At a Glance
The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council takes the lead in planning and advocating for quality care and early education for all children, from birth to age fourteen, in San Mateo County. It is a state-mandated local council under joint auspices of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools.
What is the San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council?
The Child Care Partnership Council provides a forum for the identification of local priorities for child care and early learning services and the development of policies and strategies to meet the priorities. It provides a community venue where the impact of state and federal child care and family policies, proposed legislation or regulation can be examined from multiple viewpoints. The Council makes decisions on the local distribution of state child care funding. It conducts a mandated community – wide needs assessment, followed by a county-wide strategic plan for child care services for all children, every five years.
The History of the Council in State Law
In 1991 the state legislature established Local Child Care Planning Councils (LPCs) in every county in California. In San Mateo County, the LPC is known as the Child Care Partnership Council (the Council or CCPC). From the beginning it was co-chaired by a member of the Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. Members included representatives from each region of the county: North, Central, South and Coast. In 1997, with the advent of welfare reform, the role of Child Care Planning Councils was strengthened through passage of AB 1542 and the implementation of CalWORKS (Education Code, Sections 8499.3 et. seq. and 54744.) The new legislation formalized the stakeholders who must make up the Council and mandated specific duties and decisions.
Mission, By-Laws and Public Policy Platform
The Child Care Partnership Council takes the lead in planning and advocating for quality care and early education for all children, from birth to age fourteen, in San Mateo County.
What are the required duties of the Council?
- Conduct a county-wide Needs Assessment every five years
- Prepare a comprehensive county-wide plan for child care
- Submit priorities for the allocation of state and federal child care funds to the Early Education & Support Division (EESD) of the California Department of Education:
- Assist in the formation of collaborations to meet local child care needs
- Design a system to consolidate local child care waiting lists
- Coordinate part-day programs to provide full-day child care
- Review and comment on proposals sent to EESD
- Identify up to two members to review and score EESD applications on request
- Develop and implement a training plan for Council members
What are projects specific or unique to the Council?
Facilities Committee Projects:
Inclusion Committee Projects:
Workforce Committee Projects:
Who serves on the Council?
The Council is co-chaired by the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, Nancy Magee, and San Mateo County Supervisor, Dave Pine. Members must include parent consumers of child care, child care providers, public and community agency representatives. There are 22 voting members jointly appointed by the County Superintendent and the County Board of Supervisors.
When and where does it meet?
The Child Care Partnership Council meets six times per year at the San Mateo County Office of Education located at 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. All meetings are open to the public.
Most meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Committees meet first from 9:00 - 10:15 am, followed by the full Council meeting from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.
At least once a year, the Council meets on a Tuesday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 pm to allow for more community participation. For these Tuesday evening meetings, the Committees meet from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, with the full Council meeting from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. A light dinner for all is served from 6:00 pm.
Committees of the Council are organized to further the goals of the Strategic Plan. Membership includes both Council members and interested community members. Committees generally meet prior to the full bi-monthly Council meetings, and they may also meet at other times if necessary.
Policy, Advocacy, Communications and Outreach (PACO)
Provides information and policy strategy to the Council on local, state and federal public policy as it relates to child care, early care and education, and children and families.
Co-Chairs: David Fleishman and Michelle Blakely
Supports recruitment, retention, and professional development of the ECE workforce in San Mateo County; identifies training gaps and access issues, including dual-language learners and effective family engagement.
Co-Chairs: Donna Yuriar and Anne Señores
Supports integration of children with special needs in all types of ECE programs; works to increase awareness and coordinate services in SMC.
Co-Chairs: Cheryl Oku and Mary Browning
Focuses on the development of new child care supply and the maintenance and improvement of quality child care facilities, including environmental health and "green care" issues.
Co- Chairs: Sarah Kinahan and Kristen Anderson
Focuses on QRIS local implementation and its results, on proposed procedural changes and the experience of participating programs.
Co- Chairs: Soodie Ansari and Lisa Zimiga
The Executive Committee acts for the Council between regular meetings of the Council on urgent matters. It also reviews and advises the Council on governance, membership of the Council, and membership and duties of the committees.
The Executive Committee is chaired by the Council Co-Chairs, Nancy Magee and Dave Pine.
The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council is staffed by Nirmala Dillman, Coordinator and Kristen Anderson, Assistant Coordinator. The positions are funded through a contract with the EESD, and joint contributions from the San Mateo County Office of Education and San Mateo County. The coordinator works with the Early Learning Support Services of the Instructional Services Division of the San Mateo County Office of Education.