Sacramento – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) announced that funding for two new Ventura County programs have made it into the final California state budget bill. The bill will be voted upon before the June 15th deadline.
In Ventura County alone, an estimated 12,000 preschool-age children cannot access or participate in preschool due to space, costs, and program limitations. Only 4% of the region’s demand for infant and toddler childcare is being met.
Within our region, there are two populations that are confronted with unique obstacles to accessing reliable childcare — farmworkers and university students with children. We need a creative and collaborative solution to the childcare shortage that our region is experiencing.