We envision a San Luis Obispo County where all families can find and afford quality care for their children, and where child care professionals are valued for their critical role in building a solid foundation for our children and families to thrive in the world.
The We Are the Care Initiative is a coalition of committed individuals and agencies mobilizing to bring together the whole community to build upon our current local child care system. Administered by First 5 SLO County, we seek to increase the access/affordability and quality of child care options for ALL families, and to elevate the profession of early childhood educators. We work together toward our goals through education of public and private sectors, the use and alignment of resources, and creative problem solving.
We have made major strides, even amid the obstacles of 2020, a year that has shined a much bigger spotlight on the importance and urgency of our collective work addressing the constantly changing needs of families, children and early childhood education professionals in our communities. It is with renewed inspiration and enthusiasm that we held a virtual “kickoff” event January 21st, 2021. The event created an opportunity to reconnect, review our successes to date, provided an update on a child care study being co-funded by a partnership of local public agencies, and provided details on future meetings dates.
Watch the video here:
The We Are the Care Initiative was created as a result of the "Where's the Care? Town Hall" that was hosted in May 2019. The town hall was hosted by First 5 SLO County with support of local stakeholders. The event featured speakers from all over the state representing the private sector and government side of addressing child care needs. There was equal time dedicated to addressing/exploring the challenge and beginning to problem solve.
Please check out these videos created for the event:
From this Town Hall, three areas of focus were identified. These focus areas turned into 3 task forces: Public Awareness Task Force, Local Government Engagement Task Force, and the Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force.
If you are currently looking for child care or resources relating to child care, please check out SLO County's Child Care Resource Connection or call (805) 541-2272.
For more information, please call us at (805) 781-4058 or email wearethecareSLO@gmail.com