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KCBX News Update: Pismo Beach offers child care assistance funding and Allan Hancock provides free telehealth services to students

Residents and child care facilities can apply for grant funding to help with child care costs and expand capacity.
Residents and child care facilities can apply for grant funding to help with child care costs and expand capacity.

The Pismo Beach City Council approved a child care assistance grant program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

City manager Jim Lewis said the goal is to help residents with child care costs and expand capacity at local childcare facilities.

Families can apply for up to $2,000 from the Pismo Beach Childcare Assistance Grant to meet immediate childcare funding needs.

Child care centers can apply for a separate grant to reopen or expand their facilities in Pismo Beach.

The deadline to apply is November 19. For information about applying, call (805) 489-1488 or e-mail


Starting November 1, students at Allan Hancock College have free 24/7 access to telehealth resources.

The college said the addition is necessary amid skyrocketing demands for telehealth therapy during the pandemic.

Students will be able to use the TimelyCare app on a phone or other device to access immediate or appointment-based medical and mental health care from a physician.

The college said students should be able to have a consultation within five to ten minutes of starting use of the app.


CalFire announced it will dedicate more than $18 million to the California Forest Improvement Program over the next three years.

The program is designed to incentivize forest investment by providing up to 90 percent of the cost for private and public forest landowners to improve forest health and climate and fire resilience.

Landowners with 20 to 5,000 acres of forest land are eligible for funding to pay for projects like thinning, tree planting and pruning.

Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.
Brett Vollrath is a KCBX intern and a journalism major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.