Governor Newsom, Legislative Leaders Announce Immediate Action Agreement for Relief to Californians Experiencing Pandemic Hardship (Including funding for child cares providing subsidized care)
The agreement adds just over $400 million in new federal funds that will provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child care and preschool providers serving approximately 400,000 children in subsidized care statewide. The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022, and funds increased access to subsidized child care for more than 8,000 children of essential workers and at-risk children – who are not currently served in the system – through June of 2022.
CQEL Testifies at California Senate
CQEL team members and board testified at the California Senate's Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response yesterday. Read and watch the testimony here.
What LA Child Care Providers Need to Know About Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
Child care providers, many of whom have never stopped caring for children during the coronavirus pandemic, are anxiously awaiting their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine.
"Here we are again left to fend for ourselves while we're being asked to stay open," said Jeannette Romero, Pasadena Day Nursery For Child Development executive director.
L.A. County expects child care workers will be eligible for vaccines starting March 1, but that doesn't guarantee providers an appointment.
Stabilizing child care requires more than emergency COVID-19 relief funds
Emergency stabilization funds to mitigate the pandemic’s immediate damage are an important first step. But returning to a pre-coronavirus baseline would not be enough to create a stable child-care sector that adequately supports kids and families.