Find information and resources about Covid-19 and how it may affect you
Recover St. Lucie website:
For information on COVID-19 testing, resources and grants for individuals, families and businesses!
More CDC Resources here:
Update on School Readiness & VPK Services for parents!
During these trying times, we want you to know that we are here to help your family with childcare needs. Although our building is closed to the public, clients can still apply for school readiness and/or VPK services on our Family Portal . All Coalition team members can still be reached by phone, at 772-595-6363 for Family Services, which covers enrollment, eligibility and childcare referral services, or 772-595-6424 for the general line, or through email, or through our social media platforms. Contact ext. 119 for Family Services.
For more information on COVID-19 and how the State of Florida is handling this virus, visit the Florida Department of Health website . You can also visit our Childcare Locator on our website here to see which childcare centers are currently open. Here is the latest update from the state regarding:
Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program
School Readiness (SR) Eligibility Program
We would like to be a community resource for you and your children as we navigate our way through this challenging time, dealing with COVID-19.
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County will make every attempt to provide accurate and timely information regarding childcare in St. Lucie County. We will be increasing our communication with you during this time.
You may be wondering why some preschool programs are open and some are closed. Each early learning preschool or childcare center can make the individual decision to stay open or temporarily close. Until the State or County makes any other determinations, they can continue to provide care.
If you find that you are having a hard time finding childcare, we are here to help. If you have questions about childcare options, please call our Family Resource Line: 772-595-6363.
It is important to know for all re-determinations and childcare applications–we can help you online and over the phone. As of March 20, our office building is no longer open for in-person visitors, but we can offer our services via phone or online appointments. If you are unable to meet via phone or online, we are here to help you. Please call our Family Resource Line 772-595-6363.
Recover St. Lucie website has information on COVID-19 testing, resources and grants for individuals, families and businesses!
Helpful Community Resources
We will continue to update the below list of local resources that St. Lucie County families may find helpful in these uncertain times.
State and Federal Resources
- CDC COVID-19 website
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 webpageThe Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour hotline and email account for all coronavirus questions: 1 (866) 779-6121 or website COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Florida’s COVID-19 Case Dashboard
- CDC guidance on pregnant women and COVID-19
- CDC guidance on COVID-19 and kids
- CDC | Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus in Homes and Residential Communities
- Child Care Aware of America (CCAA) Coronavirus News & Resources
- PIE | Rapid Response Resources – Coronavirus
- Public Information Hotline for SLC: 772-460-HELP (4357)
- St. Lucie County Health Department: http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/
- St. Lucie County Resources, info and updates: https://www.stlucieco.gov/
- St. Lucie County School District (Meals): www.stlucieschools.org 11-1 selected locations Monday, Wednesday and Friday drive-through
- Graceway Village (Meals) https://www.gracewayvillage.com/
- Boys & Girls Clubs (Meals) 4-7 Monday through Friday drive-through
- Mustard Seed Ministries
- Comcast | Offering Free Internet for Two Months to Specific Customers
- Psychology Today | Parenting During COVID-19
- EdNavigator | How should parents prepare for Coronavirus, school closures & getting anything done?
- Yale School of Medicine | Kids and COVID-19: What Parents Should Know
- New York Times | Eight Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus (March 9)
- New York Times | How to Self-Quarantine (March 6)
- NCSECS | Coronavirus & Students with Disabilities
- Virtual tours of 12 famous museums
- Over 30 virtual field trips
- Scholastic Learn at Home: free daily online courses for kids
- Khan Academy | Sample Daily Schedule
How to talk to children about Coronavirus
- org: How To Talk To Children About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NPR | Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute | Talking To Kids About the Coronavirus
- CDC Guidance | Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC Guidance | Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- CDC Guidance | Children in a Disaster (Tools & Resources)
- Zero to Three | Tips for Families (Coronavirus)
- Zero to Three | Tips for Talking to Children (Why Are People Wearing Masks/Covering Their Faces?)
- NASP | Talking to Children About Coronavirus – A Parent Resource
- SAMHSA | Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, & Teachers
- Understood | Talking With Children About Coronavirus
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network | Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus
- American Academy of Pediatrics | Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis
- National Assoc. of School Psychologists | Talking to Children about Coronavirus – A Parent Resource
- Florida Department of Education | Listen Up! We Have To Talk About Germs!
Mass Gatherings and Community Events
- Commissioner Corcoran urges adherence to the CDC’s guidance for higher-risk populations by cancelling any mass gatherings, community events and extracurricular activities, including sports of more than 10 people in a single occupied space at any educational program, school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten, public and private K-12, career and technical centers, and public and private colleges and universities.
School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs
- Commissioner Corcoran strongly recommend school readiness and voluntary prekindergarten programs adhere to the CDC’s guidance for higher-risk populations by limiting students and employees to no more than 10 people convening in a single occupied space, therefore breaking students into groups as necessary, maintaining social distancing best practices and proper hygiene.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Offices
- All services provided by the divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services to clients shall be provided solely though virtual and telephonic methods to the extent possible.
- The Department will work with appropriate federal authorities to seek waivers for any federal requirements that may be impacted.
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.