COSTA MESA — Now that the California budget has been passed, a local child-care program can depend on $286,000 that will help pay for teacher salaries and the rent at three Orange County locations.
Childs-pace, carried out daily at the Costa Mesa Downtown Recreational Center, between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., is among those that are going to stay open.
The program serves dozens of Westside children before and after school. Since late spring, everybody at the center has been on pins and needles trying to figure out when the money was going to come in from the state.
While some of those very children played soccer on Thursday, oblivious to how close they came from being booted from the field, Childs-pace held a news conference, with supporters calling attention to how critical it is to have a state budget passed on time.
Among those present was Kimberly Claytor, president of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, who used the opportunity to call for support for Proposition 25, the "On Time State Budget Act."