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February 5, 2023

New Childcare Mapping Tool Available For Local Parents

A recent expansion of resources for the Child Development Resource Center, a program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, has produced two interactive mapping tools that show the location of licensed child care centers and family child care homes.

One such tool, MyChildCarePlan.org, is now a statewide source of childcare information. 

These maps enable families to find and connect with their local providers, they help to highlight opportunities to add new providers to better meet families’ needs for accessible child care.

Providers are encouraged to list their business for free with the Child Development Resource Center, a one-stop source for Santa Cruz County families seeking child care. Families will then be referred to their programs. Providers also can receive help becoming licensed and get connected with resources like health and safety training, professional development, community connections and more.

Childcare providers can visit the Child Development Resource Center’s new website to add or update their business listings. They also can tap into resources and reach out to staff with questions.

For information, visit childcare.santacruzcoe.org or call 831-466-5820.

Candidate Filing for SVUSD Special Election Opens 

Candidates interested in running for the vacancy in the Scotts Valley Unified School District on the March 7, 2023 Special Election may file candidate papers with the County Elections Department through Dec. 9.

A person is eligible to be elected or appointed to the school district board if that person is:

  • 18 years of age and a citizen of the state at the time of his/her election or appointment 
  • a registered voter of the Scotts Valley Unified School District and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time nomination papers are issued to the person or at the time of the person’s appointment. 

At the time the candidate files a Declaration of Candidacy, candidates have the option of submitting a 200-word Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications to be published in the County Voter Information Guide and posted online at the candidate’s expense. 

Interested persons are encouraged to call the Elections Department at 831-454-2060.

County Wins Awards for Budget Presentation 

The County of Santa Cruz recently received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.  

In addition, the County received a Special Performance Measures Recognition for its  integration of the 2022-23 Annual Budget with the County’s Operational Plan, including metrics allowing the public to track progress on specific objectives.

“This award is validation of our continuing efforts to make budget information more accessible to the public,” County Budget Manager Marcus Pimentel said. 

GFOA considers local government budgets presentation as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and as a communications device. This is the fourth Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the County, and the first time it has won the Special Performance Measures Recognition.

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