Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program provides an opportunity for qualified undocumented immigrant youth to remain in the country without fear of deportation. But most importantly it provides a path for them to obtain a work permit and through it greater economic and social incorporation.
Many applicants from low-income families, however, have difficulty paying the $465 fee. A recent national study of self-selected youth eligible under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program found that among those who had not yet applied, 43 percent reported they could not afford it.
In partnership with the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, and thanks for an initial grant from the Driscoll's Charitable Fund, SCCV created a low-interest loan program to help qualified youth start their journey to financial independence.
ChildCare Ventures Loans
ChildCare Ventures is a program that was designed to ensure our local community has the necessary childcare programs working families desperately need. To do this, SCCV developed a low-interest program aims to ensure our local community has the necessary childcare programs working families desperately need. Loans are managed through the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union.
In addition to low-interest loans, local childcare providers have access to free business training, technical assistance, fiscal analysis, and more through a collaboration with the Central Coast Small Business Development Center, El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, the Human Resources Agency of Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz County Office of Education Child Development Resource Center.