We Are the Care Initiative


Public Awareness Task Force

Mission: Creation of local marketing/media and public awareness campaign to highlight the critical role child care and child care professionals play in the vitality of our community and its economy

Vision: Our community is aware and appreciates the critical role child care and child care professionals play in the vitality of our community and its economy

Updates

Next meeting: Jan 27th, 2021, 10:30 am

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

  • Providing public comment at the Board of Supervisors, City Council, and numerous School Board meetings throughout the County.
    • Status: Active and on-going. You can read our January 2021 public comment HERE.
  • Engaging the public through a social media campaign #ChildCareIsEssential.
    • Status: Recently ended. November 2020- January 2021 check our social media pages to learn about the many ways in which child care is essential.


Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force

Mission: To support cross-sector collaboration between businesses/employers and child care providers

Vision: Employers and local child care professionals collaborate and use the necessary tools to secure access to affordable, quality child care for our region’s working families.

Updates

Next meeting: Jan 25th, 2021, 2 pm

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

  • Creation of a Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit Website
    • Status: Launched Nov 30, 2020. Check out the website HERE


Local Government Engagement Task Force

Mission: To address the Role of Local Government (city/county/regional) in tackling the Child Care Challenge

Vision: Every city, county, school district, and elected official has policies and existing incentives to support early childhood development and care.

Updates

Next meeting: Feb 10th, 2021, 10:30 am

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

Public Comment on local Housing Elements to include child care needs.

  • Status: In September-November 2020, we submitted five letters to SLO county cities and the County with suggested inclusion of child care into their draft Housing Elements.
Recruitment and formation of group of "Child Care Liaisons" from all local city councils and BOS.
  • Status: Complete and on-going. The recruited liaisons had their first orientation meeting on 8/20/20 and the Child Care Planning Council will continue to engage this group and provide updated information.


Power to the Profession

Mission: In creation

Vision: In creation

Updates

FIRST meeting: Jan 28th, 2021, 10 am

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

  • TBD
    • Status: TBD