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 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.
When and where does it meet?
The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council meets six times per year, at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. All meetings are open to the public. Most meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Committees meet first (9:00 - 10:15 am), followed by the full Council from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Once or twice a year, the Council meets on a Tuesday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 pm to allow for more community participation. For these Tuesday evenings meetings, Committees will meet 5:00 - 6:00 pm, full Council 6:30 - 8:00 pm (light dinner for all, 6:00 - 6:30 pm).
- Child Care Partnership Council Schedule of Meetings
- Child Care Partnership Council Agendas and Minutes
- Child Care Partnership Council By-Laws
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. 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.
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.
Who serves on the Council?
The Council is co-chaired by the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, Anne Campbell, 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.
What are the required duties of the Council?
- Conduct a county-wide needs assessment every five years
- Needs Assessment
- Prepare a comprehensive county-wide plan for child care
- Submit priorities for the allocation of state and federal child care funds to the Child Development Division (CDD) 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 CDD
- Identify up to two members to review and score CDD applications on request
Develop and implement a training plan for Council members.
What are projects specific or unique to the Council?
The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council has one staff member, Nirmala Dillman, Coordinator. The position is funded through a contract with the CDD, 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.
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 during the second half of bi-monthly Council meetings, and between 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: Maryanne Patterson and David Fleishman
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 Angela Cabrera
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
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, Anne Campbell and Dave Pine.