Family Resources Guide

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This guide is not intended to be all-inclusive, but is a place to start in meeting your family needs. Fair Oaks Community Center at 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, is one of eight core service agencies in San Mateo County, providing referrals to all public and private human service agencies. Call 780-7500.

SMC Connect can help you locate community services anywhere in San Mateo County.

24-Hour Emergency Lines

Police, Fire or Medical Emergency:
Dial 9-1-1
Alcohol and Drug Helpline 888-220-7575
California Poison Control System 800 222-1222
California Youth Crisis Line 800-843-5200

Child and Adolescent Hotline and Prevention Program
(support for behavioral and developmental concerns)
Call or text, or email

Child Protective Services (CPS), San Mateo County
(to report suspected child abuse, abandonment or exploitation)



Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
(Engl/Spanish hotline for victims of domestic violence)



Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 579-0350
Parent Helpline (StarVista)


Psychiatric Emergency Services 573-2662
Rape Trauma Services 692-7273
Shelter Bed Hotline 800-774-3583
Your House South (hotline for youth ages 10-17) 367-9687


Child Care and Preschools

Child Care Coordinating Council(4Cs) (referrals to programs and financial assistance information). Bilingual services provided. 517-1400
Redwood City Child Care Coordinator (community child care planning and coordination) 780-7336
Redwood City School District—Child Development Centers (part-day and full-day early education and care programs) 366-6819
Trustline (background check for in-home child care) 800-822- 8490


Counseling and Mental Health

Children's Health Council (diagnosis/treatment of various children's developmental problems) 326-5530
Children's Place (support for children with drug/alcohol addicted family member)


ext. 116

Peninsula Family Service (counseling and support groups) 403-4300
Parents Place/JFCS--parent coaching, workshops, support groups, counseling (San Mateo/Palo Alto) 931-1830/
StarVista (formerly YFES), 610 Elm St.,# 212, San Carlos 591-9623, ext. 128



Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. 306-3100
Preschool Programs - 4Cs Referrals (List of programs) 517-1400
Redwood City School District, 750 Bradford St. 423-2200
Belmont-Redwood Shores School District 637-4800
Sequoia Union High School District, 480 James Ave. 369-1411
Sequoia Union High School District -- Adult School 306-8866


Health Care and Information

San Mateo Medical Center -- Services in Redwood City
  • Get Covered- Health Insurance

 WIC Program - (Women, Infants and Children)


Children's Health Coverage, SMC
(affordable health insurance, up to 19 years)

Samaritan House Free Clinic, 114 - 5th Ave. 839-1447
First Aid/CPR Training, call Red Cross or a local hospital (Sequoia Hospital 367-5998 or Kaiser Hospital 299-2000) 888-443-5722
Kaiser Hospital 299-2000
TDD: 299-2207
Planned Parenthood 877-855-7526
San Mateo County Medical Center
(numerous specialty clinics, in San Mateo)
TDD: 573-3882
Sequoia Hospital 369-5811
TDD: 367-5648


Downtown Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd.
(homework assistance centers at all branches, Teen Homework Center at Main branch)
Fair Oaks Branch, 2500 Middlefield Rd. 780-7261
Project READ Programs
(adult and family literacy, tutoring)
Redwood Shores Branch, 399 Marine Pkwy. 780-5740
Schaberg Branch, 2140 Euclid Ave. 780-7010

Mentoring Programs for Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

Friends for Youth, 1741 Broadway 482-2864



Mervin Morris (Hoover) Boys and Girls Club, 1109 Hilton St.
(youth groups/facilities)

Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, 1120 Roosevelt Ave. (classes/facilities, all ages) 780-7250
Redwood City Police Athletic League (PAL), 3399 Bay Rd. 556-1650
Sequoia YMCA, 1445 Hudson St. (classes/facilities, all ages) 368-4168




Rideshare for Bay Area Commuters (Carpool/vanpool assistance) 511
SamTrans (bus route and services information;
for Redi-Wheels for disabled: 508-6241)
TDD: 508-6448


Financial Assistance

San Mateo County Human Services Agency, 2500 Middlefield Rd. (for CalWORKS/TANF, General Assistance, Food Stamps or Medi-Cal)



Other Parent/Child Services

Associated Learning & Language Specialists
(speech/lang., occupational therapy, infant-toddler, etc.)
Community Gatepath
(early childhood development services birth-3)
Parents Helping Parents (special needs resources) 408-727-5775
Parents Place/JFCS--parenting classes, playgroups 931-1840
Redwood City Mother’s Club (babysitting co-op, Mom’s Night Out, playgroups, family activities, etc.) 654-5244
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (neighbor issues mediation, meeting facilitation, neighborhood organizing) 513-0330


Emergency Food and Clothing

Catholic Worker House, 545 Cassia St. (groceries Fridays 11:30 a.m.)

Fair Oaks Community Center, Information and Referral Program 780-7500
St. Anthony's Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Rd. (hot lunch 11-1) 365-9664
Salvation Army, 660 Veterans Blvd.(groceries) 368-4643
St. Francis Center, 151 Buckingham (groceries, clothing) 365-7829
Second Harvest Food Bank, Food Connection 1-800-984-3663


Housing Assistance

Daybreak Shelter, 639 Douglas (transitional housing for homeless teens) 364-4633
Fair Oaks Community Center, Information and Referral (emergency housing) 780-7500
Homesharing Program (shared housing help) 780-7511
Salvation Army (emergency housing) 368-4643
Your House South, 394 Sequoia Ave. (emergency housing for teens) 367-9687