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More Free Childcare for Preschool/PreK
Enable support for families with young children by providing free childcare. It can be full time or part time to enable parents to go back to work. It'll help with parents' mental health. More stay at home parents can go back to work.
This proposal is being evaluated
Type of funding: Programs and services (non-capital)
Rough cost estimate: Over $7.2 million
✅ This idea could be implemented without changing current policy or law.
✅ This idea is within the City's jurisdiction.
✅ This idea doesn't name a specific vendor.
❌ This idea would incur costs indefinitely.
Justification: Would be a huge cost and would need ongoing committment of resources and funding.
Other notes: The city already funds Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) which has subsidized childcare for children 3-5 years old. DEEL also has a Child Care Assistance subsidy program for low-income families who make 60-94% SMI, for kids infant age to 12. "Affordable childcare" proposal would need to understand if this is free/reduced cost for all, or if the subsized rates change, or include more famlies. Big concerns about one-time nature of PB funds and the ongoing need for affordable childcare.
Thank you for sharing your idea. This idea and its evaluation have been forwarded to the budget delegates. They will use this information to group together similar ideas, narrow down options based on community needs, and develop fully detailed proposals for you and your community to vote on in October 2023.
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