COUNTY ACCEPTS $1M FEDERAL APPROPRIATION TO EXPAND CHILD CARE CAPACITY IN SAN DIEGO, ONE DAY AFTER 400 DAY CARE CENTERS IN 27 STATES CLOSED FOR NATIONAL PROTEST
A day after hundreds of daycare centers in 27 states closed due to a National Day Without Child Care, Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized accepting $1,000,000 in federal appropriations, secured by U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs, to create a childcare expansion fund to help small child care entities, both center-based and home-based, make acquisitions and capital improvements to expand the number of San Diego families they can serve.
Chair Fletcher, during his State of the County Address (click for video here), highlighted the importance of investing more in childcare options for families. After today’s vote, he released the following statement:
“Working families need greater access to affordable childcare options, and we’re working with our federal partners to increase capacity within county government, and across the region. These funds will lead to more affordable childcare availability for parents looking for more options,” said Chair Fletcher. “I want to thank Congresswoman Sara Jacobs for her leadership on child care and bringing those dollars home to expand child care capacity in San Diego County.”
Representative Jacobs, who was able to secure this funding through the Small Business Administration's annual funding bill, had this to say after the County Supervisors’ vote:
“San Diego’s child care system was in crisis before the pandemic, and we know it’s only gotten worse — putting undue burden on parents, kids, and our small business care providers. We have to think creatively and use every lever of government to alleviate this crisis. I was proud to be able to secure this much-needed funding on behalf of San Diego families to create this child care expansion fund.”
Read the entire Board Letter here.