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LA City Council Approves $30M For Free Childcare, Programs At Parks
By By City News Service
Published August 27, 2020

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The City Council voted today to use $30 million to provide childcare relief to low-incoming working families in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council President Nury Martinez, who co-authored the proposal with Councilman Curren Price, said the cornerstone of the effort is putting about $10 million toward the Recreation and Parks Department to create 50 Alternative Learning Centers for educational childcare at parks throughout Los Angeles.

“Securing affordable childcare is an enormous burden on low-income working moms during the best of times, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have utter desperation as mothers are forced to choose between work or staying home and not having enough money to pay their rent and feed their kids,” Martinez said.

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“We can offer a safe place for their children to be while they work and allow their children to do school work and other creative activities.”

The remaining $20 million will help childcare facilities stay open and provide vouchers to working-poor families who need assistance, Martinez said.

The funding is being used from the federal CARES Act and is overseen by the Council’s Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Recovery and Neighborhood Investment Committee, which Martinez chairs.

 

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