Support Measure Q
The Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act
Help improve access to affordable child care and early education so that every local child starts kindergarten ready to learn.
Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops before age five.
Unfortunately, only one in four children in Monterey County is ready for kindergarten because too many families lack access to child care and early education.
Quality, affordable child care is especially important for children who are experiencing trauma, such as homelessness, abuse or neglect, and family stress.
The Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act would raise $5.5 million annually to:
Prepare children for school with literacy, math and social skills
Double access to affordable child care and early education for working families, single parents and others
Prevent long lasting effects of trauma on children such as housing instability, parent unemployment, child abuse and neglect
Attract and retain qualified child care providers and preschool teachers
Help business rebound by attracting and retaining working parents
Strict Fiscal Accountability
All funds would be locally controlled and spent only in Monterey County. No funds could be taken by the State. Community oversight and public disclosure are required.