Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act
So every child starts school ready to succeed!
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 early childhood education.
Quality, affordable child care and early education is especially important for children who are experiencing homelessness or the threat of homelessness, or who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Unreliable State Funding
State funding for quality, local early childhood education and services consistently falls short of the needs of Monterey County children and their families. Now, more than ever, we need local funding for these critical services.
The Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act would raise $5.5 million annually, under local control 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.