Early Care and Education
The Early Care and Education (ECE) team, including Quality Matters and the Monterey County Child Care Planning Council (MCCPP), both play a critical role in the early learning and care system.
Quality Matters is dedicated to supporting ECE educators through professional development and program support to ensure the county’s youngest learners have equitable access to high quality learning programs. The ECE team empowers educators to support the development of young children.
The mission of the MCCPC is to create a comprehensive, integrated child care delivery system for Monterey County families. The Council is supported by public and private partnerships composed of child care consumers, ECE educators, local agencies, and community advocates.
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Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) will bring together programs across early learning and K-12, relying heavily on Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) and California State Preschool Program (CSPP), as well as Head Start, community-based organizations (CBOs), and private preschool to ensure every four-year old child – regardless of background, race, zip code, immigration status, or income level – has access to a quality learning experience the year before kindergarten.
A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law, Ed. Code 48000[c] and Senate Bill 1381.
Quality Matters is Monterey County’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Quality Matters is working to provide all children and families access to high quality early learning experiences.
Quality Matters Monterey County is supporting to raise the quality of early learning programs by assessing and supporting early learning programs in the following areas:
- Health and child development
- Teacher-to-child ratios and group sizes
- Teacher-child interactions
- Age and developmentally appropriate learning activities
- Teacher and administrator education and training
By participating in Quality Matters, Early Childhood Educators embark on a path of continuous quality improvement. Benefits of Quality Matters for Educators and Programs:
- Quality improvement plan and resources
- Professional development, coaching, and training opportunities
- Peer support network
- Quality rating
- Recognition of commitment to continuous quality improvement
For additional information visit: The Quality Matters Monterey County Website
Child Care Planning Council
The mission of the Monterey County Child Care Planning Council is to create a comprehensive,
integrated child care delivery system that offers safe, high quality, culturally sensitive,
affordable child care to Monterey County families who need it; a system that allows parental
choice and is supported by strong partnerships with public and private resources.
The Monterey County Local Planning Council (LPC) will meet at the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), located at 901 Blanco Circle, unless otherwise indicated. All meetings below are governed by the Brown Act and are open to the public.
The Local Planning Council (LPC) is a collaborative association of representatives from the early care and education field, including parents, child care providers, businesses, and government.
2022-2023 meeting dates will be voted on during the July 20,2022 meeting, and posted on this webpage shortly after. Please come back for the 2022-2023 meeting dates.
The next meeting date will be July 20,2022 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Please join us via zoom: Click here for link
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- Article I - Name
- Article II - Authority
- Article III - Definitions
- Article IV - Statement of Purpose
- Article V - Duties and Functions
- Article VI - Membership
- Article VII - Development of Local Priorities
- Article VIII - Officers
- Article IX - Committees and Duties
- Article X - Elelctions
- Article XI - Meetings
- Article VII - Voting Procedures
- Article XIII - Council Positions and Legislation
- Article XIV - Bylaws
- Article XV - Parliamentary Authority
Through the passage of AB 2141, Ed. Code sections 8499.3 and 8499.5 (1991), the primary mission of the Local Planning Council (LPC) is to plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community. Through collaborative efforts with other individuals and organizations interested in the welfare of families, LPCs should also support the existing child care infrastructure by coordinating services that are locally available. As a result of planning, collaboration, and support for the child care systems that currently exist, the LPCs plan and determine local priorities for new state and federal funds. In order to be fully effective, councils are highly encouraged to strengthen the partnerships with both public and private organizations in each county. By forming strong community partnerships, each group involved becomes empowered to share its ideas and concerns during the local planning process.
“Child care” means all child care and development services, including private for- profit programs, nonprofit programs, and publicly funded programs, for all children up to and including 12 years of age, including children with special needs and children from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
“Child care provider” means a person who provides child care services or represents persons who provider child care services.
“Community representative” means a person who represents an agency or business that provides private funding for child care services or who advocates for child care services through participation in civic or community-based organizations, but who is not a child care provider and does not represent an agency that contracts with the State Department of Education to provide child care and development services.
“Consumer” means a parent or person who receives child care, or who has received it within the past 36 months.
“Public agency representative” means a person who represents a city, county, city and county or local education agency.
“Public member” means any person who is a resident of the County served by the Monterey County Child Care Planning Council.
The purpose of the Monterey County Child Care Planning Council is to support a comprehensive, integrated child care delivery system that offers safe, high quality, culturally sensitive, affordable child care to Monterey County families who need it; that allows parental choice; and is supported by a partnership of public and private resources.
The Council provides a forum for child care issues by:
- Identifying/approve priorities for child care in Monterey County;
- Recognizing child development needs in Monterey County for state and federal funding allocations;
- Developing policies to meet the needs identified within those priorities consistent with State mandates.
The Council complies with requirements outlined in State law that correspond with the Education Code, Section 8499.5 and the annual contract for Local Planning Council Services awarded by the California Department of Education. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Elect a chair and select staff;
- Conduct an assessment of child care needs in the county no less than once every five years;
- 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 Monterey County;
- Submit the results of the needs assessment and the local priorities identified to the Board of Supervisors, Superintendent of Schools, and the California Department of Education;
- Encourage public input in the development of priorities, and assure a minimum of at least one public hearing during which the public can comment on the proposed priorities;
- Prepare a comprehensive countywide child care plan designed to mobilize public and private resources to address identified needs;
- Conduct a periodic review of child care programs funded by State departments to determine if identified priorities are being met;
- Collaborate with agencies, organizations, and individuals to foster partnerships designed to meet local child care needs;
- Coordinate part-day child care programs to provide full-day care;
- Review and comment on proposals requesting State funding for child care programs within Monterey County;
- Provide Council members when requested by the State Department of Education to serve on a team to review and score proposals outside of Monterey County requesting funding for child care programs;
- Provide and support leadership training to the Council;
- Provide consultation when requested by State departments regarding the development of a single application and intake form for all publicly subsidized child care and development services.
A maximum of 20 members shall be nominated to the Council from specific categories as listed in Section B below. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools shall each appoint one-half of the members.
The Council shall be comprised as follows:
- Twenty percent of the membership shall be consumers who are parents or persons who receive, or who have received within the past 36 months, child care services.
- Twenty percent of the membership shall be child care providers who represent the diversity of the types of child care providers.
- Twenty percent of the membership shall be public agency representatives from organizations serving Monterey County.
- Twenty percent of the membership shall be community representatives who are not child care providers or agencies that contract with the Department of Education to provide child care and development services.
- The remaining twenty percent shall be public members appointed at the discretion of the appointed agencies.
Every effort shall be made to ensure that the ethnic, racial, and geographic composition of the Council is reflective of the ethnic, racial, and geographic distribution of the population of the County.
The service term of Council members shall be three years commencing July 1 st of each year. At the end of the term, members may reapply.
Attendance is expected of all Council members. Records of attendance shall be kept and reported at each meeting. When the Council meets no more than eight times during the fiscal year, a member is allowed two reasonable absences from regular Council meetings in that fiscal year. When the Council meets nine times or more during a fiscal year, a member is allowed three reasonable absences from regular Council meetings. If a member exceeds these absences without a reasonable excuse, his or her seat shall be considered vacant. Members may send alternates to receive information in their place. However, the alternate shall have no voting power and the member will still be considered absent.
Upon approval of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, the Council shall identify the County priorities for Child Care in a manner that ensures that all child care needs in the County are met to the greatest extent possible, and shall follow the directives set forth in Section 8499.5 of the California Education Code and the Funding Terms and Conditions of the Local Child Care Planning Council Contract.
Officers elected by the Council shall be the Chair, 1 st Vice-Chair, 2 nd Vice-Chair, Member-at-Large, and Secretary, and shall each serve a two-year term, beginning July 1st of each even-numbered year.
Vacancy of Office: If an office becomes vacant, the Executive Committee may fill the office by appointment with the approval of the Membership for the remainder of the term of the vacated position.
Removal of Officer: A Council officer may be removed from office by two-thirds vote of Council members present at a regular or special meeting.
The Chair shall:
- Preside over all regular meetings;
- Appoint members to committees other than the Executive Committee and Nominating/Membership Committee;
- Act as an ex-officio member on all committees except the Nominating/Membership Committee;
- Represent the Council or designate a representative at public functions;
- Provide annual reports to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, as requested and/or needed.
A Vice-Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair when the Chair is absent or unable to perform the duties of the Chair, and shall serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee, which is charged with preparing an annual slate of officers and proposing candidates for membership.
The Secretary and/or staff shall be responsible for recording and transcribing all minutes of meetings and maintaining all other records and communications of the Council. The Secretary and/or staff will be responsible for maintaining correspondence, scheduling Council meetings and activities, and giving notice of all meetings in a timely manner.
The Executive committee shall be composed of the following:
- 1st Vice-Chair
- 2nd Vice-Chair
- Child Care Planning Council Coordinator (non-voting)
The duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are to:
- Provide leadership, financial accountability, and policy recommendations to the Council;
- Develop meeting agendas;
- Conduct the business of the Council between meetings of the membership;
- Perform other duties as specified in these bylaws.
The Executive Committee shall be subject to the directives of the Council and none of its acts shall conflict with action taken by the Council. Under the direction of the Council, the Child Care Planning Council Coordinator shall serve as the fiscal officer.
The Council shall establish the standing committees prior to the beginning of each fiscal year. Meetings of the committees may be called by the committee chair or by three members of the Executive Committee. Members present shall compose a quorum.
The Nominating/Membership Committee will be chaired by a Vice-Chair and composed of no less than three Council members selected by the Council.
Additional Council committees shall be appointed on an ad-hoc basis to address child care issues and concerns. The Executive Committee shall review the scope and purpose of these committees at least annually and shall make recommendations to the Council regarding their continuation or elimination. Committees shall meet at the call of the committee chair. All committees with the exception of the Executive Committee may also include persons not on the Council. A chair shall be selected for each committee from the membership of the Council. Council members shall actively serve on at least one committee.
Standing committees of the Council are subject to the notice, agenda, and public participation requirements of the Brown Act (California Government Code sec. 54950 et seq.).
The Nominating/Membership Committee shall present the slate of officers during the regular May meeting of each even numbered year. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.
Election of officers shall be held at the next Council meeting following the announcement of the slate of officers. Each officer must be elected by an affirmation vote of a majority of the Council members present at the meeting.
The Council will convene no less than quarterly to assess needs, identify recommended priorities, implement the Master Plan, and recommend state and federal funding allocations for child care and development services in Monterey County to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Monterey County Office of Education, and/or any other stakeholders.
Meetings of the Council shall be noticed and held in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code section 54950 et seq.
A meeting of the Council may be called by the Chair, a member of the Executive Committee, or by a majority of the full Council. Written notice of such meetings must be provided to any person who has previously requested notice.
Written notice of Council meetings shall be mailed or otherwise sent to all Council members.
Each Council member has one vote.
A quorum shall be required for the transaction of business. A majority (half of the current appointed members plus one who are present during the meeting) with memberships in good standing shall constitute a quorum.
Records shall be kept of actions and votes.
No Council member shall participate in a vote if he/she has a proprietary interest in the outcome of the matter being voted upon.
The Council may advise the public of its position on legislation. Council positions on legislation must be approved by a majority of the Council. If the Council wishes to request a County or Office of Education position on a legislative item, the request shall be submitted through the appropriate procedures as directed by the County and/or the Office of Education. Positions taken by the Council regarding legislation that have not been approved by the Board and County Legislative Committee shall indicate that they do not represent the official County policy.
Adoption of Bylaws: These bylaws shall become effective upon approval of the Council, Monterey County Office of Education, and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
Amendments to the Bylaws: These bylaws may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of those members present at any meeting, provided the amendments have been submitted to the membership at least 30 calendar days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is proposed. All amendments must be approved by the Council, the Monterey County Office of Education, and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
Early Child Care Educators, Family Child Care Educators, and parents are an essential part of the county's early care & education field.