First 5 Riverside is concerned about your health and safety during this time of increased public health concern surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus. Information available through the Riverside County Department of Public Health provides both timely and local information and is accessible through the First 5 Riverside and Quality Start Riverside County websites.

First 5 Riverside efforts are focused on minimizing the spread of this disease, remaining vigilantly informed in order to provide you with the latest recommendations impacting families and children, and communicating the important steps we are implementing as an organization. We are doing our best to adjust our protocols and approach in the context of this rapidly changing situation.

County staff are following travel and meeting directives and practicing social distancing. Quality Start Riverside County Coaches and all First 5 Riverside staff will be communicating using audio/visual technology to support Riverside County’s effort to “flatten the curve.”

Contractual Impacts

First 5 Riverside acknowledges that responding and adhering to public health guidance may impact your contracted scope of work and deliverables that you have with First 5 Riverside. It may require you to re-prioritize tasks, adapt how you fulfill the current contracted scope of work, and/or conduct strategy meetings with your partners to address the current situation and plan for the next few months. We support you in these efforts and are working to develop interim processes and protocols to timely respond to your questions and requests. Please reach out directly to your program officer/project manager should you have questions and suggestions, as we are working to address emerging contingencies. We welcome your input and feedback and to uplift any new situations you may encounter.

We are in this together! Wash your hands frequently – Stay home when you are sick -Cover your coughs and sneezes – Avoid public gatherings

Best, Tammi Graham, Executive Director, First 5 Riverside


Playworks will also be broadcasting #PlayAtHome Recess live on Facebook at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. (PST) Monday through Friday. Tune in for stretching and warm-ups, interactive games, cheers, and cooldown activities.

Want to see what it is like? Check out Morning Stretch and Up Down Stop Go!

Beginning on Friday, March 20, Raincross Hospitality Corporation (RHC), which manages and operates the Riverside Convention Center, will partner with Sysco Riverside to provide drive-up grocery service to Riverside residents, convention center clients and their employees, and others in need of essential food and other supplies.

How to Order • Review Package Items List by going to • Phone: 951-346-4700 to place an order and pay – English, Spanish ordering available • Credit card payments only • Bring purchase confirmation to the Riverside Convention Center pick-up station • Call Center hours for ordering are 9am to 3pm, Monday thru Saturday. After hours, leave a message with name and contact information.

Picking up Orders • Orders will be available for pick-up between the hours of 7am – 11am and 3pm - 7pm, Monday thru Saturday at the Riverside Convention Center pick-up station, located on Orange Street between Third and Fifth Streets in downtown Riverside, the following day based on the assigned time you will be given with your confirmation number at time of purchase. ID and credit card used for purchase must be presented at pick up.

Full release for more information 

If you suspect a business or person of price-gouging in Riverside County during this health emergency, you can call the Riverside DA’s Price Gouging Hotline at (951) 955-0764. Reports can also be made in Spanish at that number. There is also a general complaint form on the State DA’s office:

Price gouging occurs when a person or business raises the prices of essential goods or services more than 10 percent during a declared state of emergency.

Essential goods and services include but are not limited to food and water (including for pets), flashlights, medicine, sanitary products, toiletries, diapers, medical or emergency supplies, and lodging.

Local residents within 50 miles of the City of Riverside interested in being tested at The Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore can make an appointment online at Those without internet or those interested in community testing in Coachella Valley, call 800.945.6171.

Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the Coachella Valley and countywide testing availability

A handful of DPSS offices in the county will remain open with skeleton staffing for restricted access to individuals without a phone who are homeless or those who require the immediate need for expedited services. With large populations of children and adults remaining at home and out of sight, DPSS officials are urging family members and neighbors to be vigilant and report suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable individuals by calling Riverside County’s 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-442-4918 and the 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline at 800-491-7123.

Additional information

In an effort to decrease the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RivCoParks) is closing recreation facilities, nature centers, historic sites, Parks Headquarters, open-space areas and regional parks to the public.

Additional information

No Kid Hungry is offering real time funding and assistance for schools and community organizations that are finding new, innovative ways to make sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus.

Emergency Grant Form

Private preschools are not yet required to close at this time, however that could change with a future order as the situation surrounding coronavirus continues. Please see this letter from Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Public Health Officer, Riverside County, for more information on this issue. Please refer to the Early Care and Education FAQ for additional answers to questions you may have.

If you are in need of a listing of licensed childcare programs in your area please reach out to Early Care and Education, Resource & Referral at (800) 442-4927 or use the online Child Care Finder to through this link.

If you are in need of financial assistance in covering the cost of child care services, the Early Care and Education Eligibility List application can be requested by contacting Resource & Referral at (800) 442-4927 or through the online application found here. 

On March 8, 2020, the County Public Health Officer declared a local public health emergency for the County.

First 5 Riverside is following State and local guidance on travel and gatherings as defined by the California Department of Public Health. These guidelines intend to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.   

Whenever possible, meetings will be held utilizing video/audio conferencing or postponed until the risk to the public and our employees subsides.

There has been a lot of news about the outbreak of the coronavirus that can be confusing and overwhelming for parents and frightening to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents and others who work closely with children to filter information and talk about it in a way children can understand.

Please read the message from our county’s public health agency and refer to the important links below for information and guidance for parents and providers of young children.

Message from the Riverside University Health System – Public Health

One of the most important ways we have to combat the spread of illness like coronavirus is through education and information from reliable sources. It’s vital that we provide science-based details about how the illness is spread, as well as updates on what health officials are doing to protect the health of residents of Riverside County.

The website was created to provide you with information about our preparedness activities and the latest news and updates about coronavirus and related issues from reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We understand there is anxiety during uncertain times, but RUHS – PH wants you to know we are working to protect the community’s health.


Kim Saruwatari
Public Health Director

Dr. Cameron Kaiser
Public Health Officer and
Riverside  County Children and Families Commission