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COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease
Resources and Responses

In these difficult times, the Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs) of San Mateo County is here to help all families, children, and early care and education providers.

We need your help to plan for emergency child care. If you work in an essential sector and will be needing child care, please fill out this survey. It is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

A list of currently available sites providing emergency child care for essential workers can be found here. If you work in an essential sector and you need additional help finding child care right now, please click here or call us at (650) 517-1400.

If you are a child care provider and want to provide emergency care, please click here to let us know.

Use the links below to navigate the updated list of resources, documents and web pages to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.

For questions about COVID-19, email us at

Featured Resources

  • 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 will begin accepting applications on Friday, April 3. Organizations should begin preparing 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.
  • National Resources and Policy Updates for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Webconference- Use these links to register for your preferred time: Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00 AM (PT) or 12:00 PM (PT) – Join Small Business Majority and America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) for a national webinar covering the new loan programs made available by the stimulus package, resources related to COVID-19 and policy recommendations to bolster small business owners right now.
  • 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.

General COVID-19 Resources

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San Mateo County COVID-19 Information

Shelter in Place Order

On March 16, 2020 the San Mateo County Health Officer issued a Shelter in Place Order (effective 03/16/2020 – 05/03/2020) that instructs residents to shelter in their place of residence except to engage in certain essential activities and work for essential business and government services.

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 at (650) 363-4588, available: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Other Local Resources

Financial Assistance & Other Supports

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Child Care Providers - Operational Resources

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Child Care Providers - Employment Opportunity

  • CDSS Community Care Licensing: Child Care Providers Needed
    In order to comply with staff to child ratios, a temporary workforce is being recruited. If you are interested in participating, please answer the survey found in the link above.


  • Child Care Aware of America: Send a Message to Congress
    Support child care during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
  • Child Care Law CenterSend a Message to Congress
    Inform your federal representatives to include support for child care providers in a second emergency relief package.
  • National Women’s Law Center: Send a Message to Congress
    Tell Congress to protect working families during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • San Mateo County Economic Development Association: Business Economic Impact Survey
    If you are a business affected by COVID-19, please take this survey to help develop financial assistance programs that can offer immediate relief.