News Release


DATE: September 26, 2000

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108



San Diego – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved Chairwoman Dianne Jacob's proposal to establish a mobile van unit that will provide on-site training and voluntary health screening at local child care centers, including those working with children who have special needs.

Since welfare reform in 1996, San Diego County has moved 38,000 families from welfare to work, saving taxpayers nearly $500 million. With more families in San Diego County in the work force there is a huge increase in the demand for quality child care in this region.

"The need for these types of opportunities is critical to ensure that working families have stable and reliable child care," said Jacob. "Child care workers provide one of the most critical services - caring for this region's children while their parents are at work. It's critical that these care givers are provided every opportunity to better their skills and learn more about the health and safety of kids in their facilities," said Jacob.

The mobile training van will make child care training more accessible by taking the training directly to them. Child care center employees will have on-site assistance and access to training programs, which will make them better prepared to care for the region's children. Also, providing voluntary on-site health screenings, children will benefit by getting preventive healthcare.

The mobile training van will also work with existing mobile resource providers, such as Care Express, MAAC, Head Start, 10 Mobile and Episcopal Community Services, which will help disseminate information quickly and efficiently directly to child care sites. County staff will report back to the Board of Supervisors in 60 days.