Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Solano Family & Children's Services - A Bit of History

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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