Resources for Parenting During COVID-19

The City of Irvine has put together a list of resources for parents balancing working from home themselves while also supporting their young children and assisting older children in distance learning. Please click the links below for more information.

Follow-up: FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recent urgent warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. The FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

The FDA updated the original list of more than 24 hand sanitizer products to avoid, now listing 75 such products to avoid on the FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers web page at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol; those products can be viewed either by clicking on the “Methanol Contaminated Products List” button at the top of the webpage or by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and then by clicking on any or all eight pages listing the 75 hand sanitizer products.

As with the original list of hand sanitizer products to avoid, all 75 products are potentially toxic when absorbed through the skin.  Please see the FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol and the current list of hand sanitizer products to avoid at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol for more detailed information.

Parenting Resources 

Additional City Resources

  • Finding Child Care: Permitted workers in need of child care can view all open programs in Irvine via an interactive map and lists of family child care and center based programs. In addition, a searchable database of currently open child care centers and family child care homes serving children aged birth–12 compiled by Early Childhood OC can also be accessed. This database is updated every Friday.
  • Virtual Community Center: Irvine's hub for educational resources on keeping your young ones entertained while continuing your child's schooling at home.
  • Child Care Provider Resources: To support child care providers affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the City of Irvine has gathered resource links for organizations outside the City.

For more information, visit cityofirvine.org/covid19 or call Irvine Child Care Coordination Office directly at 949-724-6632.