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September 28, 2010 > Closure for a cause

Closure for a cause

Submitted By Camille Llanes-Fontanilla

Kidango, a local, State-funded child development agency, will close its 41 child development centers in 10 Bay Area cities on Wednesday, September 29 to shed light on the detrimental impacts of the record-breaking delay of the California State Budget. With the State budget now three months late, Kidango, and state funded childcare agencies across the State, are scrambling to survive as their reserves and lines of credit that have sustained them since the State stopped paying for services on July 1are quickly running out.

To bring attention to the ramifications of the budget delay, Kidango, along with 4C's Alameda County, BAHIA, Inc., Bananas, Child Care Links, Emergency Shelter Program (ESP), Estrella Family Services, Martinez Child Development Centers, Parent Voices, San Jose Day Nursery and more, took to the streets on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, in an event that Kidango termed Closure for a Cause.

Closing all its locations for one day is a drastic action, interrupting the continuity of care of over 2,000 children and their families and incurring additional costs for the agency. Closure for a Cause will begin with a march of 1,000 people along Mission Blvd. in Fremont; starting at the Fremont Sports Complex to Fremont BART, during the morning commute. These 1,000+ childcare providers, teachers, administrators, parents and children will then take the BART system to the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza & Elihu M. Harris State Building in Oakland for a noontime rally.

Closure for a Cause demonstrates to Californians what a day without childcare will look like. How many children would be impacted? How many families would suffer? How many California jobs will be lost? How much State revenue would be gone?

For more information about Closure for a Cause or Kidango, please contact Camille Llanes-Fontanilla at (408)-393-6337 or cllanes@kidango.org or www.kidango.org.

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