Countywide : Forums to Discuss Child Care Needs

The Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council is conducting several public forums over the next two weeks on child care needs in the county.

The hearings will give residents a chance to offer their suggestions on how the county should spend $2.7 million in federal child care funds.

"We're trying to find out what is the greatest need in the county for subsidized child care," said Nancy Claxton, a spokeswoman for the council. "We're looking for testimony on the types of programs that are needed to meet the needs of parents."

In 1993, Orange County received $2.7 million in federal child care funds out of California's total share of $97 million.

In order to continue to receive the federal money, the county must present an updated plan by June.

All of the forums will last from 4 to 7 p.m. They will take place today at the Student Services Building at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Wednesday at the Fountain Valley School District Office in Fountain Valley, and April 21 at the Anaheim Civic Center in the City Council chambers.

Written testimony is also welcome. For more information, contact Dennis Hudson, council consultant at (714) 733-2272.

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