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 Meetings
- 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 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
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
Carol von Brandt, Cozy Kids Childcare
Debbie Whitmer, Shasta College ECE
Tessa Buell, Shasta Early Head Start
Cindy Dodds, Tri-County Community Network
Wendy Waugh, Early Foundations Children’s Academy
Kathey Kakiuchi, Public Health
Star Alfaro, Redding Bank of Commerce
Elizabeth Poole, First 5 Shasta
Doreen Albaugh, Far Northern Regional Center
Kaysha Davis, Redding Rancheria Head Start
Joy Garcia, Shasta County Office of Education
Cassy Leggett, Shasta County Office of Education
Teresa Urricelqui, City of Redding
Wendy Dickens, First 5 Shasta
Jackie Scott, First 5 Shasta
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