February 21, 2024
Youngsters play at a toddler care facility. Photograph by way of @EricaBocian X

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously handed a monetary help proposal for baby care suppliers, together with assist with start-up prices.

As proposed by Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas, the county will spend $1.25 million on infrastructure and $750,000 to create a database monitoring baby care amenities which open or shut, and supply “peer-based mentorship” for suppliers.

Board Vice Chair Lawson-Remer mentioned these working baby care companies within the county proceed to wrestle, which she has noticed as a working mom.

“If folks can’t come to work, our total economic system suffers, together with households,” Lawson-Remer mentioned.

Board Chairwoman Vargas mentioned she was excited to assist present the alternatives for entrepreneurs, and in addition credited organizations corresponding to Southwestern School, the YMCA and Chicano Federation for engaged on points associated to baby care challenges.

Because the county offers with the problem of strengthening the work power, Vargas mentioned the cultural facet is necessary. “We’re placing our cash the place our mouth is,” she added.

The unique proposal on the board’s agenda centered on new baby care suppliers.

Supervisor Joel Anderson recommended a “pleasant modification” that may enable present baby care amenities to obtain assist with their infrastructure wants, including that the aim is to offer baby take care of all who want it. Lawson-Remer mentioned she was OK along with his proposal.

In an announcement after the vote, Vargas mentioned it was necessary “to acknowledge the predominantly feminine and women-of-color composition of the kid care workforce.”

“These superb girls are the spine of our economic system and the way forward for our neighborhood,” Vargas mentioned. “By working collaboratively, we will create extra alternatives for working households and guarantee a brighter future for our kids.”

Throughout a public remark interval, advocates — together with from the YMCA of San Diego and San Diego for Each Baby — urged the board to approve measures that may bolster baby care entry.

Supervisor Monica Montgomery Steppe mentioned recognizing girls of colour who present baby care was particularly necessary, and cited the expertise of her nice aunt. The lady needed to enter a San Diego household’s dwelling by way of a again door so she may maintain their kids and clear their dwelling — however couldn’t keep dwelling to take care her personal kids, Montgomery Steppe mentioned.

Black girls specifically, due to this nation’s historical past with slavery, “have been taking good care of folks’s kids since our existence right here in America,” Montgomery Steppe mentioned.

Final September, the board voted to advance the county’s Childcare Blueprint, which emphasizes increasing baby care facilities, staffing and coaching, together with a pilot program to assist county staff who’re experiencing a toddler care emergency.

In accordance with an announcement from Lawson-Remer and Vargas, the Baby Care Blueprint “is a guiding imaginative and prescient to make sure that baby care wants of our native households and youngsters are met.”

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.