In late 1978, the Solano County Licensed Day Care Association worked to organize family daycare providers in the county. The CA legislature passed AB 3059, which funded local non-profit organizations to assist families with their child care search. Solano County received $21,575 in funding for Resource & Referral (R&R) services. There was no Child Care Food Program (CCFP) or Subsidized Child Care Programs. As the participation by licensed providers diminished (few members, little income from fees, and poor attendance of meetings), Solano Family and Children’s Council (as it was know then) went independent in April, 1979 by applying for IRS 501 c(3) recognition. With a staff of four part-time employees and R&R funding, SFCC leased a one room office in downtown Fairfield. The California Secretary of State and the IRS both granted SFCC its tax exempt status. We could now apply for funding and new programs. Writing grants became an important duty of the Director and staff.
Kurt Galvez was hired in 1981 to write grants; he started and received funding for the Crisis Intervention Hotline. By the end of 1981 our programs were:
R&R : $54,500
In 1983, our funding increased as we added more providers to the Food Program and clients who needed help with child care assistance.
R&R : $52,851
SFCC changed their name (to the public) to Solano Family & Children’s Services (SFCS) . This was due to many callers wanting to speak to a counselor about marriage, drug, alcohol abuse problems, etc. Since we did not have any licensed counselors on staff; a name change became necessary. With that change came a new logo, which we still use today – a child on the man’s shoulders carrying balloons.
The agency had continual growth as the population of our county increased. We added staff to each of the programs as needs dictated.
By 1989, with 13 full-time staff, we outgrew our small office across from Armijo High School and moved to North Texas and Cement Hill Road, across from Fairfield High School.
In 1998, we began to work with the Solano County Health & Social Services Department on the application to the State and Federal government for CalWORKs funding.
Our collaboration paid off. The County made SFCS the CalWORKs administrative agency for their clients’ child care needs. Our first year of CalWORKs increased our Subsidy funding to $4,369,734.
In 1999, our combined Subsidy funding from the County, State and Federal Government was $13,355,364
In 2000, our Subsidy budget hit $20,942,302.
In 2001, we moved our main office to 421 Executive Court North, and opened a Vacaville and Vallejo office. Our staff numbers climbed to 120. We had established the supervisor classification under managers. We employed a full-time HR person; needed an Office Manager; had two receptionists at the front desk; needed more and better copier system; more functional phone system; and a new server environment to access information about our clients.
In 2002, Subsidy funding jumped to $25,405,279.
Then in 2003, the State had a budget crisis. Our Subsidy funding was cut almost 26% – we lost $7 million from the end of one Fiscal Year to the beginning of the next. We had to eliminate staff positions, close offices, return copiers, reduce our square footage needs. We moved all remaining staff to our main office on Executive Court North to consolidate all programs and functions under one roof. The cuts were painful, but necessary. We said good-bye to old friends and relationships. We began anew to examine our procedures- to make systems better, to better serve our clients, to better train the staff. But through it all, we remained a family, working together on projects, problem-solving, working long hours, and building new relationships.
Here we are today, more efficient, working with better equipment, trained staff, and offering the best service we can to our clients. We have much to be proud of!
Solano Family & Children’s Services promotes and advocates for the well-being of children, their families, and child care providers by offering access to a variety of child care resources.