Article II: Membership and Terms

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION AND MEMBERSHIP

To comply with mandates of AB 1542 and to maintain an inclusive participation from the diverse communities in Lake County, the Council has a General Membership and an appointed Voting Committee.

General Membership is open to all Lake County residents and persons employed in Lake County who are supportive of, and work for, the betterment of child care in Lake County. General membership is indicated by attendance at Planning Council meetings, Council committee participation, or support of Planning Council activities through volunteer work or contributions of goods or services. General members do not vote on business or policy items. They participate in recruiting and selecting nominees for the Voting Committee and directing the focus of Planning Council activities. [General members must submit an application and are appointed by the Voting Committee.]

Voting Committee Members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors or County Superintendent of Schools and exercise decision-making responsibility for Planning Council functions as described in AB 1542, as well as hold voting rights on all Council business and policy recommendations. The Voting Committee is composed of 20 members, from the categories listed below. Every effort is made to ensure that membership reflects the racial, ethnic, and geographic population of the County. Every effort is made to ensure that categories include representation from groups that serve families and children with disabilities and other special needs.

A) 20% Consumers (4 parents or adults responsible for children who have been in child care in the last 36 months)

B) 20% Child Care Providers (not more than 1 from each of the following areas):

  • Child Care Payment Programs (AP)
  • Community Based Non-Subsidized
  • Community Based Subsidized
  • Family Child Care
  • Head Start
  • School District

C) 20% Public Agency Representatives

Suggested groups to be represented:

  • City Government
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Community Care Licensing
  • Community Development Agency (County Planning)
  • County Office of Education
  • County Social Services Agency
  • Parks and Recreation

D) 20% Community Representatives:

Four individuals who are not child care providers or CDD contractors, but are from an agency or business that provides private funding for child care services, or persons who advocate for child care services through participation in civic or community-based organizations.

Suggested groups to be represented:

  • Business and Chambers of Commerce
  • Ethnic organizations (Tribal Councils, Hispanic Organizations, etc.)
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Foundations
  • Healthy Start
  • Interested citizens
  • Labor organizations
  • League of Women Voters
  • Service organizations (Kiwanis, Rotary Club)
  • United Way

E) 20% (4 total) at Discretion of the County Board of Supervisors and County Superintendent of Schools:

Suggested groups to be represented:

  • Child care providers including public and private centers
  • License exempt providers
  • Family child care
  • Head Start
  • Alternative Payment Programs
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Child development experts
  • Family support personnel
  • Early childhood professional associations
  • Non-governmental social services agencies
  • Economic development specialists

Advisory Members provide the needed expertise or perspective in the areas of child care, community planning, government and higher education. Advisory Member applications are submitted to the Voting Members, then the Board of Supervisors and the Superintendent of Schools for approval.

The role of an Advisory member is:

  • To provide specialized advice and information regarding issues affecting child care and development services in Lake County.
  • To demonstrate a personal commitment and responsibility to improve child care in Lake County.
  • To attend regularly scheduled Council meetings whenever possible, and/or meet quarterly with Council staff to provide input and stay apprised of Council goals and activities.
  • To develop working knowledge of the Mission and mandates of the Council.
  • Advisors are not Voting Members and do not have terms of appointment.]

SECTION 2. TERMS OF APPOINTMENTS

Term for Voting Committee Membership is three years from appointment date, except that at the first meeting of the Council following the adoption of these by-laws and appointment of Voting Committee members, the Voting Committee shall by lot choose half of their number to serve an initial two-year term. All Voting Committee members thereafter shall serve a three year term as provided above. No Voting Committee member shall serve more than two consecutive terms when there are other available members.

SECTION 3. VACANCIES

The Council shall approve new appointments, resignations, and replacements and forward them to the Lake County Board of Supervisors and Lake County Superintendent of Schools for final approval.

For prior-to-term openings, a Membership Committee of at least three members of the current Voting Committee will select and recommend Voting Committee nominees for open categories. The full Voting Committee shall then vote on nominees to forward to the Board of Supervisors and County Superintendent of Schools for appointment to the Voting Committee. The Membership Committee will be appointed by the current Chairperson and will strive to have one representative from each of the five categories of the Voting Committee.

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