This year our annual Back to School event in Calistoga looked much different than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 12, we held a drive-through event marking the start of the school year, reaching 420 students with care packages, a bilingual resource guide, and a hot pizza! All incoming kindergartners received Class of 2033 Wildcats backpacks filled with school supplies. While school doesn't look the same this fall, our community is coming together to support our students and families. We are grateful to our generous sponsors for lifting up students through their support of a socially distanced event this year: Rivers-Marie Wines, Westamerica Bank, Damian Maldonado Memorial Foundation, The Doctors Company, First 5 Napa, Grace Episcopal Church, Jones Family Vineyards (Elaine and Rick Jones), and Castello di Amorosa.
Pre-COVID gathering of tutors and students at St. Helena Elementary School
School is back in session and upvalley students are attending classes through distance learning. This is a big adjustment for many - students, teachers, and parents alike. As a result, UpValley Family Centers is pivoting our volunteer tutoring program to offer remote support for students in grades K-5 and their families. We are looking for more volunteer tutors - specifically people who have familiarity with technology platforms like Zoom or Google Classroom and can commit at least 1 hour a week for the fall semester. Bilingualism in English and Spanish is a plus! All volunteers will be provided with an orientation training and will be required to go through a background check. If you are interested in this opportunity, click the button below or call our office at (707) 965-5010.
Parenting during these times can be extremely challenging. Given recent events, it is difficult to create a predictable environment for children. UpValley Family Centers is pleased to offer the internationally recognized Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) - which gives parents strategies to create routines, tips for open and honest conversations with children, and other useful tools to ease some of the stress at home, while also taking care of yourself.
UpValley Family Centers is here to support you as a parent. The program is offered in English or Spanish and is designed for families with children ages 0-12, as well as for parents of teens. During COVID-19, we are offering individualized Triple P consultations to parents over the phone or via Zoom at no charge. To schedule a consultation, please call Lupe at 707-965-5010 ext 403 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. These services are made possible thanks to a grant from Napa County Master Settlement Agreement funds.
Do you need a COVID-19 test? St. Helena Hospital Foundation's mobile health clinic will be offering free, walk-up tests on Friday, September 11 from 9am-12pm, at the Calistoga Community Center parking lot, 1307 Washington Street in Calistoga.
Individuals must make an appointment in advance, by calling UpValley Family Centers at (707) 965-5010.Children ages 12 and under cannot be tested at this location. Click here for a bilingual flyer.
LNU Lightning Fire Complex
We are grateful to our first responders for working tirelessly to keep our communities safe over the past weeks. Our staff, along with many other local nonprofits, stepped up to provide assistance to evacuees and fire survivors at the Crosswalk Shelter and via our offices. We know it will be a long road to recovery for those affected, and our hearts go out to you. To obtain a range of services and recovery information, including federal and state resources, visit Napa County's Local Assistance Center. To schedule an appointment with one of our case managers for immediate unmet needs, please call (707) 965-5010.
The fires across California remind us how important it is to be prepared and have a plan for when a disaster strikes. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has helpful information on how to make a plan for your family - in Englishand Spanish. Learn more today.
One way we can all strengthen our children's future is by participating in the US Census. If your household has not responded, it's not too late! You have until the end of September to respond, and it's easy. Call (844) 330-2020 or respond online by clicking the button below.