What's the Children's Health and Child Care Initiative?

The ordinance for the Children’s Health and Child Care Initiative for Alameda County was filed with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters on August 21, 2019, with the goal of qualifying for the March 2020 ballot. If placed on the ballot and approved by voters, a half-cent sales tax would raise an estimated $150 million a year to provide expanded access to free and low-cost health care and emergency services in Alameda County, including at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and improved access to affordable quality child care, prioritizing high-need families. The initiative would also fund quality improvements in child care and preschool programs offered in Alameda County and increase the wages of early childhood educators.

First 5 Positioned to Administer Funds

The ballot measure names First 5 Alameda County (First 5) as the administrator of the Child Care program. If the measure qualifies for the ballot and passes, First 5 would receive 80 percent of the funds generated from the sales tax. First 5 is prepared to serve as administrator, with more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience in Alameda County, supporting families, providers, and communities. We have developed strong relationships with families, early education providers, and public systems alike. We’re also the biggest funder of early childhood programming in Alameda County and the only public agency focused exclusively on supporting young children and their families.

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