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5/05/20 Updates: List of Food Resources. Open East Portland / North Clackamas Programs in Russian
4/29/20 Updates: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Press Release, How to file PUA Application, PUA_FAQs
4/24/20 Updates: SUN Community Schools - COVID-19 Services and Response. Meals on Wheels Community Resources
4/22/20 Updates: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) launches new Spanish Facebook page


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CHILD DEVELOPMENT & FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS
10100 NE Prescott · Portland, OR 97220-3555
Phone (503) 491-6111 · FAX (503) 491-6112

April 19, 2020
Dear Parents and Community members,

              I am wishing you and your family well. I hope you are able to stay home and to stay safe. If you are one of the many health care professionals or an essential worker (delivering food & supplies, grocery worker, etc.) I want to personally thank you for giving so much, to help others during this time.

During the week of March 30th, we started our online virtual services for children and families. We are using Class Do Jo, a free app to be able to share parent child activities and to stay in touch. We are also using Zoom to be able to have face to face home visits, group and story times together. We held our first Zoom parent Policy Council meeting with 17 of our parent leaders this last week.

During this next week staff will be creating home learning activity packets for all of our children. In the packet will be paper, crayons, glue, stickers, and much more. We will announce when we will have these packets ready to pick-up at your child’s center. At this time if you have any other items left at the center (extra clothes, etc.) you will be able to pick those items up. We are also going to start our own YouTube channel soon!

              The governor has closed all public schools, colleges and Universities through June. The Oregon Health Authority is still recommending that we continue to Stay Home and Stay Safe. Though I recognize that this is a huge hardship for many families and child care providers I have decided that all of our programs Head Start, Early Head Start, Parents As Teachers, and the Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County’s offices and classrooms will remain closed through June 12, 2020.

I realize that this closure and physical distancing measures may extend even longer. I prefer to remain hopeful that we will be able to open up this summer. In fact, we are exploring the possibility of offering summer school to children who will be transitioning to Kindergarten this fall. The Office of Head Start will be providing support for programs to offer these services so our children are ready for kindergarten. I will know more about this opportunity in June.

I remain hopeful that we will be able to see each other face to face soon! Be well, Stay Home, and Be Safe!

Sincerely,
Pam Greenough Corrie, Executive Director

 


Use of Personal Protections

4/20/20 Updates: COVID-19 Response Download “COVID-19 Resources for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” on the OHA website.

4/15/20 Updates: Culturally-specific COVID-19 Response - COVID-19 Resources & Information, IRCO Public Charge Spanish FAQ, LASO Tenant Protections One Pager, Framework for Restarting Oregon, Tenant Protections Flyer Spanish

4/10/20 Updates: Check your symptoms with new COVID-19 online tool  &  WIC referral online

4/6/20 Updates: Culturally-specific COVID-19 Response - Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV_SA Programs

4/3/20 Updates: Culturally-specific COVID-19 Response - Facts about Public Charge, IRCO Public Charge FAQ, Unemployment Ins NOT PC Flyer


Resources

Below are links to various resources for food, shelter, and information to assist you during our closure:

For Food, Shelter and other Resources and Services please call 211 or visit www.211info.org with questions regarding other shelter and childcare and transportation resources. Call the Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line at 503-988-4888 for assistance related to behavioral health concerns. Mental health clinicians can provide direct phone assistance to individuals experiencing mental health crises, including escalated symptoms of agitation, anxiety, depression, psychosis, dangerousness to self or others, substance use, etc.


Here are links to other resources available to assist you during this closure:

Community Resources 

Sunshine Division, request a food box here: https://sunshine-division.cyrkusevents.com/

Family Resources and Assistance: https://app.box.com/s/hokp9tgngpthjdgbaovqrbki1ixfhc1t

Recursos familiares y asistencia: https://app.box.com/s/0l3xo3higxop1wxtwgrhk8oa2kitlf06

Multnomah County Health Department: https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Multnomah County Primary Care changes the way it serves to help slow the spread of COVID-19

     El tratamiento médico o los servicios preventivos para el coronavirus (COVID-19) no contarán contra aquellos que buscan residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos.

     Medical treatment or preventive services for coronavirus (COVID-19) will not count against those seeking permanent residency in the United States.

Oregon Employment Department: https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19

Partners in Diversity Job Board:  https://www.partnersindiversity.org/jobs/jobs-board.html; additional information about jobs available and updates can also be found in their April newsletter: https://app.box.com/s/f3vgblrxj5gj1uu0x6o4aie7gmtgslrv

Prepare for a stimulus check: https://news.yahoo.com/stimulus-checks-coming-heres-sure-205014838.html;  if you do not have to file taxes, you still need to submit a tax form.  Do this for free at the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

Additional assistance available from Oregon Department of Human Resources, Employment Related Day Care (ERDC): https://oregonearlylearning.com/oregon-expands-child-care-benefits-to-support-families-and-providers-during-spread-of-covid-19/

WIC (supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children) is open and available to provide services: https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/HealthyPeopleFamilies/wic/pages/index.aspx

Oregon Health Authority frequently asked questions about COVID-19: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/COVID19-FAQ.aspx

Oregon Department of Human Services COVID-19 Updates:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/28470bd

Rose Quarter Resource Center, go to the middle of the page for list of resources: Rose Quarter Resource Center

Multnomah County Freeze on Evictions:

https://www.kxl.com/portland-and-multnomah-county-freeze-evictions-related-to-covid-19/

https://www.oregoncat.org/cat-covid19-resources?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=aa5726cb-66fd-4799-a9f8-77a9f3cb598e

Guidance outlines exemptions for people experiencing homelessness and social service providers

Resources from Future Generations Collaborative (Multnomah County Health Department): https://app.box.com/s/77cky9l14id2kvh1skxw2bxksrez1lw9

SnowCap: http://www.snowcap.org/

Information from Futures Without Violence on COVID-19 for survivors, communities and domestic violence/sexual assault programs: https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/get-updates-information-covid-19/

Domestic violence services: Domestic violence service providers have a message for survivors: “We are still here for you”

 

Taking Care of Your Mental and Emotional Health 

Taking care of your mental health during trying times like these is essential. One of the ways to uplift your mood is getting outside, and taking a walk, while still making sure to distance yourself from others physically.

Mental Health Services in East Multnomah County: https://app.box.com/s/dllrfps3zlcifti58a1ng4k2cxifac57

Information from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI): https://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

Here are some resources to help if you are struggling:
- Multnomah County Call Center/Crisis Line: (503) 988-4888
- Urgent Walk-In Clinic: 4212 SE Division (503) 963-2575 (like Zoom Care for Mental Health)
- Parkrose Multnomah County Health Clinic: (503) 988-3392 – Both Physical and Mental Health available
- Kaiser Crisis Line: (503) 331-6425
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline
     English: 1 (800) 273-8255
     Spanish: 1 (800) 628-9454
- Oregon Youthline: Text: Teen2Teen to 839863 to instantly text with another person or call (877) 968-8491.
- Trevor Project: Text START to 678678 or TrevorLifeLine 1(866) 488-7386.

Covid-19 Mental Health Resources in multiple languages

How older adults can stay positive while staying home

 

Services 

Comcast:  https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/comcast-offers-free-wifi-hotspots-unlimited-data-waives-late-fees-during-coronavirus-outbreak.html

Library: Multnomah County Library is issuing library cards online and seeing an increase in use of digital resources.

Food Hero Initiative: It's searchable database has plenty of quick, tasty, and low-cost recipes. You can search by a particular ingredient or sort by category.

Portland Mutual Aid Network (@pdxmutualaid): https://linktr.ee/pdxmutualaid?fbclid=IwAR3yBmuNbE1PQu14yqibC4reSzy8_u60a0oRWfoCgdksS21tSTqS9mWoidk

Guidance for businesses about whether to stay open or closed

Multnomah County created a Business Resources page 

TriMet Information:

Guidance for using public transportation

TriMet Reduced Services  

TriMet is no longer taking cash fares on buses

 

Educational Resources for Your Children

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/

Coronavirus, A Social Story: https://app.box.com/s/1t714npyx9fnx8b1w4hovyedlhfs4hqq

Children's Reactions to COVID-19 and Ways to Help: https://app.box.com/s/v21fim9j9amywz72q3hlya00t2qp51ok

https://readyrosie.com/en/healthyathome/

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/get-updates-information-covid-19/

Resources to help you share about COVID-19 with your children:

     English: https://app.box.com/s/h8khgop50qdj44lej9b8xot43wnclfdc

     Spanish: https://app.box.com/s/rlnmtgzk2cuyh9k2xt6xpt1x856ozgv8

123Care: https://app.box.com/s/537piszty7xc80tq47slag766oyfyfo7

 

General Information

 

COVID-19 information in the following languages:

Mixteco, Zapoteco, Maya, Nahuatl, Chatino, Purepecha, Otomi, Tlahuica, Mazahua, Matlatzinca, Ashi Añane, Huasteco, Mixe, O’dam, Triqui, Embera, Garifuna, Tseltal, Chontal, Tzotzil, y Hñähñu

President Donald Trump approves a major disaster declaration for Oregon

President Trump extends social distancing guidelines to April 30.


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