City of Sacramento will distribute stipends to child care centers in underserved communities


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CITY IS DOING THIS. >> IT IS NOT TIME AT KEY CLUB PRESCHOOL. >> IT WOULD GREATLY FIND US HERE. >> THE CHILDCARE CENTER IS ONE OF 120 THAT HAS APPLIED TO RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF WORKING MOMS AND DADS THAT NEED OUR DAYCARE OPEN. >> 800 — WERE ALLOCATED FOR UP TO 104 CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES AND THEY ARE TARGETING HIGH-PRIORITY PRIORITY AREAS WITH A BELOW AVERAGE NUMBER OF CHILDCARE FACILITIES. >> THEY LOOKED AT THE ZIP CODES BECAUSE A LOT OF THE CHILDCARE PROGRAMS IN THESE AREAS HAD TO CLOSE. >> IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY, 200 72 FACILITIES CLOSE DOWN SINCE MARCH OF 2020, AND WORKFORCE IN THAT INDUSTRY ALSO DROPPED. THE CITY PARTNERED WITH CHILD ACTION TO REACH OUT TO LICENSE CHILDCARE PROVIDERS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE. THEY SENT OUT ADVISORIES IN ARABIC, FARSI, RUSSIAN, SPANISH AND ENGLISH. >> FAMILIES IN THE ZIP CODES NEED THE SUPPORT AND THEY NEED CHILDCARE SO THEY CAN GO TO WORK. BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO THESE PROGRAMS HELPS THEM TO REMAIN OPEN AS FAMILIES RETURNED TO WORK THEY CAN KEEP THEIR CHILDREN IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. >> THIS FUNDS FROM THE CITY CAN BE USED TOWARD HIRING MORE STAFF, PROVIDING SIGN-ON AND RETENTION BONUSES, BUYING SUPPLIES AND COVERING OTHER EXPENSES. >> “FOR OUR STAFFING, FOR CLEANING SUPPLIES. YOU KNOW, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE WELL STAFFED HERE AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS SAFE HERE, OUR STAFF AND OUR CHILDREN” >> IN SACRAMENTO, KCRA 3 NEWS. >> THE FUNDS WERE PART OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY FOR FAMILIES, HELP LOCAL CHILDCARE PROVIDERS AN

City of Sacramento will distribute stipends to child care centers in underserved communities

The city of Sacramento is working with Child Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps Sacramento County families access affordable, quality child care and education services, to distribute stipends to up to 134 family child care homes and child care centers.According to city data, 272 child care facilities have closed in Sacramento County since March 2020, and there’s been a 13% drop in the child care workforce.Leer en españolThe city of Sacramento allocated $881,000, identified six ZIP codes and is targeting the underserved communities, citing a below-average number of child care facilities in these areas. The ZIP codes are 95821, 95822, 95823, 95825, 95826, and 95838. Child Action, Inc. sent advisories before they opened the application process in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, and English, saying that those are the most spoken languages in those ZIP codes.”Families in these ZIP codes need the support. They need child care so that they can go to work. Being able to provide funding to these programs helps them to remain open so that as families return to work, they’re able to keep their children in their own communities,” said Carmela García, who works as a program supervisor for resources at Child Action, Inc.These funds from the city can be used toward hiring more staff, providing sign-on and retention bonuses, buying supplies and covering other expenses.Family child care homes qualify for a one-time stipend of $5,000, and centers for a $7,500 stipend.So far, more than 120 child care facilities have applied to receive funding. Child Action, Inc. will notify applicants about the status of their applications by Dec. 15. Eligibility:Licensed before the COVID-19 pandemic, March 13, 2020.Currently active and in good standing with Community Care Licensing.Privately owned or operating as a nonprofit.Providing care in the city of Sacramento to children aged 0-5.Negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city of Sacramento is working with Child Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps Sacramento County families access affordable, quality child care and education services, to distribute stipends to up to 134 family child care homes and child care centers.

According to city data, 272 child care facilities have closed in Sacramento County since March 2020, and there’s been a 13% drop in the child care workforce.

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The city of Sacramento allocated $881,000, identified six ZIP codes and is targeting the underserved communities, citing a below-average number of child care facilities in these areas.

The ZIP codes are 95821, 95822, 95823, 95825, 95826, and 95838. Child Action, Inc. sent advisories before they opened the application process in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, and English, saying that those are the most spoken languages in those ZIP codes.

“Families in these ZIP codes need the support. They need child care so that they can go to work. Being able to provide funding to these programs helps them to remain open so that as families return to work, they’re able to keep their children in their own communities,” said Carmela García, who works as a program supervisor for resources at Child Action, Inc.

These funds from the city can be used toward hiring more staff, providing sign-on and retention bonuses, buying supplies and covering other expenses.

Family child care homes qualify for a one-time stipend of $5,000, and centers for a $7,500 stipend.

So far, more than 120 child care facilities have applied to receive funding. Child Action, Inc. will notify applicants about the status of their applications by Dec. 15.

Eligibility:

  • Licensed before the COVID-19 pandemic, March 13, 2020.
  • Currently active and in good standing with Community Care Licensing.
  • Privately owned or operating as a nonprofit.
  • Providing care in the city of Sacramento to children aged 0-5.
  • Negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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