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City and County Join Together to Support Frontline Workers

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced last week that the city of San Diego would be joining the county in using a total of $10 million in federal stimulus funding to provide childcare for essential frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faulconer directed the city to commit $5 million in CARES Act funding to childcare., The county had directed $5 million of CARES Act funding to aid frontline workers earlier in the week.

“There is no economic development without addressing childcare. You can’t have one without the other,” Faulconer said. “If parents can access child care, they are likely to enter the workforce and of course stay employed”

According to Faulconer, school and child care closures put an incredible burden on working parents throughout San Diego. Eligibility will be prioritized. Those eligible to receive assistance include healthcare workers, first responders, emergency medical services personnel, grocery store staff and child care providers.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher agreed that child care was an important part of getting people back to work and said that the city and county have a strong history of working together in situations where the need is great.

“Our schools are closed and grandparents are not the best place for kids to be… given their vulnerability (to COVID-19) because of their age. We have to do everything we can to ensure that there are more child care opportunities available for workers as they go back to work,” Fletcher said.

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