Lake County Child Care Planning Council
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2014 Early Childhood Educators Awards Program 
May 9th at Pine Crest Farms

Lake County Recognizes 2014 Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award Recipients


The Lake County Child Care Planning Council held its annual Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award Dinner Friday, May 09, at Pine Crest Farms Event Center on Cobb Mountain, offering recognition and award packages to 13 exceptional early childhood educators and team members.  Over 200 people attended and many Lake County organizations, businesses and individuals offered significant support to make this event possible.  Lake County Department of Social Services;  North Coast Opportunities, Rural Communities Child Care; Lake County Office of Education, Child Development Division; Mendo Lake Credit Union; First 5 Lake, Yuba College and Lakeshore Learning were significant supporters, along with The Beat Zumba Studio.  The Kelseyville Rotary Club provided bar services as well.  "It is encouraging to see our community's organizations and leaders unite in recognition of the valuable contribution early childhood educators make throughout Lake County," says Shelly Mascari, Director of the Lake County Child Care Planning Council.


Approximately 95 nominations were received for Lake County providers in recognition of commitment to excellence by their peers, community members and the families they serve.  Winners were selected based on a detailed interview and evaluation process that took into consideration education, commitment to their profession, answers to specific interview questions, and effectiveness in their role as educators.


Early childhood educators contribute significantly to our communities.  Quality early childhood education dramatically impacts high school graduation rates, keeps our communities working, and helps Lake County develop productive, effective, happy citizens of the future.  According to Shelly Mascari, "Many of these educators have dedicated decades to their profession, in the face of dramatic budget cuts and statewide funding priorities that work in opposition to consistent, quality care.  Their education, in many cases, equals that of the K-12 educator, and this program provides a forum to recognize that commitment and the important work they do."

Congratulations to all of our 2014 Early Childhood Educator Award Winners

Student Scholarship Recipient: Blanca Mejia

Pioneer Award Winners
  John Goulart
  Kiley Owens
  Donna Cummins  
  Mary Prather

AmeriCorps Award Winner:  Lori Blackburn
Honorable Mention: Jacqueline Martinez

Special Needs Inclusion Winner: Micah Hale
Honorable Mention: Jody Mederos

Support for the Field Winner: Carolina Pimenta

Advocate Award: Maria Montanez

Family Child Care Provider Award: Melanie Sneathen
Honorable Mention: Louise Garrison

Infant / Toddler Provider of the Year: Maria Diaz
Honorable Mention: Rocio Kelly

Preschool Provider of the Year: Lisa Gilmore
Honorable Mention: Denise Gard

Lifetime Achievement Winner: Bonnie Bonnett

Leading the Field Winner: Angel Whitson
Giving a "Much Obliged" shout out to all of our sponsors for helping us make this event a mighty big success!!!!
Rich & Pam Williams, Pine Crest Farms
North Coast Opportunities, Rural Communities Child care
First 5 Lake
Child Development Porgrams, LCOE
Department of Social Services
Yuba College, Clearlake Campus
Friends of Mendo Lake Credit Union
Lakeshore Learning
Nurturing Parenting
Bellissimo! Wine Country Catering
Larry Thompson Music and DJ
Bob Rider Photography
The Sonoma Photo Booth Company
Additional Award Winners for real Cowgirl Spirit
Melody Timm - Best Getup (Best Dressed)
Jaclyn Ley (left) Best Zip Line Ride
Kayla Hickey (in tiara) Best Line Dancer

 Additional Winners showing the Wild, Wild West Spirit
Facebook Group photo submission - getting ready for the party

Darcie Schmidt and her Little Rascals -          pre-event Photo Award

Jean Goulart's Bundle of Joy pre-event prep Photo Award

Laurie Daly pre-event prep Photo Award
Jami White pre-event prep Photo Award

All winners of the Cowgirl Spirit and Wild Wild West Spirit can pickup their raffle prize at the LCOE office. See Laurie or Shelly.
LPC Meeting Information
Next Meeting
June 19th at the LCOE Kesey Room. This is our wrap-up meeting for the year,  Here are some of the agenda items:  

Restructuring CA's Child Care and Development System

First 5 CA Media Campaign-Tom Jordan

QRIS Forum

Govenor's May Revise

Zip Code Priorities

Did you miss the LPC Opposition of SB 837 Teleconference Meeting?
Get the highlights here.

You can always check out our meeting minutes and handouts at

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.

Final Preparations
Final meetings with your advisor should be complete. All professional growth classes and core requirements should be completed by May 31 and proof of participation emailed lallen@lakecoe,org or faxed to Laurie Allen at 707-263-0197.
Transcripts must be to our office by May 31 and no later than June 13th.

All second year participants please check that you have posted 3 times for each week.
Send proof of these final requirements to the office:
Participant Survey
Reflection Essay

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. 
Legacy Group

The Hero project is coming soon! We will continue working on the planning throughout the summer preparing for the launch at the Lake County Fair. We are currently planning our next meet. Click here to fill out our Doodle meeting selection survey.!

School is out for SUMMER!!!!! But.... programs continue to operate.

LPC Consortium and LPC Summer retreat are coming. Watch your email for information and dates.

And don't forget that work on the Legacy Project will continue all summer.



in the Local and State Early Childhood Education Community

Head Start CARES: Taking Social and Emotional Interventions to Scale

April 18, 2014

Head Start CARES (Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion) is the first large-scale nationally randomized study of strategies for promoting the social and emotional development of four-year-olds.  The study, conducted from 2009-2011, involved more than 3,600 children in 307 classrooms in 10 states. Read more. 

The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This KIDS COUNT policy report details how a child's early development from birth through age 8 is essential to making an effective transition into elementary school and for long-term academic achievement. To prepare all of America's children to succeed, this document sets forth broad policy recommendations. This policy report also features data on early childhood development for every state, the District of Columbia and the nation. Read more

Links and Information to assist you.
The 2014 Lake County FAMILY RESOURCE GUIDE is now available. 
Spanish translation in process.
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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1152 South Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453
707-262-4162 phone,   707-263-0197 fax
Shelly Mascari at
Laurie Allen at