have throughout the process.
Want to tell us more?
Call us at (855) 722-5378 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Email us at pccallcenter1@tpchd.org.

COVID 19_Central Pierce Co Temporary Care Center Information for community members.pdf


Children's National - A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus - Staying Healthy and Safe

Coronavirus is a new germ that makes people sick. 

Most people only get a little bit sick from coronavirus. Kids almost never get very sick from coronavirus. Older people like grandparents sometimes get very sick from coronavirus. 

Coronavirus makes people cough and have fevers for a little while. 

Coronavirus makes most people feel like they have a cold or the flu. They feel tired and sick for a while but then they get better again, just like after a cold. 

What can kids do to help? 

  • Wash your hands with soap for as long as it takes to sing the ABCs after you blow your nose or use the bathroom and before you eat.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow. 
  • Try not to touch your face because that can move germs from your hands to your face and make you get sick.

Staying home helps keep people healthy. 

Lots of schools are closed and meetings are cancelled. This is so the coronavirus does not spread to lots of different people. Staying home helps keep older people from getting coronavirus. If school is cancelled that does not mean that you should be scared.

It is not your job to worry. 

Moms and dads, teachers, doctors, scientists and lots of other adults are all working hard to keep everyone safe. If you are worried, talk to an adult about it. Keeping people safe is a grown up job, not a kid job. 

 For more information, visit RiseandShine.ChildrensNational.org/covid-19-faqs-for-kids/

View the flier - KidsGuidetoCoronavirus_3.13.20 FINAL (1).pdf

Tacoma Public Utilities COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program 

In response to The City of Tacoma’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, Tacoma’s Public Utility Board approved the creation of a new Emergency Assistance Program for low-income customers, funded for up to $1 million. The new program will support Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) customers whose incomes are within 200% of federal poverty guidelines, as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read full press release.

For up-to-date information about the City of Tacoma’s response to COVID-19, visit: MyTPU.org/COVID19.

What is the Emergency Assistance Program and what does it cover?

The Emergency Assistance Program is a $1 million fund created to help customers during the state of emergency declared by the City of Tacoma in response to COVID-19. The program provides a utility credit of up to $250 for eligible single-family households, usable toward TPU bills.

The program has fewer criteria than TPU’s existing Bill Credit Assistance Program (BCAP), expanding eligibility to households making up to 200% of federal poverty guidelines (BCAP aids households making up to 150%). We project that this $1 million in funding and change in criteria will enable TPU to help many more households who are struggling due to the current state of emergency.

For more information and to apply, please visit - https://www.mytpu.org/emergencyassistance/

Tacoma Public Utilities is also trying to get the word out that their lobby is currently closed for the time being.  They are encouraging customers to reduce their exposure to the virus as much as possible by handling as many transactions as possible using MyAccount, the automated phone system, and PayBox kiosks located throughout their service areas.  Of course if customers need to speak to a person, they can call Customer Services at 253-502-8600.  In addition, customers who may need additional time to pay their bill due to challenges caused by the virus, can call and request extended arrangements.

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities / Lista De Recursos

If you are undocumented yourself or have family members who are undocumented and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, click on the link below -

Si usted es indocumentado o tiene familiares indocumentados y han sido afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19, haga clic en el enlace - 


VISION MAKER MEDIA - Native Stories for Public Broadcasting

Free Online Resources

Social distancing doesn't mean you have to lose touch with your culture or your community. Vision Maker Media has come together to curate a collection of online resources for you and your family to keep you connected:

Visit website - https://www.visionmakermedia.org/

LOGO.jpgThe mission of the Indian Education Program is to meet the ​unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students. The Indian Education Program is committed to connecting families of Native American students with culture, community and education.

Thank you to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians for your support.