Resources for Children and Families Regarding Covid-19

We know this is a stressful time for many children and families. We’ve put together these resources to help and will continue to update them regularly. This Local 20/20 webpage also has a comprehensive list of available services that is updated regularly.

About COVID-19

Talking to kids about coronavirus

Is your kid suddenly acting younger or more stressed? This is called regression and it is a normal reaction to stressful situations (Yes! Even in adults!). This article can help you understand ways your child might regress and how to support them through this challenging time.

Supporting kids at home during the coronavirus: For more ideas about how to support yourself and your family during this time, we recommend the Aha!Parenting blog. She covers topics from homeschooling, to helping your child cope with cancelled events, to just staying sane as a family while you’re all at home together.

Jefferson County COVID-19 Updates 

Jefferson Healthcare COVID-19 Nurse Consult Line: 360-344-3094

Meals for Children Under 18

Local school districts are providing free meals for children during the school closures. Click on school district below for pick up/delivery sites:

Brinnon

Chimacum

Port Townsend

Quilcene

Childcare Needs

YMCA will no longer be providing childcare services in Port Townsend.

Brinnon School District is providing daycare for healthcare workers and first responders. We are also striving to provide daycare for families who would otherwise be unable to go to work. Please contact the school at 360-796-4646 or email the principal and superintendent Patricia Beathard at pbeathard@bsd46.org if you have any questions, need any of the services listed above or there is any other way the school district can support you.

Chimacum School District is providing child care for first responders and health care workers. Please call 360-302-5891 if the district can help support your childcare needs.

Port Townsend School District: Salish Coast Elementary will be providing emergency childcare for our families of healthcare professionals and first responders, and other workers who need to continue working during our closure, and are unable to provide other means of safe supervision. Our site is to be the childcare center of last resort for families with no other options. Please complete this form if you are in need of emergency child care.

Quilcene School District is providing emergency childcare on campus for the children of first responders and medical professionals. You can contact Quilcene principal Sean Moss with questions at 360-302-1294.

Basic Needs

WIC Nutrition Program has openings. Do you know someone who is pregnant or cares for a child 5 years or under? Call to enroll in WIC and receive a boost to your food budget. Call 360-385-9400.

Jefferson County Foodbank: All four food banks in Jefferson County remain open during their regular hours. Anyone in Jefferson County can access food bank services without question. Instead of clients going inside to receive food, they are asking people to stay in their cars and a food bank volunteer will bring food to each family.

Jefferson Community Foundation Rapid Response Fund: This fund is to help all Jefferson County Residents who are facing financial hardship due to job loss or reduced work hours as a result of COVID-19. Dove House is serving as the point of contact but you do not need to be a client to request Rapid Response Funds. If you do not have the capability to submit a request on-line, you can call Dove House at 360-385-5292 for assistance.

OLYCAP Request for Assistance: If you are in Jefferson County and need assistance with food, childcare, utilities, rent or other basic needs due to COVID-19, you can fill out a request form through the OLYCAP website. Note that relief dollars through OLYCAP are limited to one service per family or individual.

Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates: JCIRA is a local immigrant rights organization that is providing up to $500 grants to help with rent and everyday needs in response to COVID-19, including grants for those who may not qualify for government help. To apply, leave a message in English or Spanish at 360-232-6070.

JeffCo Mutual Aid is offering cash assistance to locals who have lost work and don’t know when they will receive a paycheck again. This is a community effort that has sprung up in response to COVID-19.

St. Vincent de Paul answers emergency requests for help from anyone in East Jefferson County. Most often we give aid for food, gas, utilities, rent, bus passes, emergency shelter, prescriptions, medical/dental expenses, repairs, insurance, clothing and laundry. Call or text 360-379-1325.

WA State Department of Financial Institutions: Find info on unemployment benefits and help in paying rent, mortgage, utilities, credit cards etc.

Mental Health Needs

Discovery Behavioral Health Services: 24/7 Crisis Line: 306-385-0321
Mental health services in Jefferson County. DBH is providing all services by phone or on-line. They are currently accepting new clients and providing crisis services. If you need to talk during office hours call 306-385-0321.

Dove House Advocacy Services: 24/7 Crisis Line: 360-385-5291
Services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crimes. Walk-in services are closed but Dove House is still serving those who need them via phone and on-line. If you need to talk during office hours call 360-385-5292.

Safe Harbor Recovery Center: 24/7 Crisis Line: 360-301-3455
Specializes in treatment of alcoholism, opioid use and substance abuse. Safe Harbor is providing all services by phone or on-line. Currently accepting new clients on a limited basis and providing crisis services. If you need to talk during office hours call 360-385-3866.

Jefferson Healthcare Behavioral Health is currently accepting new patients. If you have a primary care physician at Jefferson Healthcare you can request these services. Call 360-385-4848.

The Benji Project is hosting free one-hour drop-in sessions two times a week on-line for teens to share stress relief, connection and coping practices.

Washington Recovery Helpline: 24/7 crisis line 866-789-1511. Help for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health.