Monday, 01. April 2019, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Developing Affordable Housing with Co-located Child Care Facilities

All families in Santa Clara County should have access to quality early care and education programs for their children. Unfortunately, countywide data indicate that over 28,000 infants and toddlers and over 6,000 children of preschool-age are without care due to lack of child care and preschool facilities. Addressing this issue will require thoughtful planning and strategic solutions.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, is exploring one possible solution that involves partnership between affordable housing developers and licensed child care providers. This model has demonstrated promise from a people, policy, and business perspective with benefits to housing developers, providers, qualifying families, their children, and the local community.
On behalf of Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, please accept this invitation to attend a meeting, Developing Affordable Housing with Co-located Child Care Facilities on April 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  At this meeting you will learn more about the County’s initiative to address major issues facing its early care and education system, better known as the Early Learning Master Plan, and how need for infant/toddler care and preschool programs is distributed across the county.
Following this brief presentation, the Project Team hopes to hear from you. As a city planning or development official, your insights into practical considerations for expanding access to child care by supporting the development of family friendly, affordable housing with co-located child care facilities are essential to developing strategic solutions for remedying the extreme shortage in child care facilities in Santa Clara County.   The following are key questions that will drive this very important discussion:


What can be done at the local level to facilitate, improve, or streamline zoning and permit processes for the development of family friendly, affordable housing that includes child care facilities space? 


What local resources can be leveraged to make build-out costs manageable for child care providers and developers?


What information or assurances are needed to prioritize these types of development in local development plans? 


Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Developing Affordable Housing with Co-located Child Care Facilities

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