San Francisco Child Care Planning & Advisory Council (CPAC), released its 2017 Community Needs Assesment at a press release event at C5 Children's School today. Monica Walters, Wu Yee's CEO and CPAC chair highlighted the significant unmet needs for licenced centers and family child care homes that serve infants and toddlers, and critical workforce investments are required to attract and retain qualified early education educators.
CPAC is a state-mandated body charged with identifying local priorities for quality, affordable and accessible early care and education services. The report, issued every five years, provides an important planning tool for understanding the city's early care and education landscape.
Supervisors Norman Yee and Jane Kim spoke of the need for this assessment, "We must leverage the data that we have, support our quality early education system, our early educators and our low to middle-income families so that they can stay and thrive in our City" said Supervisor Yee.
Jennifer Delos Reyes, Program Director for Compass Children's Center said the report will bring awareness of child care and early childhood education in San Francisco. She spoke of the changing face of the City and all the abundance in San Francisco, yet our teachers and providers are paid so little.
Monica Walters echoed her sentiment by saying, "every day there are children who are not recieving the qualiy care and education they need, and every day is a missed opportunity for our city."
Read the press release here