Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion directing the County Library Department to explore providing child care at or near a County Library and to prepare a report back within 120 days:
“Libraries are the cornerstone of the community. County Libraries allow children to interact with their peers, while offering educational enrichment through story time, book clubs, and parent and child workshops. In many of the same neighborhoods as our libraries, we face a crisis in the child care system as a result of having few available sites that can accommodate early care and learning centers. Our County Libraries could play a key role in addressing this lack of child care. This could help further the Library’s role to promote school readiness among children, particularly those who come from low-income households.
“It is worth exploring ways to connect the services of our County Libraries with the child care system. We can accomplish this through partnerships with community groups that are working to alleviate our shortage of high-quality, affordable child care. We need to explore mobile units in library parking lots and possibly converting vacant rooms at a library into vibrant learning centers for children, and today’s motion will consider these options. Hard-working families throughout LA County would benefit from gaining access to affordable, quality child care at their local County Library.”
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