A San Mateo County child care pilot program will continue helping children and working families after Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed an extension authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park.
The program, created by legislation in 2003, lets the county maximize limited child care subsidy funds by making family eligibility flexible, setting reasonable family fees and establishing reimbursement rates. The local changes were proposed because as one of the state’s highest cost of living regions, San Mateo County was challenged to use single statewide income criteria to determine the eligibility and reimbursement rates.
“This bill is ultimately about local control and providing local governments with the tools necessary to best serve their residents,” Gordon said in a prepared statement.
Gordon, a former county supervisor and president of the California State Association of Counties, said the county’s nine years of results illustrate why the program should continue.
Gordon’s bill, coauthored by other county lawmakers, also extends a similar program in San Francisco. Without the extension bill, both programs would have ended in 2015. The extension goes until 2018 and the bill becomes effective Jan. 1.
The governor’s signing was met with approval by other local school and child development leaders.
“The San Mateo County pilot is essential to sustain our vital early care and education programs upon which hundreds of young children and their working families depend,” Deb Miller, chief program officer with Peninsula Family Services, said in a prepared statement.
Anne Campbell, county school superintendent and co-chair of the San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council, echoed the sentiment and called the extension “a win for all.”