San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Approve Funding to Help Increase Child Care Spaces
To address the critical shortage of child care and preschool spaces, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved $50,000 in Measure K funds to support the Build Up for San Mateo County’s Children Initiative to expand local childcare options. Build Up’s operations are housed at 4Cs of San Mateo County, the County’s nonprofit child care resource and referral agency.
“Like housing, affordable, high-quality child care and preschool facilities are in short supply in San Mateo County,” said Supervisor Dave Pine who is also the Co-Chair for the Build Up Advisory Body. “Investing in the organizational and support capacity of Build Up will accelerate the creation of new childcare spaces which are so desperately needed for children and families to thrive.”
According to the 2017 San Mateo County Child Care and Preschool Needs Assessment, the county needs 19,724 new child care spaces for children ages 0-12. Of these, approximately 11,000 need to be subsidized for low-income working families.
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 placing their children in less-than-ideal child care arrangements or declining employment opportunities. In recent years, programs in San Mateo County have turned down $1 million annually in State support for subsidized early learning due to lack of facilities to house child care programs.
“We are grateful to the community for its overwhelming support of Measure K which will provide needed funding for this public-private partnership. The County’s prioritization of early care and education is vital to working families as it allows parents to go work while fostering early childhood learning and development,” said David Fleishman, Executive Director at 4Cs of San Mateo County.
Measure K is a 20-year extension of the countywide half-cent sales tax passed by local voters in November 2016 to support essential County services and to maintain or replace critical facilities.
View the Press Release here.
Contact: Christine Padilla, Build Up Director, 650-517-1436, firstname.lastname@example.org