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Supervisors unanimously accept $1M in federal funds for child care centers

05/10/22

 

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to unanimously accept $1 million in federal funds obtained by Rep. Sara Jacobs through the Small Business Administration’s annual funding bill.

County officials say child care providers who qualify may use funds to help pay for capital improvements and infrastructure. 

According to Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, the money “will lead to more affordable child care availability for parents looking for more options. The vote came one day after at least 200 day-care centers in 27 states closed as a part of the National Day Without Child Care, involving workers going on a strike, Fletcher’s office acknowledged in a statement. 

According to the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, there are 117,000 fewer child care jobs were available in the U.S. than in February 2020. The report found that the median wage for child care workers is just $13.22 an hour. 

Organizers of the strike called for better wages, racial justice, and affordable child care. Fulltime child care for an infant and toddlers can cost an average of $16,000 to $20,000 per year, according to information on the board agenda. 

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