County funds new childcare facility at Brisbane Elementary School

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

I’m excited to announce the San Mateo County Board of Supervisor’s approved a request to use $100,000 in my district-specific Measure K funds to purchase a new modular childcare facility for the city’s preschool and afterschool programs at our July 9 meeting.
The grant will allow for the expansion of enrollment to better meet the city’s needs and is a partnership between the Brisbane School District, the county and city. The overall cost to purchase and install the modular childcare facility is approximately $350,000.
The city’s current modular is outdated and childcare needs have outgrown the space.
The city’s afterschool program is the only structured afterschool program serving the Brisbane community and the enrollment demand exceeds current capacity. The new facility at Brisbane Elementary School should be installed by the summer of 2020.
The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council conducted a Child Care and Preschool needs assessment for the county in 2017. The report presents an analysis of the child care and preschool supply and demand for children ages birth to 12. Its findings show the city of Brisbane ranks as the fourth lowest city based on percentage of demand met for school-aged children at only 47 percent.
I’m proud to support working families in Brisbane with this investment.
In other news, The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a two-year budget June 19 to a tune of $5.9 billion. The budget reflects the Board’s ongoing priorities including homelessness, foster youth, veterans, health and parks.
The board continues to make commitments toward the construction of affordable housing units. Between fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2018, the county invested $110.4 million and funded 2,639 affordable units. The fiscal year 2019-21 Recommended Budget commits another $50 million toward affordable housing.
Another huge investment is in the Big Lift, which will receive $15.5 million over the next two years. The childhood literacy initiative has proven incredibly successful as I’ve seen it impact the lives of families in the Jefferson Elementary School District. Click here to view highlights of the budget which also includes a link to the complete recommended budget. The board will consider revisions to the budget in September.
David J. Canepa is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5 which includes Brisbane.