Supervisors Unanimously Pass Financial Aid Proposal for Child Care Providers

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Article by Elizabeth Ireland  |  Read full article at Times of San Diego

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed a financial aid proposal for child care providers, including help with start-up costs.

As proposed by Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas, the county will spend $1.25 million on infrastructure and $750,000 to create a database tracking child care facilities which open or close, and offer “peer-based mentorship” for providers.

Board Vice Chair Lawson-Remer said those operating child care businesses in the county continue to struggle, which she has observed as a working mother.

“If people can’t come to work, our entire economy suffers, along with families,” Lawson-Remer said.

Last September, the board voted to advance the county’s Childcare Blueprint, which emphasizes expanding child care centers, staffing and training, along with a pilot program to help county workers who are experiencing a child care emergency.

According to a statement from Lawson-Remer and Vargas, the Child Care Blueprint “is a guiding vision to ensure that child care needs of our local families and children are met.”

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