Mayor Kevin Faulconer said San Diego City Council has unanimously approved to invest $5 million in federal CARES Act funding into childcare for essential workers who work tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re relying on essential workers every day to help us get through to the other side of his pandemic,” Mayor Faulconer said in a press release.

“While they take care of us, we need to take care of them. By helping with childcare, we’re providing peace of mind to the frontline heroes who are juggling job and family responsibilities during these trying times,” he added.

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City received $248 million to address COVID-19 related expenses.

Out of that, Mayor Faulconer proposed using $5 million of those funds on the childcare initiative.

Essential workers are eligible to receive childcare assistance regardless of their income, which will include health care workers, first responders, emergency medical services personnel, and grocery store staff.

Childcare providers are also eligible for relief, the release added.

The vouchers will be available until the funds are fully exhausted.

The funds will pay for more than 5,000 children with daycare needs over the next couple of months.

The City’s $5 million commitment matches the $5 million that the County Board of Supervisors previously set aside for childcare for a total of $10 million available for the region’s essential workers.

Mayor Faulconer added he is proposing to partner with the YMCA and Child Development Associates to administer the funds through the California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP). 

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