In January 1988, the Kern County Board of Supervisors established the Kern County Commission on Child Care. It was created to advise the Board of Supervisors on all matters relating to child care with a major focus on identifying service gaps and providing recommended solutions.
There are currently 58 individual planning councils representing each county in California. The primary mission of the LPCs 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 their ideas and concerns during the local planning process.
In 1992, the Kern County Board of Supervisors and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools jointly appointed the Council as the Local Child Care and Development Planning Council for Kern County. This appointment further enhanced its ability to facilitate the development of a more comprehensive child care delivery system for Kern County.
Although new language on governing local child care planning councils is found in the welfare reform legislation, the purpose and scope of the LPC goes beyond child care programs funded by the federal block grant. LPCs are intended to serve as a forum to address the child care needs of all families in the community and in all child care programs – including both subsidized and non-subsidized child care.
In January 2009 the Kern County Early childhood council changed its name to the Early Childhood Council of Kern. This new name accurately describes the population in which the Council is vested. High quality early childhood services are of the utmost importance to the Council, therefore, many training opportunities are offered throughout the year for both center-based and family child care providers,and the early childhood field in general is located on the web site at www.earlychildhoodkern.org
Early Childhood Council of Kern – Mandates
Education Code 8499.5
LPC shall do all of the following:
The Early Childhood Council of Kern is a resource for data on the supply and demand for child care in Kern County. This information may be of use to programs for a variety of purposes. including the writing of grants for subsidized child care services. For more information regarding the type of data available, contact the Early Childhood Council of Kern office at (661) 861-5274.