San Diego plans to open childcare center for police officers' children

The city would become the first in the nation with a childcare center for children of police personnel

By Anne Berleant 

SAN DIEGO — A new childcare center in the works for San Diego police officers will be the first one of its kind in the country, CBS reported. 

Childcare would be available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. A childcare worker also has the option to be assigned to a police officer’s home if the officer is called in during overnight hours. 

"We've heard that a number of officers did leave the police department in the past month or two specifically because of childcare issues," Joe La Cava, a city council member, said. 

According to a University of San Diego study, the striking cost of childcare is often enough to cause a parent to quit their job.

"For two kids, you're talking about almost $34,000 a year for an infant and a toddler," said Emily Young, executive director of the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego. 

The new center would charge half the going rate and pay childcare workers 20% more than the average. 

If approved, the childcare facility would operate at police headquarters. It will still need approval from the city council. 

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