Community Resources

San Marcos Unified School District
Community Resources: SEMS Edition

Disclaimer: San Marcos Unified School District assumes no responsibility for the payment, services rendered, or admission into any service listed below. This is not an exhaustive resource list.

General Info and Resources

San Marcos Unified School District - Family Q&A and Resources

San Diego County Office of Education, Includes news updates, resources, and links to helpful websites including the CDC. SDCOE COVID-19 Resources

211 - All purpose resource information line. Explore website or Call 211 to connect to a resource specialist about needs. North County Resource Guide created by 211

Community Resource Center - Located in Encinitas. Phone: 760.753.1156. Provides Domestic Violence Services (hotline: 877.633.1112), Integrative Services for those experiencing homelessness, Counseling Services, and Food & Nutrition Services

North County Regional Solutions Covid19 Resource Guide - Great General Resource guide, updated regularly.


San Marcos Unified School District -
“Grab & Go” style meals are available to SMUSD students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch. For more information on distribution sites, times, and an electronic application, see SMUSD CNS website.

Food Resources 2020 (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido)

Rock Church, Food & Diaper Distribution - Day of Distribution is on the first and third Thursday of the month from 12pm until supplies last.

Crossing Church Compassion Saturdays - Food Distribution fourth Saturday of every month

Provision SD Backpack Program
Lisa M. Skinner 760.580.7562, Spanish Speaking Families: Gema Cosio at 760-443-5801 or [email protected]

Food Resources - List of sites by 211 San Diego

Food Distributions - countywide map by Feeding San Diego

Neighborhood Distribution Program by San Diego Food Bank

Calfresh Application - apply for monthly food subsidy in the form of an EBT debit card that can be used to purchase food.

Pandemic EBT
If you received a Pandemic EBT card and have questions or need assistance, please visit their website for information. Applications closed on July 15.

Health and Wellness

Physical Health:

North County Health Services (Medi-cal or Uninsured, Sliding scale low income) 

  • To schedule an appointment, call or text 760.736.6767
  • Call-In Clinic: quick access to call in and speak to a provider about your urgent healthcare needs during normal business hours. Call 760.736.6767 to speak to a provider.

Vista Community Health Clinic - (Medi-cal or Uninsured, Sliding scale low income) 844.308.5003 (Multiple locations, same number)

Neighborhood Health Care - (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income) 760.690.5907 (Escondido)

Rady’s Children’s Hospital - (Medi-cal) 858.576.1700 (Multiple locations)


CDC tips for managing stress

SDCOE Resources for Staying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy

How to Balance Children’s Screen Time During the Pandemic 

Helpful Apps: 

Mental Health
For counseling referrals, contact your insurance provider for a list of covered mental health providers, ask your primary care health provider, or call The Access and Crisis Line 888.724.7240, available 24/7.

New Alternatives (Medi-cal or Uninsured)

Rady’s Children Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics (Medi-cal Only) 
760.294.9270 (Escondido), 858.966.8268 (San Diego)

Palomar Family Counseling (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income) 
760.741.2660 (Escondido), 760.630.3505 (Vista)

Psychiatric Centers of San Diego
619.528.4600 (Various San Diego locations)

North County Lifeline - (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income)
760.757.0118 (Vista)

Mental Health Systems - (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income)
760.747.0205 (Escondido)

PsyCare - (Therapy and Psychiatry)
858.279.1223 (San Marcos)

***Mental Health Emergency Evaluation Centers: If you feel you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, contact 911. Access and Crisis Line 888.724.7240, available 24/7.

For Children and Adolescents:

Helpful App -
National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Diego County Chapter resource app, oscER San Diego

Domestic Violence HOTLINE - 1.800.799.7233 (TTY 1.800.787.3224)

Employment and Income Assistance

CA Employment Development Department, Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs Disability and Paid Family Leave Benefits 

Unemployment Benefits - Information and links to file for benefits in the event of job loss

Rebate Information-English  Rebate Information-Spanish


San Diego Immigrant Relief Fund (Fondo de ayuda para inmigrantes) (English)

United Way: San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative
Have you been impacted by job loss or wage reduction? Are you in need of support with paying your rent/mortgage or utility bills? This might be a great resource for you.

Interfaith Community Services: Serving the unemployed, Youth, Veterans, Seniors, Homeless, Low-Income, and Families.

Child Care

YMCA Child Care Referrals – 1.800.481.2151

San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List – 1.800.521.0560 (Help for low income families with paying for childcare; may have wait list)

San Diego Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations Eligible to Enroll in Emergency Subsidized Child Care Services

San Diego for Every Child - Financial Assistance for child care services is available for children 0-12 years old and children 13-21 years old who are currently on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and parent confirms child care services are needed.


Community Law Project (Virtual Clinics) | Community Law Project (Clínicas Virtuales - Español)

  • The Community Law Project (CLP) provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in each of its four clinics spread throughout San Diego County. For an intake, please call 619.780.7498.
  • El Community Law Project (CLP) proporciona información legal gratuita en una variedad de áreas de práctica para comunidades de bajos ingresos e indigentes en cada una de sus cuatro clínicas ubicadas por todo el condado de San Diego. Para una consulta, llame al 619.780.7498.

Legal Aid of San Diego for low-income families – 1.877.534.2524

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, COVID-19, effects on public charge rule

San Diego Rapid Response Network - 619.536.0823 - assists with immigration emergency needs (raid, arrest, checkpoint, and/or harassment); ayuda con las necesidades de emergencia de inmigración (redada, arresto, puesto de control y / o acoso)

Housing and Shelter

2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Rental Assistance and Affordable Housing Directory 2020

Emergency Shelter Contact List

San Diego Foundation - Rent Assistance during COVID-19 health crisis 

Interfaith Community Services: Housing


San Marcos Unified School District families and students are encouraged to access our Distance Learning Tech Support and Tutorials tab located on our website for resources and information. 
Español - Tutoriales y Soporte Técnico de Aprendizaje a Distancia)

Internet, possibly free or reduced cost:

More information

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Family Resource
Para obtener información en español, haga clic en la segunda pestaña debajo de “Related COVID-19 Resources

How to talk to a child about the Coronavirus, KidsHealth

Coronavirus (COVID-19): ¿Cómo hablar con su hijo sobre este virus? (para Padres) - Nemours KidsHealth

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus, Child Mind Institute 

Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus

Explaining Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety

COVID-19 and managing mental health, JED Foundation

A social story on how to talk to kids about Coronavirus


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