Coronavirus Crisis: Help For Students and Children

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Child Care and Development Block Grant

The CARES Act appropriated funding to support childcare and early education by providing $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.  California will receive $348 million under this emergency appropriation.

You can learn more about the California Department of Education’s Child Care and Development Fund State Plan, by clicking here.

Questions and Answers

Will families still have access to free or reduced meals if their schools close?

The Governor Newsom’s executive order ensures public schools will retain full funding. Check your local school district for more information on how and where to receive services, including school meals.

What do I do if I don’t have internet access at home? 

Check with your local school district or college to see what resources are available for you.  List of providers offering free internet access currently:

Spectrum mobile has opened wifi hotspots and are working on assisting school districts with facilitating home internet access. 

Comcast has opened free Xfinity WiFi hotspot access across the country. Xfinity has also paused data plans, late fees, and disconnects for the next 60 days. Families with limited income can receive internet services for free for the next 60 days (usually $9.95 per month). 

AT&T has opened all public WiFi hotspots and will not charge customers for any late fees or overages. AT&T also offers internet access for $10/month for households on limited income.

How will students with disabilities receive services during school closures?

The California Department of Education has released guidance on distance learning to support schools in serving all students through this outbreak. This guidance includes recommendations to ensure equity and access for all students.

Will there be standardized testing? When?

Probably not: on March 18, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order to waive this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools, pending federal approval.

Student loan information:

To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. To learn more, please go this page at the Department of Education:

Additional resources:

CA Department of Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
University of California coronavirus updates
California State University (CSU) coronavirus updates
California Community Colleges coronavirus updates
Long Beach Unified School District coronavirus updates
Orange County Unified School District remote learning resources
CDC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: COVID-19 and Children
CDC: Children and COVID-19: Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out
CDC Guidance for Colleges
CDC Guidance for Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
US Dept. of Ed: COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel