Early learning experiences in the first five years of a child’s life are crucial to promote healthy brain development, form healthy attachments and relationships, a positive sense of self, and a thirst for learning.
Quality, affordable child care is an important but often overlooked piece of our county’s infrastructure. Access to reliable, trusted care allows parents to work and contribute to our labor economy. When families face child care insecurity, it threatens parents’ ability to work outside the home, a burden that disproportionately impacts mothers. Child care is critical to the long-term outlook of our workforce as well – today’s preschoolers are tomorrow’s executives.
For Our Economy
Child care is a $91 million industry in Sonoma County. Our community reaps $7 for every $1 invested in child care. Sonoma County’s child care industry employs 2,412 people. Our current supply of child care will not meet the growing need without partnerships between businesses, government, and the child care industry.