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Child and Family Strengthening


Too often, it’s the children who pay for the mistakes of adults. As a provider of Child Welfare Services, it is the County’s sacred responsibility to confront and address suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect. Supervisor Fletcher knows that kids who go through persistent “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) without proper interventions can face lifelong negative outcomes such as mental health trauma, chronic illness, low life potential, and even early death. That’s why he is leading the effort to change how the County can better protect  and meet the needs of children and families in our community. He is working alongside community partners and experts on the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board to identify policies and programs to build a more responsive system that ensures all children are protected, safe and thriving.

News: Child and Family Strengthening

Board Approves Chair Fletcher, Supervisor Lawson-Remer Proposal to Set Baseline for Wages, Sick Leave

07/13/21

In a move to create a more prosperous region for all, today the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and Chair Nathan Fletcher that will establish fair employment standards for people working on County construction projects or County-owned leased property. 

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future

06/29/21

San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year

06/29/21

The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment

06/29/21

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health

06/29/21

NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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County of San Diego Declares June 8 First 5 San Diego’s Talk, Read, Sing Day

06/08/21

First 5 San Diego, in partnership with San Diego County Library, kicks off a summer campaign to promote the importance of talking, reading and singing to children every day to encourage language and brain development.

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40 High Schoolers Win New Laptops as Part of MTS & Reyes Coca-Cola Essay Contest

05/25/21

“It’s been a very challenging year for these students. They all faced an unprecedented learning experience,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair, and Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I am very proud of them. It is encouraging to see that this up-and-coming generation has a lot of talent, resolve and perseverance.”

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Time to Reimagine SPA Consistent with State and Federal Law

05/18/21

Today the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to explore restructuring and reimagining services provided at the San Pasqual Academy location to foster and other youth in San Diego County consistent with state and federal law.

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Local leaders discuss pandemic hardships to essential workers

04/21/21

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher Wednesday promoted county and state proposals which they say will help essential workers and others disproportionately harmed by the pandemic.

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San Diego Leaders Announce $25 Million Childcare Grant Program

08/20/20

“The childcare sector is very important, as our economy cannot be sustainable if parents do not have safe places for their children to be cared for and educated while they are working,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, co-chair of the county’s COVID-19 subcommittee. “This new $25 million grant program will help childcare providers make their centers safe during the coronavirus pandemic and allow them to remain open so parents can return to work.”

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'The Learning Curve: Behind the Science' - Supervisor Fletcher discusses the data behind reopening schools

08/17/20

News 8's Shannon Handy sat down with County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to hear more about the team of researchers the county is working with, and the challenges they're facing.

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

08/03/20

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.

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To get our schools open and to get our economy moving, we must slow the spread

07/17/20

It’s clear, to get our schools to open and to get our economy moving, job number one for everyone is to slow the spread of the virus. All children deserve to receive a high quality education and COVID-19 presents very unique challenges to fulfilling the mission.

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NBC: Board Allocates CARES Act Funding toward Childcare

07/08/20

Supervisor Fletcher discusses the critical need for investment in childcare to provide a lifeline to working families and get our economy back up and running again.

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Supervisor Fletcher Secures Support to Direct CARES Act Money for Childcare and Schools

07/07/20

“For our economy to fully recover we need to support workers,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair, the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee. “Getting kids back into daycares and schools is critical to getting the economy back to normal. Funding child care and testing at schools are important ways to use these new funds.”

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San Diego Hunger Coalition, county and school district leaders, promote pandemic-EBT to address child hunger

06/11/20

“The reality is no child should go hungry,” said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “Many of the mechanisms we had in place in schools around free and reduced lunches helped to make sure that didn’t happen. This program helps us bridge the gap as we wait for schools to reopen and restart.”

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Rady Children’s partners with county on massive COVID testing initiative

05/27/20

Rady Children’s Hospital and the county public health department are working together on a clever collaboration that has the potential to paint the broadest picture yet of how deeply the novel coronavirus has penetrated local communities.

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Sup. Fletcher Joins YMCA and San Diego Foundation for Launch of Summer Camp Programs

05/11/20

CBS News 8 recaps a partnership between Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, YMCA of San Diego County and The San Diego Foundation is making more childcare opportunities available for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic with summer camps for youth from low-income families and camp scholarships.

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La YMCA abrirá campamentos de verano para aumentar las oportunidades de cuidado infantil

05/10/20

“Las desigualdades en nuestra sociedad no fueron creadas por el coronavirus, pero son exasperadas por el coronavirus”, dijo Fletcher. “A medida que avanzamos en la respuesta a través de esto ... que estamos conscientes y tener en cuenta esas desigualdades y hacer todo lo posible para garantizar una recuperación sin problemas para todos."

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Sup. Fletcher Announces Summer Childcare Opportunities

05/09/20

ABC 10 News covers a partnership between Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, YMCA of San Diego County and The San Diego Foundation is making more childcare opportunities available for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic with summer camps for youth from low-income families and camp scholarships.

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YMCA Youth Summer Camp Program Will Help Parents Go Back to Work

05/09/20

A YMCA summer camp program for youth from low-income families was announced Saturday by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

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YMCA to open summer camps to increase child care opportunities

05/09/20

“The inequities in our society were not created by coronavirus, but they are exasperated by coronavirus,” Fletcher said. “As we move through the response through this ... that we are mindful and keep in mind those inequities and do everything we can to ensure a smooth recovery for all.”

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Sup. Fletcher, YMCA and The San Diego Foundation Partner to Open and Fund Summer Camps for Youth

05/09/20

“As we gradually open up our economy, single parent households and working families are going to need more support with watching their kids while they are at work -- this new partnership is one way we’re doing it.”

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YMCA of San Diego County and the San Diego Foundation bring summer camp to low-income families

05/09/20

A YMCA summer camp program for youth from low-income families was announced Saturday by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. The program will provide childcare for parents who are going back to work during the coronavirus pandemic as more businesses reopen.

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Supervisor Fletcher Joins Mayor Faulconer to Provide Childcare Vouchers to Essential Workers

05/08/20

At the direction of Mayor Kevin Faulconer on May 8, the City has committed $5 million in CARES Act funding to provide emergency child care vouchers to emergency workers in San Diego, matching the County’s $5 million commitment.

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Sup. Fletcher and Mayor Faulconer Expand Childcare Support for Essential Workers

05/08/20

“Life is a struggle for many families under normal circumstances and, during a pandemic, financial and childcare struggles are magnified. The $10 million in combined childcare vouchers we’re making available for essential workers and vulnerable working families will ease some anxiety during this difficult time,” said Fletcher, the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee Co-Chair Nathan Fletcher.

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County approves framework for opening businesses, OKs childcare vouchers for essential workers

05/05/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who co-chairs the county’s COVID-19 subcommittee alongside Cox, said the reopening framework is intended to give general guidance and direction to businesses, but is also designed in a way that allows the region to adapt as things change.

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Making Childcare Available for Back-To-Work San Diegans

05/05/20

As we begin to open our economy back up, and some San Diegans are returning to work, there is now an unprecedented need for childcare across our region as schools' doors remain shut for the rest of the school year. On May 5, we passed a measure to bring emergency childcare vouchers for essential workers countywide, and it it critical that we expand these efforts to cover all workers as we open up

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Supervisor Fletcher & Board Provide $5M for Childcare Vouchers, Contingent on City of San Diego Contribution

05/05/20

"We are relieving a burden on essential workers by providing access to childcare vouchers. This step will help not only alleviate a financial burden but will increase access to childcare and allow them to focus on performing their essential services."

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Supervisors Fletcher, Jacob Announce Details of Vaping Ordinances

01/09/20

County of San Diego Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today announced details of new ordinances the board is set to consider Tues., Jan. 14, to crack down on the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes.

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San Diego County adopts new approach for handling Child Welfare Services Hotline calls

12/10/19

"County Supervisors hope to reduce the number of cases that slip through the cracks."

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County Supervisors Expand Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board

11/19/19

County Supervisors today expanded the new Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board to better serve children and families in the foster care system.

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County’s Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board is looking for Applicants

09/10/19

The County of San Diego’s Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board is expanding its board member seats by four and is now accepting applications.

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Expansion of Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board Approved by Supervisors

07/23/19

Board Action Will Add 4 More People to Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board

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Supervisors Fletcher & Cox Kick Off Inaugural Meeting of Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board

06/18/19

The Child Welfare System in San Diego County is receiving much needed attention from two Supervisors and the 19 people appointed to lead the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board.

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Statement: Response to amended complaint filed 2/28/19

03/01/19

Supervisor Fletcher is unable to comment on the amended complaint as it represents ongoing litigation and is directing all questions about the complaint to the county’s legal counsel.

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