History and Responsibilities
The Lake County Child Care Planning Council was formed in 1994 as a committee of the Lake County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Its primary task was to assess local child care needs and establish priorities for programs using federal Child Care and Development block grant funds. These funds served the child care and development needs of low-income families.
Between 1994 and 1997, the LPC alternated between operating independently and as a committee of the Children's Council. The Welfare-to-Work Act of 1997, which enacted welfare reform in California, restructured local child care planning councils. This Act gave child care planning councils new responsibilities, formalized their structure, and authorized the County Superintendents of Schools and County governing bodies to appoint members.
The Lake County Child Care Planning Council establishes local child care priorities that ensure that all child care needs in the county are met to the greatest extent possible. To accomplish this goal, activities of the Council include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Conduct an assessment of child care needs in the county no less than once every five years.
2. Document information gathered during the needs assessment, which shall include, but not be limited to: data on supply, demand, cost and market rates for each category of child care in the county.
3. Prepare a comprehensive county-wide child care plan, known as the Lake County Child Care Planning and Development Council Master Plan, designed to mobilize public and private resources to address identified needs.
The Council meets ten times or more each year, excluding July and December, on the third Thursday of each month. Check our Calendar of Events for specific locations, and times of upcoming meetings. All meetings are publicly announced and the public is always welcome to attend.