Lake County Child Care Planning Council
Melanie Sneathen's Child Care Families Participate at the Children's Festival April 12th
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2014 Early Childhood Educators Awards Program 
Get all the details and make your reservation  here.

The 2014 selection committee reviewing nominations. Mike Mix, Jamie Castaldo, Laurie Allen, Wally Holbrook and Shelly Mascari

LPC Meeting Information
Welcome Back Jamie Castaldo
After some time away, Jamie Castaldo, Food Program Manager from North Coast Opportunities, has re-joined the Planning Council as a voting member. We are so glad to have you back in our membership!

Did you miss the last LPC Meeting?
Get the highlights here.

  • We are still looking for volunteers to help at the ECE Awards Program on May 9th. If you would like to sign up please click here
  • RSVP's for the ECE Awards are filling up fast make your reservation now! RSVP
  • The ECE Award Night Poster/Invitation is available for your site. Call 707-262-4162 or email for copies or click here to view online.
  • KEDP Results for 2013: see below in the Resources section.
  • SB 837 - The LPC voted to formally oppose SB 837.  We are calling a special meeting specifically to vote on approving our opposition letter and statement.

                    April 27, 2014

                    4:00 pm

                    Via Teleconference

            Dial-In Number: 712-432-1212

            Meeting ID: 925-709-363

            Host PIN: 9190

  • Click here to download agenda  
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Our next meeting is Thursday, June 19th at 6:30 pm at Lake County Office of Education, 1152 Main Street, Lakeport, Kesey Room.
Steps To Quality
Stay on track, plan ahead.
First year Participants
It's time to complete your Kids and Smoke Don't Mix online class. Click here for the link to sign in and begin the class.
Second Year Participants
The CLASS Learning Discussion Boards for weeks 1-15 should be completed. If you missed a post, log in and get caught up. Discussion Board
Third Year Participants
Our Legacy project is The Hero Project. Keep your ideas coming and plan on attending the next task force meeting if you can on May 20th, 3:30 pm at the LCOE Board Room,. Watch your email for information on the next Legacy group meeting.
All  Participants
As a 2013-2014 CARES Plus participant you are required to complete an online survey by May 31, 2014. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. English and Spanish versions of the survey are here available on the S2Q website here.
From the website go to Resources and scroll down to find the link.


Advocacy Opportunities
If you still need to complete your  Advocacy requirement here are a few ideas.
Volunteer to support a pre-approved community event promoting the development of young children, or advocating for issues impacting children and families. 
Write a letter to an editor or legislator regarding issues impacting early childhood education or Lake County children and families. 
Watch the S2Q website for instructions and sample text to advocate regarding SB 837. 
Spring is here!  It's a perfect time to get inspired, get involved and get going.

CPIN Math, Algebra and Functions is free and it's being held at the LCOE Kesey Room in Lakeport on April 29th at 10:00 am. To register click here.

ECE Award Program. May 9th. Details here.

in the Local and State Early Childhood Education Community

Steinberg, Senate Democrats Introduce Kindergarten Readiness Act

January 07, 2014

SB 837 would make Transitional Kindergarten Available to All Four-Year-Olds in CA

(Sacramento) - In recognition that too many California children are missing out on the early education they need to succeed in school, Senate President Darrell Steinberg is introducing the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014, which will make one year of high quality, voluntary transitional kindergarten available to every four-year-old child in California.

Read more and see the SB 837 Fact sheet here



SB 837California Department of Education

Report to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Legislative Analyst's Office: Preschool Report 

Read the report here


Watch for the LPC's formal opposition statement to SB 837, estimated to be available Tuesday, April 29, 2014. 

Daly: Why am I opposed to SB 837

Commentary from Lake County news


I am opposed to and alarmed by the proposed legislation SB 837, which I believe is set for vote in the Senate on May 2.

I am more than concerned that the foundations of preschool and the entire child care profession are being challenged in this bill and that we are abandoning over 150 years of solid research and losing valuable expertise because of SB 837's wording.

My main concern is that this will be harmful to 4-year-olds.

SB 837 will take the current state funded preschool for 4-year-olds and require that these children be moved from pre-school and put into Transitional Kindergartens (TK). The elementary schools will get new funding, which has been traditionally funneled to preschools. Preschools are horrified because they realize they are losing state funding for all 4-year-olds and many child care facilities will have to close. Jobs will be lost.

Read more


Child Care bill advances, but its fate is unclear

The Senate voted yesterday to approve (96-2) a reauthorization billfor the federal child care program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). If the bill passes the House and is signed into law by the president, it will be the first time the law has received a facelift since 1996-nearly two decades. Read more

First Lady announces After-School Initiative
NY Times 

WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama on Tuesday introduced a broad, five-year initiative to make after-school programs a healthier, more active environment for millions of children, saying the changes would also help the children's performance during the other hours of the day. Read More
Job Opportunity from First 5 California
We are pleased to announce three new limited-term Education Program Consultant Positions at First 5 California (F5CA). All persons interested and who meet the minimum qualifications for this position are encouraged to apply (final file date 4/29/14). Read more about the job announcement here.

Links and Information to assist you.
The 2014 Lake County FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE is now available. 
Spanish translation in process.
Restructuring California's Child Care and Development System

This report provides a comprehensive overview and assessment of the state's child care and development system. The first part of the report contains background on California's child care programs. The second part compares California's child care and development system with other states' systems. The third section identifies several major shortcomings of California's system. Given the serious flaws of California's existing system, the fourth section sets forth a package of recommendations for restructuring it, and the final section provides a roadmap showing how the Legislature might transition to the restructured system.
Read the full report HERE
KEDP Profile for Lake County

Tom Jordan from First5 Lake presented the KEDP Profile at the last LPC Meeting. The 2013 data results are included in this presentation. To access the survey click this link: KEDP

 Lake County Children's Council 
has launched their new website. 

Lake County Child Care Map 
Time for an update

The Child Care map is a visual map of the entire county, and has an icon representing child care programs in the county. We implemented this feature in 2011 which gives contact and program information about each program shown. Click here to view map.

We want to keep this useful marketing tool and data resource as current as possible. If your program is listed on the map please check your information and let us know if we need to edit anything of the information. If your program is not listed but you would like your program included on the website please send the information to

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