Parent Support & Resources

4 Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

  1. Children can get very sick from COVID. The vaccine is the best prevention.
  2. Children who get COVID can get other illnesses later. They may have a higher risk of getting chronic diseases like diabetes in the future.
  3. Vaccinated children can participate in more events and activities. The COVID vaccine is expected to be added to the list of vaccines required for school.
  4. The vaccine is safe and effective. Studies show it protects children from severe illness.

Where can I vaccinate my child when they are eligible?

Check with your child’s regular doctor. Your child’s doctor can vaccinate them for COVID and keep them up to date on other vaccinations.

Search for appointments at or call (408) 970-2000. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Call 7-1-1 for Hearing and Speech Relay Service.

Health & Nutrition, Parent Support & Resources

Get Ready: Ask Your Child’s Doctor

Ask Your Child’s Doctor if They Will Offer the COVID Vaccine for Children Ages 6 Months to 4 Years

Ask your child’s regular doctor TODAY if they will offer COVID vaccine, when available.

Regular visits to the doctor help keep your child healthy and identify any health issues early on.
Your child’s doctor can vaccinate them for COVID and make sure they are up to date on other vaccinations.

If your child does not have a regular doctor, call (866) 967-4677 for assistance enrolling in government programs or health coverage, or visit:

770 South Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for more information.
Call 711 for Hearing and Speech Relay Service.

Health & Nutrition

Meals for Kids

Free Summer Meals For All Kids 18 and Under!

All kids in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County can eat healthy meals during the summer of 2022! There is no documentation or registration required.

Enter your address, city, or zip code to find a summer meal provider near you.

Parent Support & Resources

WIC Added Formula Choices

As national infant formula shortage continues, California further expands list or brands eligible for purchase with WIC benefits

California WIC participants can now choose from more than 130 different formula brands

SACRAMENTO – As the nation continues to deal with supply shortages of infant formula, the California Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is continuing to help WIC families by greatly expanding the list of formula brands eligible for purchase with WIC benefits. Before current supply issues, WIC families could choose to purchase five eligible brands, many of which were becoming increasingly difficult to find. California WIC participants can now choose from more than 130 different formula brands. The state plans to continue to expand the list of eligible formula brands. WIC serves pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children with a gross income of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

“We’re taking immediate action to support California families, making sure WIC beneficiaries have access to more formulas – expanding the eligibility from 5 formulas to more than 130,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “We’ll continue working closely with public and private partners to support low-income and all families throughout the state.”

WIC families can find the latest updates at or the California WIC App and should contact their local WIC office with questions on how these options work for infants. General information on the infant formula shortage is available on the CDPH Infant Formula web page and additional resources for all families are regularly added.

In California, 50% percent of all infants rely on the WIC nutrition program, and of these, about 80% use formula in whole or in part to meet their nutritional needs. Babies usually tolerate alternative formulas except in the case of special therapeutic formula.

The state’s action temporarily expands the existing WIC authorized product list to include additional infant formula options. These newer options will be removed once infant formulas are widely available again.

Tips for finding infant formula

  • Shop at different times of the day. Stores get shipments at different times of the day, so the shelves may be empty in the morning and stocked in the evening.
  • Non-WIC parents and caregivers who face a shortage should call their health care providers first to help them navigate infant formula options when supplies are scarce.
  • Call your local food bank as donations of formula are welcomed there.
  • Call 2-1-1 to see what local resources they provide or visit
  • Consider using human milk from one of the following certified human milk banks: or
  • Parents and caregivers are advised to NOT dilute formula or use homemade recipes for substitution as this can seriously harm a baby’s health. Call your healthcare provider for additional guidance as to a safe substitution if no formula from safe sources can be found near you.

Visit the CDPH Infant Formula web page for more information.