Our staff needs help with childcare. What resources are available?
All levels of government are working on childcare solutions for health care workers. Currently, the following resources are available:
- The state has developed a portal for parents seeking information about child care. This tool allows the user to enter their zip code and see a list of childcare options specific to their area.
Per the Governor’s April 4 Executive Order, the California Department of Education has expanded its state-subsidized early learning and care programs to allow some health care workers to qualify. Income eligibility is prioritized.
- The Department of Social Services issued a waiver for hospital-sponsored childcare licensing to allow hospitals to provide on-site childcare.
- There are numerous resources in the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) region. Details are available on the HASC website.
- In San Diego County, health care workers have access to Emergency Child Care Vouchers as well as a free, dedicated referral service that offers receive real-time assistance in locating a child care provider based on family needs. More information on currently available resources in the region can be found at the Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties website or YMCA Childcare Resource Service.
6. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act gave California $340 million for essential worker childcare subsidies. The Legislature must take action so that the money may be distributed. CHA has requested that the money be available for a variety of childcare provider options, from childcare centers to in-home care by a family member. (5/1)