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. Recently, the county turned down $1 million in state support for subsidized child care due to lack of facilities to house programs.

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.

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 minutes or more to get to quality care.

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.

Increased Real Estate Prices

Existing providers are squeezed by the hot real estate market. Those who rent see rent increases or lose their leases as buildings are repurposed, displacing children from early learning spaces. Child care businesses operate on tight budgets; demand for housing and office space prices child care out of the market.

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Living Local

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San Mateo Rental Assistance

Child Care Providers Apply for Rental Assistance Immediately The City of San Mateo has partnered with Samaritan House to provide up to $120,000 in direct rental assistance for in-home child care providers economically impacted by Read more…

Build Up California

Build Up California Build Up California is a statewide collaborative working to sustain, improve, and grow the supply of early care and learning facilities. June 11, 2020 Public Policy Update June 17, 2020 Public Policy Read more…

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Christine Padilla, Director, Build Up for San Mateo County's Children - 650.517.1436

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