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Funding for Facilities Encourages Continuity of Care for Babies

May 3, 2021

To keep child care doors open and provide stability for families, the County of San Francisco/San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education Renovation and Repair Grant Program was expanded to support center-based and family child care providers with COVID-related modifications.

We know that continuity of care in child care programs is best practice for infants and toddlers. Maintaining a close, ongoing relationship with one responsive caregiver is an essential component of high-quality care and healthy brain development. In many cases, the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted this relationship as programs have been forced to close doors and families have had to find alternate care arrangements.

To keep child care doors open and provide stability for families, the County of San Francisco/San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education Renovation and Repair Grant Program was expanded to support center-based and family child care providers with COVID-related modifications. In this video, family child care provider, Angelica Guerrero, shares how the grant helped her to remain open, managing both wildfire smoke and health and safety concerns. Additionally, this Build Up California issue brief highlights some of the other ways this funding is being used to ensure continuity of care for young children in child care programs.

To learn more about how states are supporting families and child care providers in re-opening and adapting care and facilities, visit the Alliance for Early Success COVID-19 resource page.

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