Local Child Care Planning Council
In 1991, the United States Congress established a federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) through which each state was allocated funds to assist low-income families in obtaining child care and development services.
In the same year, the passing of Assembly Bill 2141 established a system of Local Child Care Planning Councils for all California counties. The membership and responsibilities of Local Child Care Planning Councils were revised in 1997 as mandated by AB 1542. As a result, Shasta County Local Child Care Planning Council was formed that same year.
For additional information, contact the LCCPC Coordinator.
- Purpose and Mission
- Strategic Plan 2015-2018
- Council Members
- Public Meeting Schedule and Agenda
- Needs Assessment
- Our Location
The purpose of the Local Child Care Planning Council (LCCPC) is to bring together all the resources of our community to identify and assess the early care and education needs of the community.
Through public outreach, involve the community in supporting high quality early care and education.
This Local Child Care Planning Council continues to lead efforts in the needs, services, and systems that pertain to early care and education in Shasta County. The most recent Needs Assessment was completed in April 2015 and was used to inform the development of the Council’s current Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan includes a breakdown of goals and actions to be achieved by the Shasta County Local Child Care Planning Council.
This plan is intended to guide the Council in its activities while striving to achieve its future goals as defined. The plan design is adaptable and allows for modification as the needs of the community change. The plan also has the ability to evolve as new legislation and policies emerge.
- Advocate to government agencies providing funding
- Advocate for a worthy wage
- Advocate to local businesses for family-friendly practices
- Build advocates with parents and providers
- Attend advocacy events, rally for policy change
- Partner with Chamber of Commerce to promote policy to local businesses
- Partner with businesses to support and promote early care and education and family-friendly practices
- Increase knowledge of providers currently serving in licensed or licensed exempt facilities to increase quality interaction
- Identify, engage, and educate providers
- Attract, attain, and retain educators to the early care and education field
- Support the development of high quality transitional kindergarten programs
- Deliver professional development and training for providers
- Outreach to providers and future providers
- Promote attainment of early childhood education units for transitional kindergarten teachers
- Utilize QRIS to rate early care and education sites for high quality programming
- Define and promote quality standards based on developmentally appropriate practices
- Increase parent education and training about quality child care
- Educate community about quality child care
- Support ongoing quality and system needs
- Create QRIS for Shasta County
- Promote providers who participate
- Monitor quality through QRIS
- Distribute newsletters with early care and education news and training opportunities
- Use social media to promote child care sites
The Council's membership is composed of 15 voting members, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. Members exercise decision-making responsibility for Council functions.
Local Child Care Planning Council Structure
The Local Child Care Planning Council of Shasta County is funded by the California Department of Education. Members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. With a focus on high-quality care, the Council is tasked with assessing local child care needs, developing a county-wide strategic plan, setting zip code priorities for use of state funds, and facilitating the temporary and voluntary transfer of funds between state-funded agencies
Renee Menefee, Shasta County Office of Education
Amanda Keefer, Shasta Head Start
Star Alfaro, Cornerstone Community Bank
Elizabeth Poole, First 5 Shasta
TBD, Public Health
Wendy Waugh, Early Foundations Children’s Academy
Tessa Buell, Shasta Head Start
Carol von Brandt, Family Child Care Provider
Joy Garcia, Shasta County Office of Education
April Matthews, Shasta County Office of Education
Amanda Keefer, Shasta County Early Head Start
Debbie Whitmer, Shasta College ECE
Michael Burke, Pathways to Hope for Children Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council
Simonne Robidoux, Far Northern Regional Center
Cassy Leggett, Shasta County Office of Education
Elena Bramble, Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California, Inc.
According to the California Education Code 8499, the local Child Care Planning Council membership has the following responsibilities:
- Conduct a countywide Needs Assessment no less than once every five years
- Develop a Strategic Plan based on the findings of the Needs Assessment
- Establish annual county priorities to identify which zip code areas have the greatest need for child care
- Conduct local forums to encourage public input in the development of local priorities
- Foster partnerships designed to meet local child care needs
- Facilitate the voluntary, temporary transfer of contract funds to maximize fiscal resources and utilization of child development funding
- Collaborate with local entities to carry out child care staff retention initiatives
Shasta County LPC Meeting Schedule 2021-22
The purpose of the Local Child Care Planning Council (LPC) is to bring together all the resources of our community to identify and assess the early care and education needs of the community.
Meeting 1 - August 26, 2021
9:00am-11:00am • A zoom link will be provided on the agenda.
Meeting 2 - September 23, 2021
9:00am-11:00am • A zoom link will be provided on the agenda.
Meeting 3 - October 28, 2021
Meeting 4 - November 18, 2021
Meeting 5 - January 27, 2022
Meeting 6 - February 17, 2022
Meeting 7 - March 24, 2022
Meeting 8 - April 28, 2022
Meeting 9 - May 26, 2022
Meeting 10 - June 23, 2022
The primary purpose of the Local Planning Councils (LPCs) is to plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community. LPCs are intended to serve as a forum to address the child care needs of all families in the community for all types of child care, both subsidized and non-subsidized.
In 1998, the Education Code was amended to include specific expanded mandates for Local Child Care Planning Councils to identify local priorities for the distribution of new State early care and education funding. The Education Code language specifies how LPCs are to conduct their work in order to identify priorities that ensure all local early care and education needs are met to the greatest extent possible. The priorities are to be submitted annually to the California Department of Education and used by the Department to determine funding decisions.
The Priority Setting Process
The Council develops priorities for funding using data from the following sources:
Census zip code data and American Community Survey data as a baseline to estimate the number of children eligible for State Funded Services (and Head Start). Other pertinent local data, such as county growth factors, planning department data, or school district growth data, is then applied to achieve the most accurate estimate.
CDE and other available zip code level data to determine the number and percent of eligible children served/not served by State or Federally Funded Services
California Academic Performance Index, Smarter Balanced Assessment, or other School Performance Data or Child Outcome Data
The data is then analyzed and high-need zip codes assigned a Priority 1, 2, and 3 number with Priority 1 being the highest need.
- Infant/Toddler Full-Day Care (CCTR) Zip Code Priorites
- School-Aged Care (CCTR) Zip Code Priorities
- CA State Preschool Full and Part-Day (CSPP) Zip Code Priorities
For additional priorities information, contact the LCCPC Coordinator.