Statement on Measure C Ruling


Media Contact: Caitlyn Schaap |

July 7, 2022, Alameda, CA – Alameda County Superior Court has upheld the validity of Measure C: Children’s Health and Child Care Initiative for Alameda County, passed in March of 2020. The court’s ruling means that Alameda County moves one step closer to funding pediatric healthcare, increasing the availability of child care, and raising wages for child care providers through a half-percent (0.5%) sales tax. The tax is currently being collected and held in escrow pending a final legal result. Plaintiffs have a 60-day window to appeal today’s decision.

“As the named administrator of Measure C’s child care funds, First 5 Alameda County stands ready to move the initiative forward,” said Kristin Spanos, Chief Executive Officer of First 5 Alameda County (First 5). “As a society, we have failed to fully fund early care and education (ECE) for decades to the detriment of providers, the workforce, and families. The pandemic has made the challenges even more acute and worsened inequities that have harmed low-income and families of color for too long. These public resources are needed now more than ever to support and strengthen our county’s early childhood system, particularly with an equity lens. First 5 is proud to partner with the early care and education field and community in support of children and families.”