The San Luis Obispo Child Development Center is a nonprofit community program providing therapeutic interventions to strengthen families for the prevention and treatment of child abuse. We believe that children are best protected and nurtured when families are strong. We have provided child abuse prevention and intervention together with child development and childcare services since 1971 and have directly served more than 7,440 children and their families in San Luis Obispo County. In 1997, the center began plans for a new building with the support of the County of San Luis Obispo, which assisted us in identifying land on which to build; the California State Department of Housing & Community Development, which awarded us grants to purchase modular classrooms; and the contractual support of the California Department of Education. To see our plans realized, many agencies, companies, individuals, and county departments worked harmoniously with the center to create a long-term vision to see the new center built. Had it not been for their generosity, we would not have been able to serve the number of families we do today. Members of the group included Department of Social Services Administrators, county staff, and the county Board of Supervisors. The Child Development Center entered into a land lease agreement with the County of San Luis Obispo in 1999, which worked strategically and in tandem with newly allocated funding from the Department of Social Services to support the lease’s fiscal terms. We opened our doors to serve up to 75 children and families, which was more than double the families previously served. After five successful years at our new location, the center was notified by the Department of Social Services that the funding would not continue for the upcoming fiscal year. This notice came at the same time our center’s board was grappling with other fiscal impacts: Our primary funder, the California Department of Education, issued eligibility changes that impacted enrollment of families and children in our program and the center’s board changed our executive director. Under the circumstances and challenges, the center addressed each of the issues and instituted several strategies: We examined our fiscal component and hired a new financial director and restructured our center’s administrative staff to add an eligibility coordinator to meet the new California Department of Education guidelines. Simultaneously, we focused our attention toward the loss of the Department of Social Services funding. Upon receipt of the notice from Department of Social Services, the center’s Board of Directors made immediate efforts to work with county staff to renegotiate the land lease. These efforts and negotiations were three years in development. We have successfully renegotiated with the county.
We reassure funders, supporters, partnering agencies, and especially the families we serve, that despite recent news coverage, the center remains fiscally sound and our doors remain open to serve our community.
Board of Directors
San Luis Obispo Child Development Center
San Luis Obispo