Santa Barbara County to Distribute Emergency Supplies to Child Care Programs

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

First 5 Santa Barbara received its first shipment of the most requested and hard to secure supplies for childcare providers caring for the children of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplies include 3-ply disposable adult masks, disinfecting wipes, and latex gloves. First 5 Santa Barbara partnered with Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and California Department of Public Health to secure these much-needed materials.  

Kelly Hubbard, Office of Emergency Management, states “Supporting our essential workers with the necessary materials to protect their health during COVID-19 and therefore be able to continue in their ability to work is critical.”

“First 5 Santa Barbara County and partners are pleased to continue providing essential materials to ensure ongoing healthy and safe practices in childcare spaces. This is important to ensure that the focus is on providing the care and not worrying about running out materials to keep our children and childcare providers safe. Child Care continues to be, the backbone of our economy, allowing parents to go to work and keep society functioning,” said Wendy Sims Moten, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County.

Center-based childcare programs submit their supply request to First 5.  Distribution of these supplies will take place at the First 5 Santa Maria and Santa Barbara office locations starting the week of September 14, 2020.

About First 5 Santa Barbara County

For more information, go to, FaceBook at, or call (805) 560-1039. First 5 Santa Barbara County Children and Families Commission, funded by Proposition 10, works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county to support the health, early learning and well-being of children prenatal to age 5 and their families.

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a-1599862031 Sep 11, 2020 03:07 PM
Santa Barbara County to Distribute Emergency Supplies to Child Care Programs

First Five is funded by the state tobacco tax. At one time during budget shortfalls, former Gov Brown wanted to "borrow" from their reserve funds, which had accumulated several billion dollars over their operating expenses. They said no - voters dedicated this money only for this pre-K childcare program. Visit their website for more information and current status of their tobacco tax funding accounts.

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