OC Board of Supervisors approves $5 million grant on heels of First 5 Orange County’s child care report

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Oct. 20 approved a $5 million emergency CARES Act grant to benefit licensed child-care providers in the county.

First 5 Orange County is working with Charitable Ventures to administer an application process and to disburse and allocate the funds to child-care providers that meet eligibility.

The grant approval comes on the heels of First 5 Orange County’s Child Care Landscape Analysis report, which revealed a harsh landscape for Orange County’s working parents and child-care providers.

Funds will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application process starts Oct. 30 and ends on Nov. 9.

For details, visit: https://bit.ly/2T9kR62

First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll featured on KNX 1070 radio to discuss child care report

First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll was interviewed by KNX 1070 AM radio on Wednesday, Oct. 7 to discuss the Child Care Landscape Analysis report.

Goll’s sound bites were featured as part of two news reports detailing the report’s findings:

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Daily Pilot writes about First 5 Orange County’s Child Care Landscape Analysis report

First 5 Orange County’s Child Care Landscape Analysis report was featured in an article in the Daily Pilot.

The story quoted First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll and detailed how the organization went from connecting kindergarten readiness to realizing that child care was a major problem in the county.

An excerpt from the story:

Officials will develop a set of series of recommendations that can be used to advocate for policy changes and solutions that will help address the real-life issues raised throughout the process.

“We can’t solve the problem on our own,” Goll said of the new awareness campaign. “We need others to care about these issues as much as we care about these issues, in order to make this change and move.”

Read the story by clicking here.

First 5 Orange County featured in Orange County Register story on child care report

First 5 Orange County’s Child Care Landscape Analysis report was featured in an article in The Orange County Register detailing the findings.

The story quoted First 5 Orange County President/CEO Kim Goll in detailing the lack of affordable and quality child care in the county, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse for both caregivers and providers.

An excerpt from the story:

(First 5 OC President Kim Goll) said the shakeup caused by the pandemic might be providing a chance to reshape a local child care system that’s struggled for years.

“This might help guide the rebuilding of child care,” Goll said. “We might actually be able to learn how to make investments in this system in a way that it won’t be so vulnerable next time with whatever comes our way.”

Read the Register story below, or click here.

Study reveals wide shortage, huge cost of child care in Orange County

First 5 Orange County releases report, “Orange County Child Care Landscape Analysis”

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, First 5 Orange County released a report that revealed a harsh landscape for working parents trying to find quality and affordable child care, and child-care providers trying to survive and stay afloat.

The dearth of child care is especially apparent for those who need it for their infants or toddlers: There are currently only enough licensed slots to care for 5 percent of the county’s children between the ages of 0-2.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only deepened the crisis. Nearly half of Orange County’s child care providers closed their programs from mid-March to early June, and then began reopening with new requirements and reduced capacities to maintain social distancing guidelines.

First 5 Orange County is bringing awareness to this crucial issue in hopes that the child-care industry can be rebuilt, the economy can recover and children will get the developmental care that they need.

Read the report at occhildrenandfamilies.com/childcare.