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[Call to Order]

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UH, WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING.

THIS IS THE LONG STANDING GATHERING OF THE THREE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, UH, IN, UH, IN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, UH, AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES, AND THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT REPRESENTATIVES.

MY NAME'S BRIDGET SHEA.

UM, WE HAVE, UM, A NUMBER OF INTERESTING ITEMS ON THE AGENDA TODAY, BUT WE'RE GONNA START WITH PUBLIC COMMENT.

IS THERE ANYONE SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT? IF NOT, WE'LL PROCEED TO THE AGENDA.

[II. Approval of Minutes]

UM, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

DOES ANYONE HAVE, UH, HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF APRIL 1ST? I APPROVAL THE SECOND.

SECOND.

UH, COMMISSIONER TRILLIAN, UH, MOVES APPROVAL.

COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER SECONDS.

ALL THOSE, ANY COMMENT? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY ALICE ALTER.

YOU'RE GONNA DO, SORRY.

NEED HIS FIRST NAME? COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON AL ALTER, NOT THE OTHER ALTAR.

UM, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? AYE.

AYE.

OPPOSED? WE'RE NOT USED TO HAVING BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

THAT'S RIGHT.

FAMILY, FAMILY MEMBERS.

I'LL JUST BE THE OTHER ALT ALTER.

THE ALTAR.

YOU GO.

ALRIGHT, THAT APPROVE, THAT PASSES WITH NO OBJECTIONS.

THE, UH, SECOND

[III. Childcare & After-School TRE Update]

ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS, UM, AN UPDATE ON CHILDCARE AND AFTERSCHOOL TRE.

AND WE HAVE SEVERAL PRESENTERS COMING DOWN.

THEY'LL INTRODUCE THEMSELVES AGAIN.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

IT'S ALRIGHT.

GOOD MORNING, ALL.

MORNING.

I'M COREY DARLING WITH TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

I'M HERE TODAY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, HILDA RIVAS, AND WE'RE HERE TODAY TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAVIS COUNTY CARES RESOLUTION, UH, TO INCREASE ACCESS TO EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER SERVICES FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

UM, THE TRAVIS COUNTY CARES INITIATIVE BUILDS ON THE WORK OF MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING, UM, MANY FOLKS HERE TODAY IN THIS ROOM, UM, INCLUDING PROVIDERS, PLANNERS, LEADERS AND ADVOCATES IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH SERVICES FIELD WHO'VE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS TO STRENGTHEN THESE SYSTEMS AND CREATE GREATER ACCESS TO CARE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, MORE SPECIFICALLY, I WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE AND CREDIT THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING PROJECT WORKING GROUP AUSTIN COHORT AND THE ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION LEARN ALL THE TIME NETWORK FOR DEVELOPING THE STRATEGIES AND MUCH OF THE CONTENT THAT WE'VE INCLUDED IN OUR PRESENTATION TODAY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OH, NOPE, STAND ON THE AGENDA SLIDE PLEASE.

PLEASE, BEFORE WE MOVE ON, I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO, UH, UH, SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER HAS BEEN THE CHIEF, UH, PERSON LEADING THIS INITIATIVE FOR, UM, ALMOST TWO YEARS.

SO I, I THINK SHE NEEDS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED ALONG WITH THE OTHER GROUPS.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

THANK YOU.

UM, FOR THE ON THE AGENDA, UM, CAN YOU GO BACK ONE SLIDE, PLEASE? I'M SORRY.

CAN YOU GO BACK? ONE SLIDE? YES.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

ON THE AGENDA, WE'LL SHARE SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

WE'LL DESCRIBE WHY INVESTMENT TO INCREASE ACCESS TO CHILDCARE IS SO IMPORTANT.

WE'LL DISCUSS THE FOUR RECOMMENDED STRATEGIES TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AND QUALITY OF CARE.

WE'LL REVIEW THE IMPACT THIS INITIATIVE WILL HAVE ON FAMILIES AND ON THE CHILDCARE SYSTEM, AND SHARE THE ESTIMATED COST OF IMPLEMENTATION.

WE'LL TOUCH ON THE BIG PICTURE PLAN RELATED TO THE ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT OF THIS INITIATIVE, AND WE'LL WRAP UP WITH DISCUSSING THE NEXT STEPS AND THE TIMELINE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, AS SOME BACKGROUND OF HOW WE GOT HERE TODAY, UM, SUCCESS BY SIX, A LOCAL COALITION LED BY UNITED WAY THAT COORDINATES EARLY CHILDHOOD EFFORTS, PARTNERED WITH THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING PROJECT, A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES TA SUPPORT TO UNDERSTAND THE GAPS IN FUNDING OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

USING THAT DATA, THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING PROJECT WORK GROUP, AUSTIN COHORT, WHOSE MEMBERS INCLUDED THE UNITED WAY EARLY MATTERS, GREATER AUSTIN, MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND TRAVIS COUNTY, HHS AND COMMISSIONER'S COURT STAFF WORKED WITH THE ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION, LEARN ALL THE TIME NETWORK TO DEVELOP, DEVELOP THE STRATEGIES WE'LL SHARE TODAY.

THESE STRATEGIES SEEK TO MAKE EARLY CHILDHOOD AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE MORE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

THEY ALSO INVEST IN QUALITY, GROW THE WORKFORCE, AND STRENGTHEN THE SYSTEM.

BUILDING ON ALL OF THIS WORK THAT HAD OCCURRED ON MAY 14TH, 2024, THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT PASSED THE TRAVIS COUNTY CARES RESOLUTION TO HOLD A TAX RATE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER OF 2024 FOR A 2.50 CENT PROPERTY TAX INCREASE TO FUND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSED STRATEGIES

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TO EXPAND ACCESS TO CARE IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO THIS SLIDE TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WHY BEHIND THIS INITIATIVE, MUCH OF THE INFORMATION I'M SURE MANY OF Y'ALL ARE AWARE OF, BUT WE KNOW THAT INVESTING IN QUALITY CHILDCARE HAS SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE IMPACTS FOR CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY.

WE KNOW THAT QUALITY CHILDCARE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN SUPPORTS HEALTHY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT DURING THE MOST CRITICAL PERIOD AND IMPROVES KINDERGARTEN READINESS, QUALITY CHILDCARE, AND AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMMING SUPPORTS CHILDREN'S SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND ONGOING POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

AND IN FAMILIES WITH ACCESS TO CARE, PARENTS ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, INCREASE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE WORKFORCE, AND IMPROVE THEIR FAMILY'S ECONOMIC STABILITY.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM A GROWING AND MORE STABLE WORKFORCE, AND THE COMMUNITY OVERALL BENEFITS FROM THE INCREASED REVENUE IN THE ECONOMY.

STUDIES SHOW THAT ONE, EVERY $1 INVESTED IN QUALITY CHILDCARE YIELDS ABOUT $9 RETURN ON INVESTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS SOME FIGURES RELATED TO THE 2.50 CENT TAX RATE INCREASE TO FUND CHILDCARE.

THIS WOULD GENERATE ABOUT $76.75 MILLION ANNUALLY AND WOULD HAVE AN ANNUAL ESTIMATED IMPACT OF $122 TO THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER.

AND I'LL PASS IT OVER TO HILDA TO COVER THE RECOMMENDED STRATEGIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE TRE BRINGS TOGETHER FOUR CAREFULLY DEVELOPED STRATEGIES FOR INVESTING THE DEDICATED FUNDING TO INCREASE ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY OF CHILDCARE.

THESE STRATEGIES WERE DEVELOPED USING GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO GROUND SOLUTIONS IN LOCAL DATA, SEEK EQUITY, LEVERAGE EXISTING ASSETS, AND TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY.

THE FOUR STRATEGIES INCLUDE EXPAND CHILDCARE SLOTS FOR BOTH EARLY CHILDHOOD AND AFTERSCHOOL SUMMER CARE, EXPAND NON-TRADITIONAL HOURS CARE, BUILD QUALITY AND CAPACITY IN BOTH EARLY CHILDHOOD AND AFTERSCHOOL SUMMER CARE.

AND FINALLY, CREATE A BUSINESS GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE.

IN THE SLIDES AHEAD, I WILL GIVE YOU A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EACH OF THESE STRATEGIES.

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THE FIRST STRATEGY INVOLVES CONTRACTED SLOTS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE.

THE INITIAL ESTIMATED IMPACT OF THIS $35 MILLION INVESTMENT IS EXPECTED TO REACH 1,878 CHILDREN BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROVIDING CARE AND THE RESULTING LACK OF SLOTS FOR THE INFANT TODDLER AGE GROUP.

THIS STRATEGY WOULD FOCUS ON PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FULL DAY YEAR ROUND CARE SLOTS FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH THROUGH AGE THREE.

THE INTENTION HERE IS TO INCENTIVIZE PROVIDERS TO CREATE ADDITIONAL CLASSROOM WITH SLOTS AND NOT MERELY SHIFT SLOTS FROM SUBSIDIZED TO CONTRACTED SLOTS.

IN ADDITION, PAYING EARLY CHILDHOOD PROVIDERS FOR CONTRACTED SLOTS WOULD INCREASE FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR PROVIDERS AND COULD RESULT IN INCREASED CASH FLOW AS PAYMENTS WILL NO LONGER BE TIED TO CHILDREN'S ATTENDANCE LIKE IT IS WITH THE SUBSIDY PROGRAM.

ALSO, LIVING WAGES FOR STAFF AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS COULD BE IMPROVED.

A KEY FEATURE OF THIS STRATEGY IS THE ABILITY TO PAY RATES THAT REFLECT THE FULL COST OF QUALITY CARE.

THESE RATES ARE BASED ON THE COST ANALYSIS THAT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE PRESENTATION.

AND JUST FOR REFERENCE, THE CURRENT WAITING LIST HAS MORE THAN 4,000 CHILDREN AND INCLUDES OVER 2000 INFANTS AND TODDLERS.

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STRATEGY ONE WOULD ALSO CREATE, UM, EXPANDED SLOTS FOR AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE.

IT WOULD CREATE A TOTAL OF 3,897 ADDITIONAL SLOTS FOR A COST, AN ANNUAL COST OF 11.4 MILLION.

THIS STRATEGY WOULD CREATE ADDITIONAL CAPACITY THROUGH NEW CONTRACTS FOR ADDITIONAL SITES, OR INVESTING IN FUNDING ADDITIONAL SLOTS AT EXISTING SITES, THE FOCUS WOULD BE TO CREATE SLOTS IN THE LEAST RESOURCED AREAS OF TRAVIS COUNTY.

THIS STRATEGY IS KEY TO ENSURING STABLE SERVICE DELIVERY AS SERVICE PROVIDERS COULD COUNT, UM, ON A MORE CONSISTENT SOURCE OF FUNDING, THEREBY ENABLING THEIR ABILITY TO PLAN SERVICES AHEAD OF TIME, BE ABLE TO OFFER HIGHER HOURLY STAFF RATES, AND HAVE THE RESOURCES TO BUILD QUALITY PROGRAMMING.

NEXT SLIDE.

OUR NEXT STRATEGY INVOLVES PROVIDING NON-TRADITIONAL HOUR CARE TO 1,407 CHILDREN WITH CONTRACTED OR SUBSIDY SLOTS.

NON-TRADITIONAL CARE INVOLVES CARE THAT'S PROVIDED DURING EARLY MORNING, EVENING, OR OVERNIGHT HOURS AND OR DURING WEEKENDS.

A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE URBAN INSTITUTE FOUND

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THAT CHILDREN FROM LOW INCOME FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO NEED NON-TRADITIONAL HOUR CARE.

AND THE SUPPLY IN TRAVIS COUNTY IS DISMAL.

MANY SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE HESITANT TO OFFER THESE SERVICES BECAUSE OF THE ADDITIONAL INCURRED OPERATING COSTS AND IN COMPARISON TO THE SUBSIDY REIMBURSEMENT RATES.

STRATEGY TWO WOULD INVOLVE INVESTING 6.4 MILLION ANNUALLY TO PROVIDE ANNUAL STIPENDS TO PARTICIPATING EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE PROVIDERS.

THIS STRATEGY COULD BENEFIT CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AS IT IS NOT SPECIFIC TO A PARTICULAR AGE GROUP.

NEXT SLIDE.

A KEY COMPONENT TO ENSURING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS INVESTMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE INVOLVES THE INCORPORATION OF INITIATIVES THAT INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS, IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PROVIDERS, AND ENSURE MORE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC MODELS.

THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING WORKING GROUP IDENTIFIED THREE AREAS OF FOCUS UNDER STRATEGY THREE.

THESE AREAS INCLUDE INVESTING IN THE EXPANSION AND ONGOING MAINTENANCE OF SHARED SERVICE HUBS, PROVIDING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT TO INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF TRAINED HOME-BASED PROVIDERS, AND PAYING FOR GAP FUNDING THAT WOULD LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD BY OFFERING ADDITIONAL PAYMENT TO EARLY CHILDHOOD PROVIDERS FOR THE SUBSIDY SLOTS, WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO USE A LOWER RE REIMBURSEMENT RATE.

TOGETHER, THESE THREE INVESTMENTS WOULD TOTAL 8.3 MILLION ANNUALLY AND COULD IMPACT AS MANY AS 300 EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE PROVIDERS.

EARLY CHILDHOOD, UM, I'M SORRY.

NEXT SLIDE.

EARLY CHILDHOOD AND AFTERSCHOOL SUMMER CARE PROVIDERS SHARE SIMILAR SYSTEMIC ISSUES AND THUS BOTH, BOTH REQUIRE INVESTMENTS IN QUALITY AND CAPACITY BUILDING.

AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE REQUIRES AN INVESTMENT OF 2.36 MILLION ANNUALLY AND COULD POTENTIALLY IMPACT AN ESTIMATED 325 AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE PROVIDERS.

THE QUALITY AND CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVES INCLUDE OFFERING COORDINATED PAID TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, IMPLEMENTING A COUNTY LEVEL DATA AND OUTCOME MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, AND DEVELOPING LOCAL QUALITY PRACTICES WHILE OFFERING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, FINDING AND ESTABLISHING CAREER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS AND IMPROVING COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

IN THE PLANNING PROCESS, IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT TO GARNER AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS IN AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY.

DUE TO THE ABSENCE OF A CENTRAL DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM, IMPROVING COLLABORATION AND COORDINATION COULD LEAD TO MAXIMIZE RESOURCES, AVOIDANCE OF DUPLICATION OF EFFORTS, AND IMPROVED COMMUNICATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND FINALLY, STRATEGY FOUR INVOLVES THE CREATION OF A BUSINESS GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE THAT INVITES BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS TO SHARE IN THE COST OF CHILDCARE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.

THIS STRATEGY ASSUMES THE MATCHING OF PUBLIC FUNDS TO PRIVATE EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS, THEREBY HELPING STRETCH PUBLIC DOLLARS.

EMPLOYERS WOULD BENEFIT BY BEING ABLE TO OFFER DISCOUNTED CHILDCARE AS AN EMPLOYER BENEFIT AND COULD POTENTIALLY REDUCE ABSENTEEISM, INCREASE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION, AND INCREASE EMPLOYEE RETENTION.

THIS STRATEGY COULD POTENTIALLY IMPACT 1,142 CHILDREN AND WOULD HAVE AN ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST OF 4.9 MILLION.

NEXT SLIDE.

AS YOU CAN SEE COLLECTIVELY ON THIS SLIDE, IT'S DIFFICULT TO ASSESS THE FULL IMPACT OF THESE FOUR STRATEGIES.

WHILE SOME OF THESE STRATEGIES CAN BE DIRECTLY LINKED TO A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF CHILDREN, OTHERS CAN ONLY BE LINKED TO THE POTENTIAL EARLY CHILDHOOD AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE PROVIDERS THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DESCRIBED MEASURES.

THE ESTIMATES PRESENTED HERE ARE CONSERVATIVE, AND I SUSPECT THAT THE FULL IMPACT MAY ONLY BECOME EVIDENT DURING PROGRAM EVALUATION MEASURES.

FOR EXAMPLE, MANY OF THE AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE PROVIDERS ALSO PARTNER WITH A VARIETY OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WHO COULD ALSO REAP THE BENEFITS OF THESE INVESTMENTS IN CAPACITY AND QUALITY BUILDING STRATEGIES.

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AND NOW I'LL PASS IT OVER TO COREY.

HERE YOU CAN SEE THE COLLECTED ANNUAL COST OF THESE STRATEGIES.

THE TOTAL ASSUMES A 12.5% COST FOR GOVERNANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND EVALUATION.

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THIS SLIDE PROVIDES A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF HOW THIS INITIATIVE WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED AND OVERSEEN.

PROPERTY TAXES WILL BE COLLECTED AND THESE FUNDS WOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO THE TRAVIS COUNTY HHS BUDGET.

TRAVIS COUNTY HHS WOULD SERVE AS THE ADMINISTRATING ADMINISTERING BODY TO DESIGN

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AND IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAMS AND THE PROPOSED IMPLEMENTATION.

SHOWN HERE.

THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD WORK WITH PURCHASING TO PROCURE AND EXECUTE CONTRACTS.

THE BLUE BOXES SHOWN ON THE SLIDE HERE ARE ONE SCENARIO FOR HOW THESE SERVICES COULD BE BUNDLED FOR PROCUREMENT.

AS AN EXAMPLE.

AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS DIAGRAM, YOU'LL SEE THE ROLES FOR THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT AND THE AUDITOR'S OFFICE IN TERMS OF OVERSIGHT FOR THIS INITIATIVE.

THE STRUCTURE ALSO INCLUDES A COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF LOCAL EXPERTS, PROVIDERS, AND PARENTS TO PROVIDE HIGH LEVEL GUIDANCE TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION ALIGNS WITH COMMUNITY VALUES AND NEEDS.

AND ALSO SHOWN HERE IS REGULAR INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE EXPENDITURES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AS COUNTY STAFF CONTINUES TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO OPERATIONALIZE AND LATER IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM, WE'LL NEED TO DO THIS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF STATE STATUTES THAT GOVERN THE AUTHORITY OF COUNTIES.

THIS MEANS THAT PROGRAMMING WILL NEED TO FOCUS ON SERVING THE INDIGENT POPULATION OR ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND, UM, I'LL ASK, I'LL, I'LL ASK THE QUESTION.

YOU JUST PUT IT INTO THE RECORD THAT WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL, THAT'S PRETTY CONSISTENT WITH WHAT YOU SEE AT TITLE I SCHOOLS.

CORRECT.

COMMISSIONER, JUST ONE TO MARK THAT UP.

THANK YOU.

THIS SLIDE PROVIDES A 10,000 FOOT VIEW OF THE NEXT STEPS IN TIMELINE.

SO STARTING AT THE TOP LEFT CORNER, ALREADY AWAY, ALREADY UNDERWAY, AND THROUGH THE SUMMER, THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING PROJECT GROUP WILL BE UNDERTAKING COMMUNITY EDUCATION.

IN THE SECOND ARROW, YOU'LL SEE THAT HHS HAS STARTED WORKING ON SEVERAL TASKS RELATED TO IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING.

SHOULD THE VOTERS APPROVE THE FUNDING FOR THIS INITIATIVE.

THE THIRD ARROW DESCRIBES HOW WE WOULD BEGIN IMPLEMENTATION.

THESE TASKS INCLUDE HIRING, STANDING UP THE ADVISORY COUNCIL, FINALIZING THE PROGRAM DESIGN AND PLANNING FOR AND BEGINNING SOLICITATIONS IN THE FOURTH AREA ERA, WE DESCRIBED THAT SERVICES WOULD BEGIN THROUGH A PHASED APPROACH AS POSSIBLE.

SOME SERVICES COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS EARLY AS SUMMER 2025.

WE EXPECT MOST SERVICES WOULD BEGIN IN LATE 2025 AND THROUGHOUT 2026.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE, UM, PROPOSED TIMELINE FOR THE NEXT STEPS AROUND THE TAX RATE ELECTION.

ON OR ON OR BEFORE JULY, 2024, THERE WILL BE A VOTING SESSION ITEM TO SET THE ELECTION SCHEDULE AND INSTRUCT THAT THE ELECTION ORDER BE PREPARED ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 13TH.

THERE WILL NEED TO IS THE LAST DAY, UM, TO ORDER THE TAX TAX RATE ELECTION.

THIS WOULD INCLUDE A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2025 TAX RATE ADOPTION OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2025 TAX RATE AND ORDERING THE TAX RATE ELECTION.

AND THEN NOVEMBER 5TH, 2024 IS ELECTION DAY.

AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION.

UM, WE'RE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, UH, MEMBERS, ANY QUESTIONS? UM, I CAN'T SEE.

ARE YOU READ? YEAH, GO AHEAD.

SORRY.

THERE NOT A QUESTION.

JUST WANTED TO, TO SAY, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU MENTIONED AT THE OUTSET, BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST, UM, THE WORK THAT MY COLLEAGUE ALLISON ALTER HAS DONE IS, IS A HUGE REASON WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY.

SO I WANT TO JUST SHARE A HUGE THANKS TO THE MANY, MANY MONTHS, UH, BUT ALSO WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY IF THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT DIDN'T TAKE THE ACTION, UH, TO MOVE FORWARD ON THIS.

AND SO THIS IS GOING TO BE, I BELIEVE, TRANSFORMATIONAL FOR OUR REGION.

AND SO I REALLY JUST WANT TO SAY OUT LOUD, THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH FOR, UH, TAKING THIS, THIS ON.

AND, YOU KNOW, THIS IS GONNA BE A BIG PROJECT.

AND, AND THE REASON WHY WE'RE ALL HERE TODAY IS SO THAT WE CAN ALL COLLABORATE AND HELP WHERE WE CAN.

AND SO, UH, IF THERE ARE ANY AREAS WHERE THE CITY OF AUSTIN CAN STEP IN AND HELP ADMINISTER OR, YOU KNOW, LEVERAGE ANY OF THE WORK WE'RE DOING, WE STAND READY AND WILLING TO, TO HELP SO THAT MORE OF THOSE DOLLARS CAN SERVE THE KIDS.

AND, AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANNA SEE.

SO I JUST WANT TO, TO THANK ALL THAT THAT HELPED US GET HERE AND EXCITED TO SEE WHERE, WHERE WE GO FORWARD.

THANK YOU, MR. ALLISON .

I MEAN, COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO WE OFTEN IN THIS, UM, COMMITTEE SORT OF WONDER LIKE, WHAT ARE WE DOING? WHAT ARE WE ACCOMPLISHING? UM, AND YOU KNOW, I WANNA JUST GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY SO THAT WE REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, UM, FIRST OF ALL, THEIR EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL'S BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES.

IT'S NOW LED BY, UM, KATHY MCC COURSE, WHO WAS PART OF THEIR, THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING PROJECT COHORT WITH ME.

BUT AT, AT THE TIME, DURING COVID, WHEN WE REALLY BEGAN,

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I THINK AS THIS COMMITTEE TO SAY, OKAY, OUR CHILDCARE SYSTEM IS COLLAPSING.

WHAT DO WE, WHAT DO WE DO? UM, KATHY WAS A PARTNER, BUT, UH, COMMISSIONER ILIAN AND I, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO, UM, AND, UM, TRUSTEE BOSWELL, WHO WAS THEN ON THE COMMITTEE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE GOT TOGETHER AND CREATED AN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND CHILDCARE GENERALLY, UM, NOT JUST EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKING GROUP TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WAS IT THAT WE NEEDED, WHAT THAT, WHAT WE WERE SEEDING, WHAT WE, WHAT WAS NEEDED IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND WHAT OUR STRATEGIES NEEDED TO BE.

UM, AND FROM THAT GROUP, THE CITY MADE, UM, AN $11 MILLION INVESTMENT WITH ARPA WHO MADE A $1 MILLION, UM, INVESTMENT WITH CARES.

UM, THE COUNTY MADE SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF INVESTMENT INTO CHILDCARE WITH THOSE FUNDS.

AND THOSE FUNDS WERE PUT TO WORK WITH AN EYE TO, UM, KEEP THIS ECOSYSTEM GOING DURING COVID.

UM, AND I, AND I MENTIONED THIS BECAUSE IT WAS THOSE THINGS THAT WE FUNDED AND HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS AND FIGURING OUT, UM, WORKING WITH UNITED WAY AND FIGURING OUT WHERE THE, THAT LED TO THE SEEDS OF FIGURING OUT WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THE NON-TRADITIONAL HOUR CARE, THE SHARED SERVICES FOR THE BUSINESSES, TRYING TO GET PEOPLE'S WAGES UP, ALL OF THOSE CAME OUT OF PILOTS THAT WE SAW WORKED.

UM, AND THAT WORK CAME OUT OF THIS COMMITTEE AND THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, I REALLY WANTED TO UNDERSCORE THAT BECAUSE, UM, WE DO SOMETIMES QUESTION, OKAY, WELL, WHY ARE WE GETTING TOGETHER? AND IT'S THE RELATIONSHIPS AND IT'S THE CONVERSATIONS AND IT'S SEATING OF, OF THESE PIECES.

AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, WITH THAT WORK BEHIND US, UM, ONCE WE FIGURED OUT THAT THIS REALLY NEEDED TO BE A COUNTY, THEN THE COUNTY COULD THEN UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF JUDGE BROWN AND, AND, AND JEFF ILIAN AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE WHOLE COURT COULD TAKE THIS ON KNOWING THAT WE HAD THEIR BACKS AND THAT WE WOULD BE PUSHING FORWARD.

AND, AND I JUST THINK IT'S, THIS IS COLLECTIVELY SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL, UH, BE PROUD OF.

UM, I WANTED TO ALSO JUST FLAG THAT FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN, UM, KATHY MCCORT IS LEADING THE CAMPAIGN WITH AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE NOW.COM, AND YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND BE, BE PART OF TALKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT WE KNOW, WHICH IS THIS IS AN INVESTMENT THAT'S REALLY, REALLY, UM, IMPORTANT.

UM, AND THEN FINALLY, I DID HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS ON THE NEXT STEPS AT THE COUNTY WITH RESPECT TO VOTES THAT HAVE TO HAPPEN.

COULD YOU JUST GO A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL INTO THE VOTES? BECAUSE THE INITIAL VOTE, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WAS TO MOVE FORWARD, UM, YOU KNOW, TO PUT ALL THE MATERIAL TOGETHER, BUT THERE STILL NEED TO BE SOME OTHER VOTES CAN, SO CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THOSE VOTES ARE AND WHEN THEY WILL HAPPEN? I'LL DO MY BEST AND I'LL LOOK TO PILAR TO, TO CHIME IN.

UM, SO WE ARE WORKING FOR, UM, TO HAVE ANOTHER, UH, UPDATE TO THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT ON JUNE 25TH AND WORKING ON THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT THAT VOTE WILL NEED TO INCLUDE.

I THINK THERE'LL BE A VOTE THERE.

AND THEN BEYOND THAT, THERE WILL BE TWO NEXT.

UM, THERE WILL ALSO NEED TO BE THE INSTRUCTING THAT THE ELECTION ORDER BE PREPARED, AND THEN THE ACTUAL ORDERING OF THE TAX RATE ELECTION.

SO, SO, SO WE'LL BE WORKING WITH OUR COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TO MAKE SURE, UH, THAT THE LANGUAGE IS APPROPRIATE AND THAT THE TIMING IS APPROPRIATE AS WELL.

UH, SO WE HAVE STAFF WORKING ON THE POLICY SIDE, UH, BUT WE HAVE OUR LEGAL TEAM WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MEET ALL OF THE STATE STANDARDS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO CALL AN ELECTION.

SO, YEAH, UM, I WOULD KEEP THE, UM, JUNE 25TH DATE IN MIND.

UM, IF WE CAN MOVE UP THE ELECTION ORDER TO THAT DATE, UM, WE WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT.

UM, BUT JUST LIKE COMMISSIONER TURIN JUST SAID, WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT LEGALLY WE'RE, WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING THAT'S REQUIRED BEFORE WE CAN, BEFORE THE COMMISSIONERS CAN ORDER THE ELECTION.

UM, AND THEN IF THAT HAPPENED ON JUNE 25TH, THEN THE HEARING WOULD MOVE UP TO JULY.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST TWO STEPS THERE COULD POSSIBLY MOVE UP ONE MONTH, BUT, BUT WE KNOW THAT, UH, THESE ITEMS WILL, UH, SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN POVERTY.

AND, AND THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DOT ALL OF OUR I'S AND CROSS ALL OF OUR T'S BEFORE WE PUT SOMETHING IN PLACE, UH, THAT OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL MIGHT NOT LIKE.

UH, HE DOESN'T LIKE STUFF THAT HELPS POOR PEOPLE USUALLY.

SO, UH, SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO, UH, EVERYTHING THE RIGHT WAY.

AND, AND IF I, IF I CAN, MADAM CHAIR, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO ADD JUST A COUPLE COMMENTS.

UM, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN AS A PLACE, I THINK I NEED TO TALK LOUDER, SO AL JACKSON

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WON'T WALK IN HERE , BUT, BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A CITY, UH, THAT SUFFERS, UH, FROM HIGH LEVELS OF ECONOMIC SEGREGATION.

AND WE'VE GOT SOME OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HERE AND SOME OF THE POOREST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HERE.

AND OFTENTIMES, OUR POOR PEOPLE HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME GETTING ACCESS TO THE SERVICES THAT ARE NECESSARY, UH, SO THAT THEY CAN GET THE EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO MOVE INTO THE WORKFORCE.

I THINK THAT THIS IS A WAY TO ADDRESS INEQUITY IN, IN A VERY POSITIVE FORM.

UH, IF WE ARE LOOKING AT EARLY CHILDCARE, ZERO TO SIX, BUT WE'RE ALSO LOOKING INTO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

WHAT WE SEE IN PRE-K UH, THROUGH 12 IS, YOU KNOW, SCHOOL IS MANDATORY IN TEXAS.

SO HOW CAN WE SERVE KIDS AT THOSE SCHOOLS IN A WAY THAT ADDRESSES THEIR NEEDS? UH, YOU KNOW, THERE, THERE ARE WAYS FOR US TO PARTNER WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK TO MAKE SURE THAT SOME OF OUR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS ARE ALSO FOOD PANTRIES.

WE'VE, THAT DISCUSSION IS ONGOING RIGHT NOW THAT, THAT OUR KIDS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THESE PROGRAMS, MM-HMM, WOULD'VE BETTER ACCESS TO FOOD AS WELL.

UH, THAT WE HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO CENTRAL HEALTH AND INTEGRAL CARE ABOUT HOW WE WORK IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR KIDS THERE.

WE THINK THAT THIS CREATES A, A REAL VEHICLE TO PROVIDE MORE SUSTAINABLE SERVICES THERE.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR WAITING LISTS, OFTENTIMES YOU SEE THAT, UH, WE'VE GOT CHILDREN ON WAITING LISTS IN MANY INSTANCES BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TEACHERS TO WORK WITH THEM.

AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY, UH, TO ENCOURAGE AND TRAIN AND CERTIFY, UH, CHILDCARE PROVIDERS AND TEACHERS, UH, SO THAT WE, SO THAT WE CAN GET MORE, MORE CONSISTENT SERVICES.

UH, BUT THE IMPORTANT THING FOR ME IS TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHY WE'RE WORKING IN A TITLE ONE ENVIRONMENT, THAT WE ARE REALLY ARE ADDRESSING, UH, THE ISSUES THAT OCCUR AROUND OUR COMMUNITIES THAT, THAT ARE, THAT ARE EXISTING IN POVERTY, THAT WE GIVE THE, THAT WE PROVIDE THE RESOURCES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO WORK THEIR WAY UP INTO THE SYSTEM AND TO, AND TO ULTIMATELY BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A LOT OF THOSE THINGS THAT DEFINE AUSTIN IN SUCH A POSITIVE WAY.

AND MAYBE WE CAN REALLY BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC INEQUITY AND ECONOMIC SEGREGATION, UH, THAT EXISTS TOO MUCH IN THIS COMMUNITY.

SO, DON'T GET ME STARTED.

, UM, TRUSTEE, UH, .

IT'S ON, IT'S ON ALL THE TIME.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WELL, IN ADDITION TO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, UH, COMMISSIONER TRILLIAN, UM, SINCE WE ARE THE, UM, THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF ALL THREE ENTITIES, UM, I'D LIKE US TO ALSO EVEN GO A LITTLE DEEPER AND HOW DOES THIS ALIGN? HOW CAN WE, UM, ALSO KEEP IN MIND AS WE'RE, UM, AS WE'RE BEGINNING TO GET MORE ASSISTANCE TO OUR FAMILIES IN TITLE ONE SCHOOLS, TO, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE GOING INTO PUBLIC EDUCATION? YOU KNOW, UH, I DUNNO AT WHAT PART, WHAT POINT WE CAN BEGIN DOING THAT, BUT, YOU KNOW, LET'S BUILD STRONGER SCHOOLS TOGETHER, UH, FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION.

UM, ALSO, UM, MENTAL HEALTH AS, AS WE BEGIN TRAINING PEOPLE FOR THESE, UH, CHILDCARE CENTERS, YOU KNOW, THEY NEED TO BE TRAINED ALSO, YOU KNOW, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S, IF WE CAN CREATE THAT CULTURE FROM THE BEGINNING TO AS THEY COME INTO SCHOOLS, THAT IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT BECOMES A NORM FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH OUR, WITH OUR CHILDREN, OUR STUDENTS.

UM, SO, SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS I, I JUST LIKE US TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE CREATE, AS, YOU KNOW, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT HOW DO WE ALIGN WHAT WE'RE DOING AS A COLLECTIVE AND, AND, AND STRENGTHENING THE AREAS THAT EACH OF US, UM, COULD SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

GREAT.

LET, LEMME JUST SAY FOR THE RECORD, I, I AGREE THAT, YOU KNOW, THE, YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE, UM, ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR, OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

BUT, BUT I THINK THIS, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE, UH, SCHOOLING IS REQUIRED.

IT IS COMPULSORY.

MM-HMM.

.

SO I, I THINK THAT THE LAR THE, IN, IN MANY SMALL CITIES, THE LARGEST PUBLIC, UH, THE LARGEST PUBLIC ENTITY, THE LARGEST AREA OF PUBLIC INFLUENCE IS THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

IF YOU GO, IF YOU GO TO AADE, ADELE VALLEY, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY

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DON'T HAVE A CITY COUNCIL, BUT THEY HAVE A SCHOOL DISTRICT.

AND, AND, UH, SO I, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO GO TO THE, UH, COMMON DENOMINATOR IN A COMMUNITY.

MM-HMM.

, AND I THINK IN MANY INSTANCES, PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

WITH THAT, ARE THERE OTHER QUESTIONS? YEAH.

UH, TRUSTEE CHAIR, WHAT DO I CALL YOU? WHAT'S THE RIGHT TITLE? PRESIDENT.

PRESIDENT.

SURE.

, MADAM PRESIDENT, MADAM PRESIDENT, WHATEVER.

UM, THANK YOU.

UM, I JUST WANNA FIRST ADD TO THE COURSE OF APPRECIATION FOR, UH, COUNCILMAN MEMBER ALTER, ALLISON ALTER FOR, FOR LEADING THIS AND TO THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT FOR SUPPORTING THIS.

UM, I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL HERE, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT, UM, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THIS AS A BENEFIT FOR THE CURRENT EMPLOYEES, UM, SO THAT THEY CAN WORK.

BUT FOR ME, IT'S SO MUCH ABOUT THE KIDS THAT ARE GONNA BENEFIT FROM ALL OF THIS, LIKE ALL OF THESE SERVICES, AND REALLY SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS.

AND, UM, THAT, THAT'S THE PART THAT EXCITES ME THE MOST.

AND THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT IS, IS REALLY HUGE, UM, FOR EARLY C CHILD, FOR HIGH QUALITY EARLY CHILDCARE.

SO, EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

I DID WANNA ASK, THOUGH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT, UM, IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS, UM, REGARDING CHILDCARE FOR TEACHERS, AND I DON'T KNOW IF THEY WOULD QUALIFY.

I, I DID NOTICE THAT THERE'S AN INDIGENT POPULATION, UM, SORT OF METRIC THAT YOU'RE USING IS, UH, FAMILIES WITH HOUSEHOLD INCOMES ORAH AT 250% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES.

SO I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF WE KNEW WHAT THAT TRANSLATED TO IN TERMS OF ACTUAL NUMBERS, UM, SO WE CAN START THINKING ABOUT WHICH OF OUR STAFF MIGHT BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

YEAH.

WHOEVER WANTS TO, TO ANSWER THAT.

BUT, UM, I, I'LL JUST SAY I'VE HAD SIMILAR KINDS OF QUESTIONS, AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS, UM, THAT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY THIS IS A MULTI FOCUSED, UM, EFFORT, WHICH INCLUDES WORKFORCE, UM, DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

BECAUSE WE'RE HAVING, WE'RE HAVING PROBLEMS EVERYWHERE, FILLING JOBS BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD CHILDCARE, SO THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO COME FILL THE JOBS THAT WE NEED FILL.

SO THAT'S PART OF MY UNDERSTANDING.

BUT WHO WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO THAT? SO I, I RECENTLY SAW, DO YOU WANNA INTRODUCE YOURSELF? I'M SORRY.

KILAR SANCHEZ COUNTY EXECUTIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

I RECENTLY SAW A PRESENTATION, UM, I THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BY, UM, A ISD ABOUT HOW, UH, A LARGE NUMBER OF, UH, PERSONNEL A ISD PERSONNEL QUALIFY FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND THE, THE THRESHOLDS ARE VERY SIMILAR, UH, FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND SO I THINK THAT, UM, IT'S THE SAME.

SO I THINK A LOT OF YOUR, YOUR PERSONNEL WOULD QUALIFY.

UM, AND IT'S ALSO, WE WANNA KEEP IN MIND THAT THE COUNTY'S CURRENT THRESHOLD FOR OUR SERVICES IS AT 250% OF FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL, BUT THE STATES, UM, THRESHOLD FOR THE CURRENT CHILDCARE SYSTEM IS HIGHER THAN THAT AT 85% OF STATE MEDIUM INCOME.

AND SO THERE IS, UM, SOME OPPORTUNITY TO, TO, UM, TO ADJUST THAT IF WE NEEDED TO.

UM, SO LONG AS WE STAYED WITHIN WHAT EITHER LOCALLY WE DEFINE AS LOW INCOME, THE STATE OR THE FEDERAL, UH, GUIDELINES, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEFINES LOW INCOME AS 80% OF A MI MM-HMM.

, WHICH IS ABOUT 75,000 HERE IN TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND THAT, UH, FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR, UH, I'LL JUST SAY, AND THEN I'VE ASKED OUR, UM, HHS STAFF TO ALSO SPEAK TO THIS.

THAT IS ONE OF THE POLICY THAT'S ONE OF THE MANY POLICY DECISIONS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE AS A COMMISSIONER'S COURT TO HAVE CLEAR GUIDELINES SO THERE AREN'T MURKY, UNCLEAR WHO QUALIFIES, YOU KNOW, WHO'S ELIGIBLE FOR THIS.

SO THERE ARE, UH, WE SHOULD START A LIST.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT POLICY DECISIONS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE, UM, IN ORDER TO HAVE CLEAR COMMUNICATION, UH, ABOUT THIS TRE.

YEAH.

UH, LET ME SEE IF WE CAN GET OUR STAFF TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION AS WELL.

UM, JUST TO GIVE SOME SPECIFIC NUMBERS.

SO FOR 250% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR, THAT'S A MONTHLY INCOME OF $6,500, OR A YEARLY INCOME OF 78,000 ANNUAL FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR 78,000.

AND THEN THE 85% OF FEDERAL, IS THAT, WHAT WAS IT, 85, UH, P OR 80 MM-HMM.

, UH, 70, UH, 85 FOR STATE MEDIAN INCOME.

MM-HMM.

, DO WE KNOW WHAT THAT IS? YES.

SO FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR 85% OF STATE MEDIUM INCOME IS $7,300, AND

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THE YEARLY INCOME IS $87,700.

87,700.

YEAH.

AND I ROUNDED A LITTLE BIT.

UH, I, I WOULD BE WILLING TO, UH, TO, UH, WORK WITH OUR COUNTY ATTORNEY TO SEE IF THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS, UH, FOR TEACHERS, UH, TO ASK SPECIFICALLY WHETHER WE COULD PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS SO THAT IF THEY TAUGHT IN THE PROGRAM OR TAUGHT IN THE SYSTEM, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN PARTICIPATE AS WELL.

UM, I'LL, I'LL SPECIFICALLY ASK THAT, THAT BE INVESTIGATED.

AND CAN WE, UH, WHO WOULD BE THE CHIEF PERSON KEEPING TRACK OF THESE POLICY QUESTIONS? OKAY.

MM-HMM.

, BECAUSE, UM, THAT'S ONE WE'D NEED TO, TO AGAIN, NAIL DOWN.

AND MY UNDERSTANDING WHEN WE WERE HAVING SOME OF THESE DISCUSSIONS PREVIOUSLY IS THAT IF THIS IS DONE UNDER, UM, STATE LAWS PERTAINING TO WORKFORCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INDIGENCY, THAT WE HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY.

BUT IF WE HAVE THAT FLEXIBILITY, WE ALSO HAVE TO BE REALLY CLEAR SO EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THE, WHAT THE GUIDELINES ARE.

SO THERE'LL BE A LOT OF WORK FOR OUR ATTORNEYS TO, TO COVER.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

WE'LL KEEP 'EM BUSY THE REST OF THE YEAR.

YEAH, WE, YEAH, WE TOTALLY WILL.

UM, WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANTED TO ADD? NO, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU.

I WANTED TO JUST ADD A COUPLE THINGS IN, IN, IN RESPONSE TO SOME OF THE QUESTIONS.

UM, TRUSTEE ZAPATA, YOU ASKED ABOUT KIND OF INCORPORATING IT SO PEOPLE, UM, GO INTO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

WHEN WE DID THE CHILDREN'S FUNDING PROJECT, WE REALLY FOCUSED ON ZERO TO THREE BECAUSE WE HAVE A GOOD ENROLLMENT OF, OF, OF PRE-K FOUR, UM, IN OUR SCHOOLS.

AND PART OF, BY HAVING THE, THE STUDENTS WITHIN THE SYSTEM AND HAVING THE SHARED SERVICES AND HAVING KIND OF THE, THE LARGER UMBRELLA, THERE'LL BE MECHANISMS TO GET THOSE THREE YEAR OLDS TO GO INTO THE, TO THE 4K.

AND PART OF THE REASON WE HAVE TO DO THE SUBSIDIZING IS THAT WHEN WE DID 4K, WE CANNIBALIZED OUR ZERO TO THREE POPULATION.

UM, BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT SYSTEM IN PLACE AND WE'RE BUILDING TO STRENGTHEN THE SYSTEM FROM WHERE WE ARE, UM, PART OF THE GOAL WOULD THEN BE TO GET FOLKS ENROLLED INTO THE, TO THE 4K PROGRAMS. UM, THERE'S ALSO A LOT OF FLEXIBILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTRACTED SLOTS, UM, MOVING FORWARD, HOW THOSE PLAY OUT AND HOW THOSE PARTNER WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, WHETHER IT'S THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, WHETHER IT'S GOODWILL, WHETHER IT'S A CC, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW IS THAT IF YOU CAN GUARANTEE THEM SOME OF THESE SUBSIDY SLOTS, THEN THEY CAN KNOW THAT THEY CAN PLAN ON ANOTHER CLASSROOM IN PARTICULAR WAYS.

UM, AND THEY CAN EXPAND THE ACCESS AND THE CAPACITY, EVEN IF IT'S NOT SUBSIDIZED FOR OTHER KIDS, WHICH IS PART OF THE, THE PROBLEM.

AND SO THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY WHEN YOU GET TO THE, TO THE TIME THAT YOU'RE DESIGNING HOW YOU'RE DIVVYING UP THE CONTRACTS.

YOU CAN SAY, WE HAVE A PROGRAM AT GOODWILL THAT'S PART OF OUR WORKFORCE PROGRAM, OR WE HAVE A, A PROGRAM THROUGH CAPITAL IDEA THAT'S PART OF OUR WORKFORCE PROGRAM, AND WE WANNA SAY THAT A CERTAIN NUMBER OF THESE SLOTS WE'RE GONNA MAKE TO HELP THEM GET THEIR BASE NUMBER SO THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD.

AND I KNOW IN OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH A ISD, SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF CONVERTING CLASSROOMS, SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF HAVING THE CHILDCARE BE ABLE THERE IS THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN THRESHOLD TO BE ABLE TO HIRE THE TEACHER, UM, AND THEN TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE CLASSROOM.

AND SO, DEPENDING ON HOW THAT WORKS OUT, IF, IF WE ARE STRATEGIC ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CONTRACTS, AND WE WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AS THAT'S DEVELOPED NOW, THAT DOESN'T HAVE TO ALL BE SET IN STONE BEFORE THE TRE IN NOVEMBER, BUT THOSE CONVERSATIONS HAVE TO HAPPEN SO THAT WE'RE LEVERAGING, 'CAUSE WE NEED SPACE TOO.

I MEAN, WE'RE NOT CREATING, WE'RE NOT CREATING SPACES WITH THIS.

WE ARE RELYING ON EXISTING, UM, PROVIDERS OR OUR PARTNERS TO CREATE SPACES IN THEIR PLACES, BUT THEY NEED THE FUNDING FOR THE KIDS TO DO THAT.

AND SO HOW THAT GETS LEVERAGED OVER TIME DEPENDS ON HOW YOU, UM, DEAL WITH THOSE CONTRACTED SLOTS.

UM, I LOVE YOUR IDEA, COMMISSIONER TVI, OF HAVING THE EXCEPTION FOR THE TEACHERS.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE BOTH FOR THE CHILDCARE PROVIDERS AND THE TEACHERS, AND, AND YOU MAY WANT TO SEE WHETHER THERE'S, YOU KNOW, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COUNTY OR CITY EMPLOYEES OR, OR SOME, SOME OPPORTUNITIES, UM, TO THINK ABOUT THAT CREATIVELY.

I DON'T, I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

UM, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT MAYBE THIS BODY PLAN THAT AT OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING, THAT WE HAVE A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE TRE IF WE'RE, IF WE'RE, IF WE CAN DO THAT AFTER IT'S ON THE BALLOT, I'M NOT SURE WHETHER WE CAN WEAND FROM OUR LEGAL, I THINK THERE'S A REALLY STARK FIRM BOUNDARY LINE, RIGHT? I DON'T KNOW THAT FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BE ENDORSING, UM, BALLOT ITEMS, YOU CAN EDUCATE, YOU CAN'T DO THE POLITICS.

OKAY.

SO YOU, SO IT'S NOT, YOU CAN SAY WHAT IT IS, IT'S NOT NOT CLEAR.

YOU CAN SAY WHAT IT DOES, YOU CAN SAY WHO IT COVERS.

UM, BUT YOU CAN'T SAY, YOU

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CAN'T SAY WE SUPPORT IT.

I UNDERSTAND.

RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WITH THE, WITH THE TIMING.

SO LIKE, IF IT WAS BEFORE YOU VOTE ON IT AND BEFORE YOU PUT IT ON THE BALLOT, WE COULD SAY, YEAH, WE PROB WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T LET US.

NO.

IT'S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE.

OKAY.

YEAH.

OUR, OUR LAWYERS ARE VERY STRICT ON THAT.

AND I THINK WE HAVE TO VOTE BY JULY.

OKAY.

THAT'LL BE, THAT'LL BE AUGUST TO PUT IT TO PUT THE PUBLIC NOTICE OUT.

WE'VE GOT AN EARLY DEADLINE, SO IT WOULD BE BEFORE SEPTEMBER.

OKAY.

THAT MAKES THAT WE, WE HAVE TO TAKE OFFICIAL ACTION.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

I WAS, I WAS THINKING IT WAS BEFORE THE, BEFORE THE VOTE, BUT YEAH, THAT ABSOLUTELY, THAT ABSOLUTELY, UM, MAKES SENSE.

UM, AND I WANNA REITERATE WHAT MY COLLEAGUE, UM, RYAN ALTER SAID, IF THERE ARE THINGS, UM, THAT THE CITY CAN BE HELPFUL WITH OR OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL, WHICH IS ALSO JOINT, WHICH TRAVIS COUNTY, AS I UNDERSTAND IT CAN BE HELPFUL WITH IN THE PROCESS, UM, MOVING FORWARD.

WE DO HAVE, WE DO ALSO HAVE STAFF WHO FOCUS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD.

UM, IF THERE QUESTIONS OR THINGS THAT JUST WITH THE TIMEFRAME YOU NEED ADDITIONAL BANDWIDTH, UM, PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO ASK US IF WE CAN HELP.

WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THE COUNTY, UM, TAKING THE LEAD, UM, AND THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT IN PARTICULAR, UM, FOR SAYING THAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THOSE FEW TIMES, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU CAN JUST KNOW THAT IT'S GONNA MAKE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT.

AND SO I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE, UM, YOUR ALL LEADERSHIP ON THAT AND, AND MOVING THAT FORWARD AND GIVING OUR COMMUNITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THIS.

I'LL BACK AT YOU.

UM, YOU HAD A QUESTION, UM, TRUSTEE.

YEAH.

AND I KNOW WE ALWAYS KIND OF RUN OVER, I WAS JOKING EARLIER THAT, UH, WE ALL LIKE TO TALK, UM, BUT I'LL MAKE MINE BRIEF.

UM, SO A COUPLE OF THINGS.

UM, UH, AS, AS THE ATTORNEYS ARE KIND OF LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, HOW TO MAKE THE LANGUAGE WORK, UM, EITHER FOR TEACHERS OR, YOU KNOW, MAYBE EVEN LOOKING AT PUBLIC SERVICE, UM, EMPLOYEES, YOU KNOW, I, I WOULD LOVE TO KIND OF HEAR, HEAR HOW THAT EVOLVES.

UM, 'CAUSE YEAH, SADLY, EVEN STATE EMPLOYEES, RIGHT? QUALIFY FOR WIC AND FOR OTHER, UM, PUBLIC, UM, PROGRAMS, UM, FOR WHICH WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PAY THEM MORE, RIGHT? BUT AGAIN, AND THAT, THAT'S FOR ANOTHER DAY.

UM, THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO MENTION IS SOMEWHAT RELATED.

UM, SO, UH, PROVIDING, UH, ADULTS WITH ACCESS TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, UM, UH, I REALLY LOVED WHAT YOU SAID EARLIER, COMMISSIONER TRIVI AROUND THE, THE INITIAL, UM, KIND OF TARGET POPULATION AND, AND REALLY HELPING PEOPLE LIFT THEMSELVES UP THROUGH ACCESS.

UM, AND SO ALONG THOSE SAME LINES, UM, I DIDN'T SEE IT IN THE MATERIALS.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT DOESN'T EXIST, BUT, UM, I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO KIND OF SEE, UM, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, YOU KNOW, AS THIS EVOLVES, UM, AROUND TWO GENERATION SUPPORTS.

AND I KNOW THAT'S KIND OF COME UP OVER THE MONTHS, UM, AND PROBABLY OVER THE, THE LAST YEAR OR SO.

UM, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE, SO FOR ME, ONE CONCRETE EXAMPLE WOULD BE, UM, FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, RIGHT? WE REALLY FOCUSING ON THIRD GRADE READING, RIGHT? AND HOW DO WE GET OUR KIDDOS, UM, TO MEET AND EXCEED THE, THOSE STANDARDS.

ALL OF THAT STARTS FROM BIRTH AND PRE-BIRTH, RIGHT? WE ALL KNOW THIS, BUT WHEN I THINK ABOUT TWO GENERATION SUPPORTS, I, IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT TRUSTEE SA SAID AND WHAT, UM, THE GROUP HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN THAT MORE SUPPORT THAT THE ADULTS HAVE, THE BETTER THAT THE KIDS WILL BE, THE MORE ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE, THE LESS STRESSFUL IN THE LONG TERM THAT THE ADULTS WILL BE.

RIGHT? AND IT BECOMES A CYCLE OF LIKE LIFTING PEOPLE UP.

UM, SO I'D LOVE TO, TO HEAR MORE ABOUT LIKE, JUST TWO GENERATION, UM, APPROACHES.

AND THEN THE OTHER THING IS, UM, JUST A, A QUICK SHOUT OUT TO, UM, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, UM, PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS.

UM, SO AT PS ELEMENTARY, RIGHT? WE HAVE AN EARLY CHILDCARE PROGRAM, UM, THANKS TO OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHERS.

UM, SO I THINK ABOUT, UM, WHAT, UM, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTER WAS, UH, SAYING WITH RESPECT TO LOCATION, RIGHT? SO LIKE, THESE FUNDS AREN'T GOING TO BUILD PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

UM, AND SO THEN AGAIN, THOSE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF US TO WORK TOGETHER, UM, TO SEE, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE LOCATIONS THAT MAKE SENSE? AND THAT KIND OF LEADS PERFECTLY INTO, AGAIN, THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HELPING FAMILIES FEEL LIKE THEY'RE PART OF A ISD FROM DAY ONE, RIGHT? WE'RE GONNA HELP YOU, WE'RE GONNA HELP YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE ALL OF THESE, UM, GOVERNMENTAL BODIES ARE WORKING TOGETHER AND STRONGER KIDS, STRONGER FAMILIES, RIGHT? ALL OF IT'S CONNECTED.

UM, AND THEN THE LAST THING IS MORE ANECDOTAL, UM, AND REALLY JUST WANNA ECHO AND, AND SUPPORT, UM, COMMISSIONER TRI PAVILION, THE, THE FOCUS ON, YOU KNOW, FAMILIES WHO WOULD, UM, HAVE CHILDREN WHO GO TO TITLE ONE SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES WHO ARE COMING FROM, UM, LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES AND LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, IS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, I, I SEE,

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UH, I SEE THESE STRATEGIES AND I THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, FIRST OF ALL, WHAT MY KIDS HAVE ACCESS TO AND WHAT OTHER CHILDREN MIGHT HAVE ACCESS TO.

SO, UM, I SAID I WAS GONNA BE SHORT.

I'LL TRY, UM, .

UM, SO MY KIDS HAPPEN TO GO TO A, UM, SCHOOL WITH A PLURALITY OF LOW INCOME STUDENTS.

SO WE HAVE ACCESS TO ONSITE CHILDCARE, WHICH I'M INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR AS A, UM, MY, MY CHILDREN'S OTHER PARENT ISN'T ABLE TO, TO PARTICIPATE.

AND, UM, SO IT'S ME.

UM, AND SO THAT ONSITE CHILDCARE IS TREMENDOUSLY HELPFUL, AND THAT'S THAT I HAVE ACCESS TO SOCIAL CAPITAL AND RIGHT.

ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS.

AND SO LONG STORY SHORT, WHEN MY KIDS AND MYSELF, WHEN I AM ABLE TO BE IN THOSE COM, THOSE COMMUNITIES AND THOSE FAMILIES, WE REALLY LEARN AND SHARE FROM EACH OTHER, RIGHT? AND SO THE SOCIAL CAPITAL THAT I HAVE IS THEN SHARED AND THE THINGS THAT I NEED TO LEARN FROM OTHER FAMILIES WHO, UM, ACCESS, WHO, WHO ARE LIVING IN, IN POVERTY, YOU KNOW, WE LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.

SO I REALLY, I, I LOVE THE IDEA ABOUT SERVING TEACHERS.

I, I LOVE THE IDEA OF LIKE, HOW DO WE SERVE PUBLIC, UM, SERVICE EMPLOYEES? AND I REALLY, I I WANT US TO REMEMBER ULTIMATELY WHERE WOULD WE HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT? AND IT WOULD BE ON FAMILIES WHO AREN'T CURRENTLY EMPLOYED, IN MY MIND.

YES.

UM, SO MADAM CHAIR, IF I, YEAH.

AND THEN I NEED TO DO A TIME CHECK AND UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH TIME WE'VE ALLOTTED FOR THE OTHER ITEMS. I DON'T, IT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA AND I'M NOT CLEAR IN MY OWN MIND, BUT I'LL, I'LL USE, I'LL USE MY FAST NEW YORK COURSE .

ALRIGHT? UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE WORK OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE AND WE TALK ABOUT TWO GENERATION, I MEAN, THIS IS THE CORE OF TWO GENERATION.

YOU'RE TRYING TO CREATE SAFE, SAFE LEARNING SPACES FOR CHILDREN WHILE THEIR PARENTS ARE WORKING OR TRAINING TO GET BETTER JOBS.

SO THE FUNDAMENTAL CORE IS THE TWO GENERATION PROGRAM.

UH, SOMETHING THAT WE STARTED LOOKING AT, UH, WITH THE AUSTIN PROJECT THAT, UH, THAT THE, THAT AUSTIN VOICES INHERITED FROM IT.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS, THESE, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

UH, BUT THEN THERE ARE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE ALIGNED AS WELL.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE COUNTY HAS DONE WITH LOCAL WORKFORCE OVER THE LAST THREE FISCAL YEARS, 5.4 MILLION ONE YEAR, 5.7, THE NEXT 7.4, THE NEXT, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING, UH, THAT PEOPLE CAN ONLY WORK WHEN THEY KNOW THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE IN SAFE STRUCTURED PLACES.

SO, SO WE ARE RIGHT AT THE TWO GENERATION, UH, PROCESS.

AND, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UH, TEACHERS, OFTENTIMES, UH, TEACHERS HAVE, IF, IF THEY DON'T HAVE GOOD CHILDCARE FOR THEIR KIDS, UH, THEY CAN'T STAY AROUND SCHOOL, THEY GET SECOND JOBS.

UH, WE WANT MORE TEACHERS TO BE INTERESTED IN DOING THIS SO THAT THEY CAN, UH, SO THAT THEIR CHILDREN CAN PARTICIPATE.

BUT WE CAN GET, UH, SEASONED TEACHERS AS WELL.

THAT WAS MY NEW YORK VOICE, .

I COULDN'T TELL IT FROM YOUR TEXAS VOICE, REALLY.

I DID CHECK MOFFITT, AND SHE INDICATED THAT HER, HER PORTION COULD BE SOMEWHAT BRIEF.

I DON'T HAVE AN EXACT TIME, BUT DO WE HAVE AN IDEA HOW MUCH TIME WE NEED TO ALLOW FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY PORTION? SO, UM, THEY HAVE 25 MINUTES TOTAL, INCLUDING THAT INCLUDES 10 MINUTES FOR DISCUSSION.

SO THE SUSTAINABILITY PORTION, AND WE HAVE AN HOUR LEFT.

OKAY.

SO I THINK WE'RE IN GOOD SHAPE.

OKAY? MM-HMM, , UM, I HAVE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS, BUT I WANNA MAKE SURE OTHER FOLKS GET TO THEIRS.

DID YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COUNCILMAN? I'M GOOD.

UM, WELL, MY TEXAS VOICE WAS ALL RIGHT.

IT WAS .

UM, I, UM, I AM A HUGE ADVOCATE FOR ALL OF THE BENEFITS THAT COME FROM THIS.

UM, IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT THIS, THIS KIND OF INVESTMENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR NOT JUST GENERATIONAL CHANGE, BUT GOING FORWARD, I THINK, UH, IF THIS PASSES, UH, WE WILL SEE A, A CHANGE IN AUSTIN'S HISTORY.

I JUST THINK THIS IS A PROFOUNDLY VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT INVESTMENT.

MANY OF MY QUESTIONS ARE AROUND THE MECHANICS OF HOW WE IMPLEMENT IT.

I AM WORRIED WE HAVE A HARDWORKING BUT VERY LEAN STAFF AT THE COUNTY.

AND I'M MINDFUL OF, UM, THE FACT THAT THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY WOULD BE MORE THAN THE ENTIRE BUDGET FOR OUR ENTIRE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SO, UM, BUT I, I, UM, I'M, UH, TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, 'CAUSE PEOPLE ASK ME, WELL, HOW MANY, HOW MANY KIDS WILL GET CHILDCARE IF THIS THING PASSES? AND I'M HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE MATH.

SO I LOOKED UP PAY PAGE 23, AND UH, IT SAYS, CONTRACTED SLOTS FOR INCOME ELIGIBLE FAMILIES 1878.

AND THAT'S, WE THINK THAT'S A PRETTY FIRM NUMBER BASED ON ALL OF OUR RESEARCH AND PRESUMABLY OUR COORDINATION WITH THE, THE COMMUNITY ADVOCATES THAT HAVE BEEN SO CRUCIAL TO THIS.

AND THEN

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I'M JUST LOOKING AT THE CHILDCARE, NOT, NOT THE AFTERSCHOOL.

'CAUSE THAT'S, THAT'S WHERE I GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

AND THEN THE ANNUAL STIPEND, THE QUALIFIED, UH, CENTERS OR HOMES FOR THE NON-TRADITIONAL HOURS, THAT'S 1407.

DO WE KNOW IF THOSE ARE DIFFERENT CHILDREN THAN THE CHILDREN WHO ARE IN THE OTHER CHILDCARE CATEGORY? I THINK I'D ASKED THIS QUESTION BEFORE.

I BELIEVE THERE'S A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WOULD, THAT THERE WOULD BE SOME OF THE CONTRACTED SLOTS CHILDREN.

SOME OVERLAP, YES.

OKAY.

YES.

BECAUSE THAT IS ESSENTIALLY ONLY PAYING FOR LIKE, ADDITIONAL HOURS, EITHER IN THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY OR THE EVENING OR OVERNIGHT WEEKENDS.

AND SO THAT'S PAYING STRICTLY FOR THAT DIFFERENTIAL.

OKAY.

SO I THINK THAT THAT'LL BE IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND.

'CAUSE I'M ASSUMING THESE WILL BE SOME OF THE KINDS OF QUESTIONS THAT WE'LL, THAT WE'LL BE SEEING.

AND THEN, UM, IT WASN'T CLEAR TO ME WITH THE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE, IT LOOKS LIKE WE IDENTIFY 1,143 CHILDREN THAT COULD BE, UM, SERVED WITH, I GUESS, NEW, UH, CHILDCARE OPTIONS THAT WOULD BE CREATED WITHOUT ALLIANCE.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, I THINK THIS ONE, THIS ONE'S REALLY IMPORTANT, BUT IT ALSO MAKES ME WONDER, DO WE HAVE A SENSE FOR WHERE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS ON THIS ISSUE? 'CAUSE I'VE HEARD DIFFERENT OPINIONS AND I THINK GIVEN THE BENEFIT THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE BENEFIT TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY OF HAVING, YOU KNOW, HIGH QUALITY CHILDCARE FOR ZERO TO THREE, WHICH IS WHEN SO MUCH BRAIN DEVELOPMENT HAPPENS WITH, YOU KNOW, VERY YOUNG CHILDREN IS HUGE.

BUT DO WE HAVE A SENSE FOR WHERE THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS ON THIS? ANYBODY ? I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS ANYTHING WHERE KATHY OR ANY OF THE OTHER ADVOCATES COULD WEIGH IN, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE VALUABLE TO KNOW.

YEAH.

HERE, KATHY HERE, ARE YOU ABLE TO COME SPEAK OUT TO THIS? KATHY, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

KATHY HOR, WHO'S BEEN WITH THE UNITED WAY FOR YEARS WORKING ON THIS ISSUE.

I HAVE RIGHT HERE.

, YOU EARNED IT ALL.

YOU EARNED IT.

UM, THANK YOU.

I WILL SAY WE HAVE, UM, IN THE CONVERSATIONS WE'VE HAD WITH BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY AND ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS, THIS IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN THAT THEY WANT TO SEE HAPPEN.

THE ESTIMATE WAS STARTING SMALL BECAUSE IT TAKES TIME TO BUILD UP THAT INFRASTRUCTURE WITHIN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND EDUCATE THEM ABOUT HOW THEY CAN USE THIS, COULD USE THIS MECHANISM TO PROVIDE CHILDCARE.

I DON'T HAVE FIRM DATA ON THAT.

UM, AND I DO THINK IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF WE COULD SECURE SOME EARLY, UM, ADOPTERS THAT WOULD BE COMMITTED TO PILOTING THIS.

BUT, UM, IN THE, GENERALLY IN THE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, ONE-ON-ONE WITH BUSINESS LEADERS IN MEETINGS WITH LABOR AND CHAMBERS, UM, THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN.

UM, AND THEN, UM, I'M, I'M TRYING TO, ONE OTHER THING WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, I, I THINK THAT THIS GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STAFF TO SEE WHETHER THIS COULD BE A DEFINED, UH, A DEFINED COMMUNITY BENEFIT.

UH, AS WE NEGOTIATE CONTRACTS WITH COMPANIES THAT WANT TO COME INTO THE MARKET AND ASK FOR, UH, FOR, UH, TAX ABATEMENTS AND WHATNOT, SHOULD, IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO AND WE WANT TO SEE IT HAPPEN, MAYBE WE PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, TO MAKE THIS A COMMUNITY BENEFIT THAT, UH, THE BUSINESSES CAN INVEST IN.

YES.

I LIKE THAT.

UM, AND COMMISSIONER SHAY, IF I COULD JUST ADD WITH THE NON-TRADITIONAL HOURS, UM, I THINK THAT NUMBER, AND WHETHER IT'S THE OTHER KIDS OR NOT, DEPENDS ON WHETHER A, THE COUNTY ADOPTS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKFORCE LENS OR A A, UM, HELPING FOLKS WHO ARE INDIGENT LENS.

SO THE NONTRADITIONAL HOURS POLICY DECISIONS.

SO THE NON-TRADITIONAL HOURS, THE MODEL THAT WE USED FOR ARPA KEPT THE CENTER OPEN.

AND SO THEN LOTS OF KIDS COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.

IF YOU ADOPT IT, YOU HAVE TO PAY ONLY FOR THE INDIGENT KIDS ADDITIONAL HOURS.

IT COMPLICATES THE ABILITY FOR THE, THE CHILDCARE CENTERS TO DO IT, UM, AND MAKES IT LESS MONEY AND LESS KIDS CAN DO IT.

BUT IF YOU CAN COME UP WITH A SHORTCUT THAT SAYS IT'S IN A TITLE ONE AREA OR IT'S IN A CHILDCARE DESERT, OR IT'S SERVING, UM, AN ECONOMIC WORKFORCE LENS, THEN THE NON-TRADITIONAL HOUR MONEY CAN GO MUCH FURTHER AND IT CAN HELP MANY, MANY MORE KIDS BECAUSE THEN YOU'RE JUST HAVING THIS CENTER OPEN.

THEY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ENOUGH STAFF SO THAT THE RATIOS ARE RIGHT, WHICH IS EASIER FOR THEM THAN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THEY CAN COVER ALL THE STAFF IF YOU HAVE ONE OR TWO, UM, KIDS WHO ARE CONTRACTED SLOTS THAT WANNA STAY MORE HOURS.

AND SO WHEN WE, WHEN WE ORIGINALLY CAME UP WITH IT, WE BUILT OFF OF THE ARPA

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APPROACH AND WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT AS EASY FOR, FOR THE CHILDCARE.

BUT I THINK IT DEPENDS ON WHETHER, WHETHER THE POLICY DECISION IS THAT WE CAN APPROACH CHILDCARE ALSO AS WORKFORCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

THEN THERE'S CERTAIN ELEMENTS WHERE YOU COULD DO, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH MORE WITH THE MONEY AND REACH MORE KIDS AND ENABLE MORE PEOPLE TO BE IN THE WORKFORCE.

BUT THAT IS A, A DECISION THAT YOUR LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO, HOW TO NAVIGATE.

AND THAT IS ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HAVING THE COUNTY BE THE LEAD ENTITY VERSUS THE CITY.

THE COUNTY CAN ONLY DO WHAT STATE LAW ALLOWS COUNTIES IN TEXAS TO DO.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE'VE LOOKED AT THESE THREE CRITERIA AREAS I MENTIONED, BECAUSE WE ARE ALLOWED TO DO THAT UNDER STATE LAW AS I UNDERSTAND IT.

BUT AGAIN, WE'RE GONNA BE GUIDED BY WHAT OUR ATTORNEYS SAY, AND THAT IS THE INDIGENCY CATEGORY, THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT CATEGORY, AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT CATEGORY.

AND FOR THE NON-TRADITIONAL HOURS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A STUDY FROM THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE THAT TALKS ABOUT IT, AND IT'S, YOU KNOW, AS MUCH ABOUT THE WORKFORCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

TEXAS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION IS ONE OF THE, THE PARTNERS THAT REALLY IS LEANING IN TO THE NEED FOR CHILDCARE.

AND THEY NEED THOSE OTHER, NEED, THOSE OTHER HOURS.

SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE ALSO IN THE INDIGENT CATEGORY GIVEN WHAT THEY MAKE.

BUT, BUT THE, BUT THE MORE FLEXIBLE YOU CAN MAKE THAT THE MORE KIDS CAN BE SERVED, EVEN AS YOU MAKE IT SERVING, UM, PRIMARILY, AND FIRST AND FOREMOST, THOSE FALL IN THE INDIGENT CATEGORY.

YOU CAN, YOU CAN PULL UP MORE, MORE KIDS.

I THINK THE SAME IS TRUE WITH AFTERSCHOOL.

IF YOU, IF YOU MAKE THE AFTERSCHOOL AVAILABLE AT A SCHOOL THAT'S TITLE ONE, THERE'LL BE OTHER KIDS WHO ARE ABLE, YOU KNOW, TO ACCESS IT.

AND BY VIRTUE OF HAVING THE SUBSIDY, IT ALLOWS THE PROVIDER, IF THEY KNOW THEY HAVE IT, IF IT DOESN'T GO UP THE KID, THEY CAN PLAN AND THEY CAN ADD MORE SLOTS FROM, FROM THEIR, THEIR WORK BY HAVING THAT.

AND THEN ALL OF THE KIDS WHO ARE IN THESE PROGRAMS BENEFIT FROM THE QUALITY ASPECTS OF IT, EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT GETTING, YEAH.

SO THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BIG POLICY AREAS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO DECIDE, AND IT WILL NEED TO BE PART OF THE SPECIFIC COMMUNICATION AROUND THIS BALLOT ITEM BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO'LL BE WATCHING WHO AREN'T NECESSARILY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS.

AND PEOPLE LIKE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO'LL BE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO COME AFTER, UH, AS THEY'VE DONE WITH OTHER CITIES AND, AND URBAN COUNTIES, UM, ON THEIR INITIATIVES IN THESE SAME VEINS.

UM, SO I STILL AM, I'M STILL WANTING TO GET A, A, AN ACCURATE NUMBER AND I REALIZE IT MAY NOT BE DOWN TO THE SINGLE SLOT, BUT AN ACCURATE NUMBER FOR THE NUMBER OF, UM, EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE SLOTS THAT WOULD BE, UH, ADDED BY THIS INITIATIVE.

SO WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST NUMBER TO USE? 'CAUSE I'VE LOOKED IN THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES.

THE BIGGEST ONE IS FOR AFTER SCHOOL, WHICH IS GREAT, THE BIGGEST SINGLE ONE, BUT I'M NOT CLEAR.

UM, LIKE THE GAP FUNDING, IS THAT, ARE THOSE NEW SLOTS THAT WOULD BE CREATED OR NO? NO.

OKAY.

SO NOT THAT ONE AND NOT THE AFTERSCHOOL.

SO ADD TOGETHER THE 1878, THE 1407, AND THE 1143.

I THINK IT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR US TO ALL HAVE A GOOD WORKING UNDERSTANDING OF, I DON'T THINK THE 1407 COULD BE COUNTED AS AS A SLOT OR SE 'CAUSE IT'S ONLY PAYING THE DIFFERENTIAL.

UM, I THINK THE CLOSEST THAT WOULD COME TO THAT WOULD BE THE 1878 FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SLOTS AND MAYBE THE 1143 FOR THE, UM, BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE SLOTS.

I THINK YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WAY THAT THEY COUNT IT FOR WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS.

SO WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS DOES COUNT IT IF IT'S NON-TRADITIONAL HOUR CARE.

SO I MEAN, THEY'RE, THEY'RE JUST LIKE, THERE'S A PARALLEL THAT WORKFORCE SOLUTION DOES, AND I DON'T KNOW ALL THE INS AND OUTS OF IT.

UM, BUT THEY, YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN JOHN OCKO DID HIS ANALYSIS OF, UM, THE, WHAT IT WOULD