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Title: Santa Cruz Child Care Planning Council (CCPC)


1
Santa Cruz Child Care Planning Council (CCPC)
  • Orientation

2
Welcome to the Child Care Planning Council
  • As a new member, you were invited to serve
    because
  • You have knowledge and training that can improve
    and add to the Councils wisdom
  • You are dedicated to children and work at
    improving their lives
  • You want to be part of a respected and needed
    organization that actively works for the
    betterment of all child care systems and
    ultimately helps build a stronger, healthier
    community

3
Mission of Child Care Planning Councils (a.k.a.
Local Planning Councils or LPCs)
  • The primary mission of LPCs is to plan for child
    care and development services based on the needs
    of families in the local community
  • In addition to planning, collaboration, and
    support for the child care systems that currently
    exist, the LPCs determine local priorities for
    new state funds
  • By forming strong community partnerships, each
    group involved is empowered to share their ideas
    and concerns as part of the local planning
    process

4
Mission and Composition of the Santa Cruz County
Child Care Planning Council
  •  
  • Our mission is to provide leadership for the
    assessment,
  • development and sustainability of quality early
    care and education and school age extended
    learning options in Santa Cruz County.
  • Members are comprised of leaders and experts in
    early
  • care and education that promote and advocate for
  • quality accessible educational programs that
    will
  • ensure
  • childrens healthy development
  • school success
  • a stronger healthier community

5
Council Composition
  • Council members are appointed both by the County
    Superintendent of Schools and the County Board of
    Supervisors
  • The by-laws of our council have set our size at
    30 members
  • to allow for maximum diversity
  • The California Department of Education mandates
    that members be appointed equally in each of 5
    areas
  • Consumers, Providers, Community Representatives,
    Public Agency Representatives and a Discretionary
    Category.

6
What areas of expertise does the Council seek to
reflect?
Family Child Care Child Court Advocacy Community Care Licensing Funding Agencies Parents
Subsidized Child Care Programs Family Resource Centers Local Resource Referral Agency After School Recreation Programs Special Needs
Center-based Child Care (both non-profit sole proprietor) Facilities Development Community Colleges and Four Year Universities Alternative Payment Programs The Human Resources and Health Services Agencies
County Office of Education School Districts Migrant Head Start Head Start South North County
7
History
  • The Council initially functioned as a
    subcommittee to the Santa Cruz County Children's
    Network
  • In 1991, the California State Legislature
    approved funding to establish Local Child Care
    Planning Councils in each county
  • In Santa Cruz County, the Child Care Planning
    Council was housed within the Child Development
    Programs Department of the County Office of
    Education.

8
History continued
  • In 1998, the current By-Laws were approved by
    the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and
    the Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools
  • In 1999, the Legislature passed an operating
    budget to support the work of the Planning
    Councils. Santa Cruz County hired their first
    Coordinator

9
Rules that govern the way we do business
  • The Brown Act
  • California Education Code
  • Our By-laws

10
Committees
  • This is where the work of the Council happens
  • Each council member serves on at least one
    committee
  • Committees meet once a month
  • Council members choose to serve on the committee
    that represents a facet of the Councils work
    that most interests them and which they feel they
    can contribute the most to.

11
The current committees are
  • Executive/Membership
  • Master Plan Committee
  • Subsidized Programs Consortium
  • ECE Conference Planning

12
Executive/Membership Committee
  • Comprised of the Chair and two co-vice-chairs of
    the Council.
  • Together with program staff the Executive
    Committee supports the work of
  • the council by
  • setting monthly meeting agendas and facilitating
    council meetings
  • inviting and arranging guest speakers
  • recruiting and mentoring new members, approving
    member applications, facilitating new member
    orientations and working to ensure that
    membership represents the diversity of the county
    and meets state mandates
  • acting on behalf of the Council on timely issues
    between meetings
  • supporting staff in strategizing and carrying out
    all projects related to the Council
  • Working to develop council visibility

13
Master Plan Committee
  • Committee Goals
  • Strategize process of vetting Master Plan in the
    community, conduct input sessions, keep track of
    input and incorporate suggested revisions.
  • Create an addendum to include community comments
    and suggestions not incorporated into plan.
  • Identify and contact potential implementers of
    the Master Plan.
  • Act as a hub for connection with and between
    other groups/agencies are already or would be
    interested in implementing various aspects of the
    Master Plan.
  • Create a time line and measurable outcomes for
    goals in the Master Plan.
  • Adopt a finalized Master Plan by June 2008.

14
Subsidized Programs Consortium
  • Committee Goals
  • Maximize ability to capture, maintain and utilize
    federal, state, local and private funds for
    infant/toddler, preschool and SAEL programs.
    Coordinate and broker full use of funded slots.
  • Increase family access to child care subsidies
    and tax credits.
  • Provide technical assistance and adequate funds
    to assist programs to meet the particular needs
    of low-income children, children with special
    needs, English language learners, ethnically
    diverse children, homeless and migrant children
    and foster children, (as well as families working
    with CPS to maintain the family unit.) 
  • Act as a clearing house for information and
    education on the state mandated Centralized
    Eligibility List. Conduct ongoing CEL
    business/coordination, fighting bushfires in the
    subsidy world.

15
ECE Conference Planning
  • Committee Goals
  • Develop appropriate, quality training and
    educational opportunities for the entire ECE and
    SAEL workforce.
  • Provide opportunities for leadership development
    within ECE and SAEL.
  • And various aspects of the following goals
  • Provide technical assistance and adequate funds
    to assist programs to meet the particular needs
    of low-income children, children with special
    needs, English language learners, ethnically
    diverse children, homeless children and foster
    children.
  • Develop and expand linkages within ECE and SAEL
    programs.
  • Provide parenting education resources for ECE and
    SAEL professionals

16
Projects of the CouncilNeeds Assessment
Master Plan
  • Every Five Years
  • The Council conducts a needs assessment of child
    care in Santa Cruz County
  • The Council develops/updates a Master Plan for
    Early Care and Education and School Age Extended
    Learning in the county.

17
Major Accomplishments in FYs 07-08
  • With funding from the David and Lucile Packard
    Foundation the Council is leading a countywide
    effort to produce a comprehensive blueprint for
    offering voluntary preschool to all children in
    the last two years before entering kindergarten.
  • In collaboration with the League of Women Voters,
    the Council hosted the 27th District Assembly
    Candidates Forum to educate the public on
    candidates views on early care and education and
    K-12 education.
  • Conducted two countywide training series on the
    new Desired Results Developmental Profile
    (assessment tool) for 119 state funded staff and
    directors
  • Distributed over 72,000 in professional
    development educational awards to the ECE
    workforce in Santa Cruz via the AB212 program.
  • Council members spoke at the City of Capitolas
    Housing Element focus group in an effort to
    advocate for the inclusion of child care as an
    essential element in the design of sustainable
    community.
  • Council members met with the Santa Cruz City
    Council to advocate for a fair defunding process
    for all community based programs that receive
    city jurisdictional funding.
  • Planned and held the 2008 Central Coast ECE
    Conference on Quality Child Care.
  • Completed the 2008-2013 Master Plan for Early
    Care and Education.

18
Membership Commitment
  • Attend monthly 2-hour Council meetings
  • Attend yearly all-day retreat in June
  • Join at least one committee and attend monthly
    meeting.
  • Attend public events sponsored by Council
  • Represent Council in the community
  • Respond to communications from the Council and
    staff

19
Why Serve on the Council?
For the Children!
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