Public comments at the Milpitas City Council meeting on June 7 made it very clear that local childcare providers depend on city support services that have been cut from the current budget.
For many years now, the City of Milpitas has provided excellent support for massive and small childcare businesses. There are 133 licensed childcare facilities that employ more than 470 people and serve roughly 4,400 kids in Milpitas. The childcare coordinator helps to make sure that these local businesses have tools to help them get permits, comply with city and say regulations and then build expertise in child development.
With city coordination services, parents also receive guidance so that they can make choices to support these local businesses. And most importantly, the kids of Milpitas receive higher quality services. We are concerned about the impact of the elimination of this important city role.
In addition to providing direct services to residents, we rely on city-based childcare coordinators to bring a municipal perspective to county-wide planning efforts. The county-wide Early Learning Master Plan is certainly more robust and practical because of our capability to learn from the Milpitas city planning practices for facilities, including how to ideal support home-based childcare businesses.
The City of Milpitas is viewed as a leader in ensuring that childcare is part of the fabric of current and future city development. We hope that a
way can be found for Milpitas to continue to contribute childcare coordination expertise to city residents and county planning efforts.
-Lori Burns, co-chair, Local Early Education Planning Council of Santa Clara County
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