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Gov. Newsom, head of department of social services announce childcare portal

Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 16:00:18-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — GOV. Newsom and the Director of the Department of Social Services Kim Johnson today announced an innovative portal for community members with children to locate adequate child care facilities near them.

This portal will mitigate the 63% of childcare centers that have been impacted by COVID-19.

It was reported that 432 child care centers have opened within the last few weeks.

This portal has been spearheaded by Kim Johnson.

50 million of the 100,000 million funding will be utilized for new vouchers and the other 50 million has been utilized for making sure the California Department of Education has facilities that are sanitary, and adequately cleaned.

In recent weeks, 350,000 million in grants through the CARES ACT have been approved, these funds will be utilized to open more care facilities.

According to Kim Johnson, these efforts are most important for 200,000 individuals such as essential workers, the homeless and students with differing learning abilities.

Johnson also stressed the point that childcare facilities will be opening up following CDC rules of social distancing for children in their care, opening up more room in the facilities, keeping the groups smalls and other resources in place for the children to practice adequate physical distancing.

Gov. Newsom reported that in the last 24 hours 95 additional people have died, and there has been a 5.2% increase in positive cases.

Newsom also assured the community that we are heading in the right direction for getting an adequate number of test being administered, as of today 625,000 tests have been given.

All of these efforts are guided by your health and information regarding California's response and guidelines in place can be found on the website this website also gives you access to the childcare facilities portal.

As always, if you want to donate your time to the efforts in battling COVID-19 head on, please visit