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Use the links below to navigate a list of the most up-to-date resources, documents and webpages to help address any questions and concerns that you may have.

If you have any questions specific to COVID-19, please send us an email at

Featured Resources

  • Financial Assistance for SMC Child Care Providers Chart
    Click the link to view this simple chart and see what assistance you can apply for as a San Mateo County provider.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The application is very straightforward, and approved lenders began accepting applications on Friday, April 3. Organizations should apply NOW. Organizations will apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lenders or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Organizations should consult with their current banking institution as to whether it is participating in the program, or use this list to identify an approved lender.

  • California Child Care Public Health Order
    March 22, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a public health order affecting all California child care providers, including family child care homes. That order says that you can only stay open to care for children of essential workers, and must use heightened cleaning and distancing rules in place for COVID-19. For the latest news and updates on California’s response to the crisis please visit California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response.

San Mateo County

Shelter in Place Order

The Health Officer of San Mateo County has issued a new, somewhat less restrictive Shelter-In-Place Order effective at 11:59 pm on May 3, 2020.

The new Order extends the shelter in place requirements from 11:59PM on May 3 until 11:59PM on May 31 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer. The Health Officer is closely monitoring actions by our Governor as well as various indicators and is continually assessing whether and to what extent the County can ease restrictions to provide more flexibility and freedom for County residents.

In light of progress achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the new Order is generally less restrictive in certain areas. It relaxes conditions on certain Essential Businesses and allows certain Outdoor Businesses to resume operating.

The following are generally allowed under the new Order, however you should consult the FAQs and Order for more detail:

  • Construction (both commercial and residential)
  • Outdoor services such as gardening and landscaping
  • Traditional Outdoor Businesses such as nurseries, outdoor operations, and garden centers
  • Moving services (both commercial and residential)
  • Real estate transactions (with virtual components)
  • Activities in shared recreational spaces that do not involve shared equipment and that allow for social distancing, such as golf courses, skate parks, and athletic fields.
  • Shelter in Place Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 
  • Shelter in Place Order (effective till 5/31/20)
  • San Mateo County Health provides up-to-date news, resources and a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a variety of Coronavirus related issues.

Local Coronavirus Contact Information

  • To stay informed and receive the latest guidelines and protocols provided by San Mateo County Health text ‘coronavirus’ to 211211 for text updates
  • For non-medical questions about Coronavirus, providers and residents in San Mateo County can call 211, available 24/7
  • Email questions about the Shelter in Place Order to:
  • Legal Call Center has been established to answer questions about the Shelter in Place Order
    (650) 363-4588, available: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Other Local Resources

  • First 5 of San Mateo County: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Information for parents, caregivers, and staff working with young children.
  • San Mateo County Office of Education: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Provides guidance to parents, schools, school districts, preschools, and child care settings as well as general resources.


Supporting Children

Resources for Families

  • Local Resources for Families — San Mateo County COVID-19 Child Care Response Team


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Guidance for Child Care Providers

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Guidelines for Health & Safety

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Financial Assistance

Employment Opportunities

Public Benefits

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Food Supply

  • Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)
    Currently operating under new program hours, EHP is open to the public from Tuesday-Thursday to provide those in need with emergency food resources and household essentials.
  • Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
    Grocery programs that provide free nutritious groceries and fresh produce to residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara County. Food Connections help people find free groceries and other food resources in their neighborhood with multilingual staff to provide support along the way.
  • School Closure Meal Sites
    Any child or family with children 18 and under may pick up meals for the children during Coronavirus (COVID-19) school closures at these locations in San Mateo and Santa Clara County.
  • CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application
    Helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites on your mobile phone.
  • The Six Fifty — Restaurants offering Pick Up / Delivery
    A running list to support local food businesses who remain open during ‘Shelter in Place’

Essential Services

  • SMC Connect
    Find Community Services in San Mateo County
  • Core Service Agencies — Emergency Safety Net Assistance
    The County of San Mateo offers eight Core Service Agencies to provide individuals and families with basic emergency and support services to stabilize their living situations, such as food, housing assistance, and other basic needs.
  • California Department of Public Health — Immigrant Communities Guidance
    Public Health is focused on ensuring all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment. Immigration officials have confirmed that any testing, treatment, or preventative care related to COVID-19 will not be considered as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination.
  • Free Internet Access —  Low-Income households may be eligible for 2 months of free internet access.
    • To view the offer from Comcast, visit INTERNETESSENTIALS.COM or call 1-855-846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).
    • Charter Communications will also offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not currently have a subscription, to enroll, call 1-844-488-8935.
    • A list of the measures taken by additional service providers in response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Emotional Support

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