The Challenge

San Mateo County has a child care shortage crisis affecting families’ economic opportunities, and children’s learning during critical development stages from birth to age 12.

Effect on Housing

Child care is valuable community infrastructure that interrelates with housing and transit. Child care sited near housing, jobs, and transit reduces car trips. Currently, families may drive an extra 45+ mins to get to quality care.

Effect on Employment

Available child care is a quality of life and workforce issue for residents and employers. The child care shortage causes working parents to choose between less-than-ideal arrangements or turning down employment opportunities.

Development Hurdles

Early learning programs looking to open new sites or expand face challenges such as lack of usable, affordable space and extreme development expenses and timelines. Many give up on their expansion dreams.

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Greystar Case Study

Greystar Case Study This Build Up SMC case study highlights the impacts of a child-centered vision supported by community investment and our path to get there. The future child care center at Greystar’s South Main Read more…

Child Care Relief Fund

BUILD UP SUPPORTS Child Care Relief Fund In July, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors allocated $2M of CARES Act funds to the Child Care Relief Fund. Eligibility for this grant program is limited Read more…

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