Monday, May 25, 2020
On April 4, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, that was intended to make child care subsidies available for Essential Workers in California, during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, this executive order did not come with additional child care funding. In Solano County, Child Care Subsidies are provided in the form of Child Development Centers, located and managed by such entities as school districts and Solano Community College.
The other form of subsidy is in the form of a voucher program, which is administered by Solano Family & Children’s Services (SFCS). The voucher system provides the parent greater flexibility in choosing different types of child care providers (center-based care, family child care homes, and license-exempt providers), as well as flexibility in the hours of care needed (including evenings & weekends). Many of the Solano County Subsidized Child Development Centers have been closed due to school district campus closures. Voucher funding provided to SFCS from the State Department of Education, that would otherwise be available to serve essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis, is not available as our California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) is fully enrolled, and has a waiting list.
Solano County is provided a specific amount of child care subsidies for both the Child Development Center Contracts and Voucher Contracts. The amount of funding we receive is never enough to fully meet the needs of all eligible families. We are hopeful that the California Department of Education will work with the Administration to release more funds in order to serve our present families on the program, and the additional essential workers who qualify for this temporary assistance.
In the meantime, there are licensed family child care homes and centers that are still open and making spaces available to essential workers who can afford to pay for their child care. Families in need of child care providers can contact Solano Family & Children’s Services at 707-863-3950 Ext. 709 or by going to www.solanofamily.org and filling out the Child Care Referral form for a list of licensed child care providers.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
So much has changed for all of us these last few weeks. Many essential workers have found themselves without child care due to school and child care closures. Solano Family & Children’s Services has a list of available child care in Solano County. We also have some funding to help pay for child care costs for children of essential workers, for a limited time. If you are in need of a child care provider or help to pay for child care, contact Solano Family & Children’s Services at www.solanofamily.org.
Monday, May 18, 2020
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Friday, May 15, 2020
So much has changed for all of us these last few weeks. Many essential workers have found themselves without child care due to school and child care closures. Solano Family & Children’s Services has a list of available child care in Solano County. We also have some funding to help pay for child care costs for children of essential workers, for a limited time. If you are in need of a child care provider or help paying for child care, contact Solano Family & Children’s Services at www.solanofamily.org.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
In late 1978, the Solano County Licensed Day Care Association worked to organize family daycare providers in the county. The CA legislature passed AB 3059, which funded local non-profit organizations to assist families with their child care search. Solano County received $21,575 in funding for Resource & Referral (R&R) services. There were no Child Care Food Program (CCFP) or Subsidized Child Care Programs. As the participation by licensed providers diminished (few members, little income from fees, and poor attendance of meetings), Solano Family and Children’s Council (as it was known then) went independent in April 1979 by applying for IRS 501 c(3) recognition. With a staff of four part-time employees and R&R funding, SFCC leased a one-room office in downtown Fairfield. The California Secretary of State and the IRS both granted SFCC its tax-exempt status. We could now apply for funding and new programs. Writing grants became an important duty of the Director and staff.
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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.