The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) and West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) continue to provide a Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund to support vulnerable WCCUSD students and families. When the countywide shelter-in-place went into effect back in March, we raised nearly $400,000 to provide cash grants to help families stay housed, purchase food and other essential supplies, and provide their children with Wi-Fi access to engage in remote learning.
The Ed Fund, in partnership with the Office of Community and Family Engagement, developed a process to get direct financial disbursements out to families. In Phase One, the community school directors connected with families in transition, and parents of foster, English Language Learners, African American, and probation youth. At that time we were merely responding to the crisis before us, now we find ourselves moving towards recovery.