Kids First Initiative Launches to Assist 100 School-aged Homeless Children

The Los Angeles City Council approved my plan to provide $30 million in free childcare relief for low-income working moms during COVID-19. The cornerstone of that effort is a program I worked on with the City’s Recreation and Parks Department to provide $10 million to create 50 Alternative Learning Centers functioning as educational child care at parks throughout the City in order to ease the burden on working moms during COVID-19. The program opened today but are still taking applications, including at parks in Council District, so register today!  Securing affordable childcare is an enormous burden on low-income working moms during the best of times, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have utter desperation as mothers are forced to choose between work or staying home and not having enough money to pay their rent and feed their kids – it’s tragic. I specifically earmarked $10 million for educational childcare sites – Alternative Learning Sites - at our parks because our low-income families utilize our park space. We can offer a safe place for their children to be while they work, and allow their children to do school work and other creative activities.  Wednesday’s vote also approved another $20 million to help Childcare facilities stay open, as well as provide vouchers to our working-poor moms and families who need assistance.

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