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Sup. Fletcher Delivers $25M in County Resources to Support 4,400 Childcare Operators Countywide

08/03/20

The San Diego Foundation Agrees to Provide Additional $10M for Childcare over 5 Years  

  

As many as 4,400 childcare providers in San Diego County will benefit from Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s proposal for the County to use $25 million in Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support their operations; today the Board of Supervisors signed-off on the allocation. Supervisor Fletcher originally proposed  this during the July 7 Board meeting.
   

“Safe childcare settings are a vital component of allowing our children to thrive and parents to return to work. This investment provides the financial flexibility childcare providers -- especially nonprofit and smaller independent ones -- need to adjust their procedures to align with COVID-19 safe reopening protections and accept more children into their programs,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “Our action today is critical to getting our economy back to normal because it increases the accessibility of childcare options for working families.” 

The childcare funding will be administered through a partnership with YMCA Childcare Resource Services, Child Development Associations and The San Diego Foundation. Additionally, the San Diego Foundation will leverage an additional $10 million in private donations for the support of childcare providers. The first $1 million of the additional $10 million  will be available by the end of  this calendar year, and the rest over a five year period.  


Details about administering the funds will be announced in the near future, but Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee, says getting kids back into daycares and schools is critical to getting the economy back to normal.


Using CARES Act funding to support childcare is not new for Supervisor Fletcher. Earlier this year he secured $10 million for Frontline Worker Childcare Vouchers during the pandemic. The County gave $5 million of its CARES Acts funding and the City of San Diego agreed to match with another $5 million. He also secured $1 million from The San Diego Foundation to support YMCA Summer Camp operations and scholarships so children from low-income homes can have a place to go as parents get back to work.