County employees in Ventura will be offered guaranteed day care for their young children starting in March.
County supervisors Tuesday approved a lease for an east Ventura building that will serve 50 children, aged 2 through 6.
Officials hope the preschool will help the county recruit new workers and retain the ones it has, said Supervisor Madge Schaefer, one of the program's primary advocates.
"It is the county being responsive to employees in ways other than salaries, which we can't afford to do a lot of times," she said.
The county will lease the former Richard's Preschool at 15 S. Petit Ave. for $4,200 per month. Employees will pay about $70 a week per child, said Debra Bergevin, the county's child-care coordinator.