Initiative Helps Provide Daycare For Homeless Children
Step Up Ventura has partnered with for-profit daycare Magic Carousel to create 15 slots for vulnerable children that will be paid for through government subsidies or donations from the public.
Ventura County Star:
Step Up Ventura Partners With Magic Carousel For Homeless Preschoolers
Marcella White steps on the playground at Magic Carousel Preschool and Academy and notices a small boy, around 2 years old, crying after he fell down on the pavement. She squats down, opens her arms and asks the boy if he needs a hug. As her arms are open, other kids start to come over for an embrace. She knows them all by name and hugs and talks to each of the boys and girls individually. (D'Angelo, 8/24)
In other news —
Chronic Camping By Homeless People Gets Banned In Fresno
A law to ban chronic camping by homeless people on public property or on private property without the owner’s permission was approved Thursday by the Fresno City Council. The 6-1 vote came after Abré Conner, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, cautioned the council against a law that she said could represent an unconstitutional violation of the civil rights of homeless individuals. But councilmen Garry Bredefeld, Oliver Baines, Paul Caprioglio, Clint Olivier and Luis Chavez joined the law’s author, Steve Brandau, in approving the measure. Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria was the lone vote against it. (Sheehan, 8/24)