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Governor Newsom Announces the Launch of New Childcare Portal 

On April 30th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, find safe, reliable and accessible child care options.

By typing in their zip code, families will be able to see childcare centers and homes that are currently open, their capacity, licensing history, and other useful information for choosing care.

“Our essential workers deserve to go to work knowing their kids are safe and cared for,” said Governor Newsom. “They’re there for our families, keeping hospitals, grocery stores and schools open during this pandemic. We need to be there for them. Our new portal will make accessing child care easier by allowing parents to find options that are convenient and reliable for their families.”

During his daily press conference, Governor Newsom described another new resource called Carina, a multi-state effort to provide quality, licensed childcare to working families quickly by enabling local childcare providers to regularly post their open slots. The SEIU, AFSCME and the SEIU Education and Support Fund, along with Carina, are sponsoring this joint effort to bring together families and care providers.

Here is a link to the portal, as well as a link to updated information for childcare providers from California Department of Social Services (DSS) and from the California Department of Education.

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