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L.A. Unified Board of Education Unanimously Approves Board Member Nick Melvoin’s Resolution to Expand Childcare Access for District Families (08-25-20)

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L.A. Unified Board of Education Unanimously Approves Board Member Nick Melvoin’s Resolution to Expand Childcare Access for District Families

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LOS ANGELES (Aug. 25, 2020) – The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted today to unanimously approve Board Member Nick Melvoin’s resolution seeking to expand childcare access, wherever feasible, to District families until schools can safely reopen. This would expand on the District’s current plan to provide small group childcare for employees reporting to school sites in compliance with public health and safety guidelines.  

“Our District has made tremendous progress toward meeting some basic needs of our families in this crisis—from maintaining food security, bridging the digital divide, providing mental health support, and more,” Board Member Melvoin said. “As we begin to roll out childcare programs for our employees, I’d like us to take this a step further, and, to the extent possible, open this opportunity to more equitably serve District students in need of supervision and a stable distance learning environment.”

The resolution tasks the Superintendent with developing a plan by September 15th that focuses on equitable access and prioritizes high-need students and families, including homeless and foster youth and children of essential workers. The plan should account for available capacity under current staffing levels and feasibility of expanding staffing levels to serve more students and provide supplemental support.

“Los Angeles Unified remains committed to supporting families who have been impacted by the crisis,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said.

“L.A. continues to lead the way during this historic time,” Board Member Mónica García said. “Our leadership and employees are committed to adhering to the science and serving our community every way we can. We fully appreciate childcare continues to be a need for many.”

“The need for childcare is absolutely vital for working parents. Many of our parents are essential workers and have an obligation to do their jobs,” Board Member Scott Schmerelson said. “Most of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Financial reasons are forcing their mothers and fathers to return to work before they lose their livelihood and can no longer provide for their families.”

“The pandemic has put a significant burden on our families as they try to support student learning while also working to provide for their families,” Board Member Kelly Gonez, also a co-sponsor, said. “While we cannot open our campuses to in-person school yet, we should be looking at every possible opportunity, including growing our small-group childcare program, to support our students and families during this difficult time.”

 

Nick Melvoin is proud to serve the dynamic communities of District 4 on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Nick’s election to the Board in May of 2017 follows a career fighting for our city’s schoolchildren. He believes that together, with the right leadership, we can ensure that every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to succeed. Los Angeles Unified Board District 4 includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, East Hollywood, Encino, Hollywood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills, and Venice.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Ally Salvaria at 818-726-6151 or email at Ally.Salvaria@LAUSD.net.