Update April 3, 2020

Child Care Available for Healthcare Professionals and First Responders in  Santa Fe County

United Way’s Early Learning Center is now accepting applications for child care for healthcare professionals and first responders.

Care will be available beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, for children ages six-weeks to ten years old, from 7:30am until 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

To apply please go to and complete the application online, or call 505-303-3946 if you have any questions.

At United Way’s Early Learning Center careful precautions are in place to keep all staff, families, and children safe from unnecessary exposure:

  • Taking temperatures daily of children and staff
  • Hyper-sanitation of the facility, toys, and materials
  • Staff wearing scrubs while at school
  • Regular washing of hands and toys during the day
  • Limiting people in the building – sign in and out of children takes place outside
  • Limiting classrooms to no more than ten children

The State of New Mexico has expanded contracts for child care assistance to cover healthcare providers and first responders who need child care. Child care is recognized as an essential service to support the professionals needed to manage this crisis. Child care providers are exempt from the Governor’s stay at home’ order.

Good news: Most of the health center staff will be eligible for child care credits. Staff will need to apply thru following links:

Step 1 complete down load form below or call 1-833-551-0518 to be connected with the state child care resource and referral line.

Step 2 send the completed form to

  • Enabling family, friends, and neighbors (FFN) to deliver paid child care services: During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers who may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding; interested parties can call 1-833-551-0518. Temporary FFN providers will be required to complete a background check, as will all family members over the age of 18 living in their home. Temporary FFN providers will also be required to complete a three-hour online health and safety training and an online CPR training.
  • Expanding child care access for families:The state has a Child Care Resource and Referral line to help families find child care (1-800-691-9067; NewMexicoKids.Org). Families can also contact their CYFD eligibility specialist via phone or email to let them know they now need full-time care; our team across the state will amend the contracts. In addition, all parents receiving child care assistance will have their copays waived during the public health emergency.
  • Protecting CYFD assistance benefits for families: Families who choose to keep their children home during the emergency will not lose their CYFD benefits. If a child care center closes and families need services, they may transfer their child care benefits to an alternative CYFD-approved provider — and the state will continue paying subsidies to both.

SFPS Resources for Parents.

Helpful resource on the SFPS website that gives a comprehensive look at the curriculum per grade level with helpful links and resources.

COVID-19 Spanish resource

A reference for our Spanish speaking patients/community regarding COVID-19.  Please refer to

Santa Fe County specific resource information

Statewide resource Information for Individuals Experiencing Financial Hardship

PNM and City of Santa Fe

Please visit the web page below for options pertaining to your PNM account. PNM will not be disconnecting service for lack of payment and late fees will be waived.

The City of Santa Fe will also stop disconnection of utility services. Public announcement will be on the city website by the end of the week.

The Mayor is prohibiting the eviction of residential and commercial property tenants whose ability to pay has been adversely impacted by the public health emergency.

Bus fees have also been waived.

NM Gas

No disconnects will be done through April 6 and possibly beyond.  Please visit the website below for more information

Senior Services

If you are a senior or disabled adult and cannot access groceries, please call 1-800-432-2080. Leave a message with your name, telephone number, and the city/town you reside in. Senior Services will be in contact with you within 2 hours of your call if not sooner.

Senior Services transportation will continue to provide transport seniors to medical appointments ONLY.

If you know of someone who could benefit from delivered meals and is 60+ years of age, please call (505) 955-4721.

Santa Fe Public Schools

UPDATED SCHEDULE: On Tuesday and Wednesday only we will have free meals for children at Hope Unlimited Church, 6700 Cerrillos Rd, from noon to 5 p.m.

For the convenience of our families, we have a new schedule for the distribution of meals. Breakfast and lunch grab and go bags will now be distributed one time a day between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM for the next three weeks. These meals are completely free for any school-aged child and every child below age five at “drive-up” distribution points at the following locations: Aspen, Chaparral, Kearney, Ramirez Thomas, Sweeney, Capital and Santa Fe High. Please remain in your vehicle, and two meals will be brought to you per school-aged child and every child below five.

Food Pantries

Bienvenidos- 1511 Fifth Street

Food boxes

Monday: 11:30am – 1:15pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 
11:30am – 2:15pm
Friday – Sunday: 

First-time applicants for food boxes must be present at least 30 minutes before closing.

Food Depot box distribution

  • Thursdays, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., The Food Depot parking lot, 1222 A Siler Rd. (in collaboration with Feeding Santa Fe)
  • Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Capital High School, 4851 Paseo del Sol (in collaboration with Santa Fe Public Schools)
  • Wednesdays, The Food Depot Drive-Thru Distribution at the Ohkay Owingeh Casino Parking Lot in Española, 68 New Mexico 291. The distribution is first and third Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon

Food Depot also offers child and adult diapers as well as pet food. Please call them at 505-471-1633 and they will create a care package for you.

Free Internet Access for Low-Income Individuals/Families

Comcast has a program called Internet Essentials that enables households that do not already have their internet service and who qualify for public assistance programs (including free and reduced school lunch, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others) to purchase internet service for $9.95/month.  There is no contract, credit check, or installation fee.  Right now, to increase connectivity during COVID-19 closures, they are offering two months of free service to new customers who qualify for Internet Essentials. After the first two months, service can be canceled or continued at $9.95/month.

Change to Unemployment Rules to Make Workers Affected by COVID-19 Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Individuals whose hours are reduced, whose workplaces are temporarily closed, or who are laid off due to COVID-19 precautions can apply for unemployment benefits. Even if a person was not a full-time employee, they may be eligible for unemployment benefits if their hours were significantly reduced, while the state remains under a state of emergency.  If they are required to self-isolate or are caring for an immediate family member who is self-isolated, they will also be eligible. The work search requirements for affected workers (showing contacts or applications with at least two potential employers per week) will be waived for up to four weeks. They do still need to “certify” online each week by answering some questions about their work status. More information at

NM Center on Law and Poverty has some important information on Public Charge concern for immigrant families as they seek testing and treatment for Coronavirus. Additionally, they have resources and information on worker rights and unemployment if people get fired, furlough, or sent home for social isolation.

Worker’s Rights Video

A very clear and concise video with five pieces of information about worker’s rights during COVID-19 by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.

New Mexico Supreme Court Eviction ruling

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered a temporary moratorium on landlord evictions writs (orders) where tenants are unable to pay rent.  The Order will be in effect until further notice of the Supreme Court. More information can be found here


Brandy Van Pelt-Ramirez, LMSW, Director, Patient Support Services

La Familia Medical Center, 505-982-4425 extension 1359