Article I: Purpose & Scope

SECTION 1. NAME

The Council shall be designated the Lake County Child Care Planning Council, referred to hereafter as the “Council.”

SECTION 2. MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Lake County Child Care Planning Council is to ensure the availability and accessibility of high-quality child care for the families and children of our community.

SECTION 3. AUTHORIZATION

The Lake County Child Care Planning Council was formed by the Lake County Board of Supervisors and the Lake County Superintendent of Schools in accordance with state law established by California CalWORKs legislation, Assembly Bill 1542 (Ed. Code Sections 8499.3 and 8499.5).

SECTION 4. SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY

The Council shall establish local child care priorities that ensure that all child care needs in the county are met to the greatest extent possible. To accomplish this, the Council shall do 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 need not be limited to, data on supply, demand, cost, and market rates for each category of child care in the county.

(3) Encourage public input in the development of the priorities. Opportunities for public input shall include at least one public hearing during which members of the public can comment on the proposed priorities.

(4) Prepare a comprehensive countywide child care plan designated to mobilize public and private resources to address identified needs.

(5) Conduct a periodic review of child care programs funded by the California Department of Education and the Department of Social Services to determine if identified priorities are being met.

(6) Collaborate with subsidized and nonsubsidized child care providers, county welfare departments and human service agencies, job training programs, employers, interested child and family councils, parent organizations, and other interested parties to foster partnerships designed to meet local child care needs.

(7) Design a system to consolidate local child care waiting lists.

(8) Coordinate part-day programs, including state preschool, Head Start, with other child care to provide full-day child care.

(9) Submit the results of the needs assessment and local priorities identified by the Council to the Lake County Board of Supervisors and the Lake County Superintendent of Schools prior to submitting them to the California Department of Education.

(10) Review and comment on proposals submitted to the California Department of Education that concern child care to be provided within the geographic area covered by the Council. These comments shall in no way be binding on the State Department of Education's determination of programs to be funded.

(11) Identify at least one, but no more than two persons from the Council to serve as part of the State Department of Education's team that reviews and scores proposals for the provision of services funded through contracts with the Department of Education. One person selected by the Board of Supervisors and one selected by the County Superintendent of Schools if two persons are identified or one person selected by both appointing agencies.

(12) Develop and implement a training plan to provide increased efficiency, productivity, and facilitation of Council meetings. This may include developing a training manual, hiring facilitators, and identifying strategies to meet objectives of the Council.

(13) Provide consultation to the State Department of Education and the State Department of Social Services regarding the development of a single application and intake form for all federal and state subsidized child care development services.

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