San Luis Obispo County YMCA

SLO County YMCA

The cities of San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach are launching programs to help working parents with child care and schooling during the pandemic.

Issues & Ideas: Feeding SLO kids, fire evacuations and carbon neutrality at Camp San Luis

Aug 26, 2020

More than 77,000 people have been displaced by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, and in Santa Cruz County, that’s put a strain on shelter capacity. People and their animals are evacuating due to the River Fire, south of Salinas, as well. Camp San Luis Obispo is on its way to becoming the first military base in America to achieve 100 percent carbon neutrality. San Luis Coastal Unified School District is not only providing students with nutritious food, but aiming to make sure that no local child goes hungry…even in a global pandemic. Monica Grant, of the San Luis Obispo County YMCA, talks about the challenges faced by the Y during the pandemic, and how they are still able to help families.

Child care is essential to the economic vitality of any city. Unfortunately, like many businesses and organizations, child care providers are suffering greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with several guests—Shana Paulson, children services manager with CAPSLO Child Care Resource Connection; Raechelle Bowlay, CAPSLO'S quality early learning manager and Child Care Planning Council coordinator; Monica Grant, CEO of the San Luis Obispo County YMCA; Kim Love, director of Bright Life Playschool in San Luis Obispo; and Jamie Sanbonmatsu, director of Valley View Children’s Center in Arroyo Grande and member of the We Are the Care Initiative—about the continuing need for child care in the community and the challenges providers face in re-opening amid the pandemic: