Chamber Policy Committees Explore Childcare

On April 16th, the Chamber’s Infrastructure, Housing, and Land Use Committee and the Education & Workforce Roundtable had a joint meeting focused on the construction industry workforce and childcare availability and the impact on the workforce. The group was joined by Councilmember Chris Cate to discuss his childcare proposal that would create a Special Child Care Reimbursement Fund. Councilmember Cate was followed by a University of San Diego presentation on a study of San Diego County Local Child Care Needs and Barriers. The study cites an estimated 270,161 children under the age of six years requires some type of child care, and an estimated 60 percent of those children come from working families.