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San Diego County votes to accept funding for child care centers



The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to accept $1 million in federal funds for child care providers.

Supervisors approved the money, obtained by Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-San Diego, as part of their consent agenda.

Child care providers who qualify may use funds to help pay for capital improvements and infrastructure, according to the county.

Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said in a statement that working families "need greater access to affordable child care options, and we're working with our federal partners to increase capacity within county government, and across the region."

The money "will lead to more affordable child care availability for parents looking for more options," Fletcher said, thanking Jacobs for her leadership on the issue.

According to Fletcher's office, the vote came one day after at least 200 day-care centers in 27 states closed as part of the National Day Without Child Care, which involved child care workers going on strike. Organizers of Monday's event called for better wages, racial justice in their profession and affordable child care.

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