Child Care Workforce Crisis
CARES and ARPA Funding Advocacy
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego school districts suspended in-person classes and moved to distance learning. In addition, the statewide stay-at-home order limited recreation and travel to essential work. These decisions had a devastating impact on the child care sector, as families stayed home and child care providers had to take on increased sanitization, distancing, and hygiene protocols. Despite the challenges, San Diego child care providers remained open to provide essential care for families. To keep their businesses open, providers needed personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and immediate financial support. Paired with hub distributions of PPE, cleaning supplies, and diapers totaling over $950,000, the Collective used clear and strategic advocacy to help secure over $51 million in child care relief funds and wrap-around services since March 16.
San Diego County Child Care Blueprint
Universal Pre-Kindergarten / Transitional Kindergarten
California has taken a historic step in investing in Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK). Based on the analysis of the UTK policy and extensive feedback from parents and providers, we know that its current implementation undermines a healthy mixed-delivery system. The following outlines the efforts of the Children First Collective to help ensure that UTK implementation works for San Diego’s children, working families, school districts, and its overall mixed-delivery system:
Letter to Districts & Principals
An Inclusive Framework – Designing & Implementing UPK
Watch the San Diego County Board of Supervisor’s Conference on Child Care below.
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