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About the Local Planning Council 

The Local Planning Council (LPC) for Child Care Development supports the overall coordination of early care and education services to ensure that all children and families have access to quality child care that educates children and enriches their lives. 

The Mission

The LPC is the united voice for early care and education in Nevada County. The LPC increases access to high-quality early learning and care programs to meet the needs of children, families and early care educators in a continuum of settings where children learn, including licensed child care providers, informal caregivers and TK/K programs.

Why does quality early care and education matter to everyone?

How We Do This
  • ASSESS Nevada County's overall child care needs once every five years, as funding permits, to include data on supply, demand, cost, and market rates for each type of child care provided in Nevada County.
  • DEVELOP a comprehensive countywide child care plan based on the child care needs assessment to mobilize public and private resources to effectively address identified needs for high-quality child care services.
  • IDENTIFY/REPORT zip codes in our county with the greatest need for child care services to inform and advocate where state and federal child care funds and contracts should be prioritized.
  • ADVOCATE for funding for child care and child development services based on established priorities to support and enhance the improvement of quality in child care and development services for all Nevada County children.
  • COLLABORATE with partner agencies and key stakeholders to meet local child care needs, identify emerging issues, develop strategies, and implement solutions for staff retention and high-quality child care services.
  • ADVANCE educator qualifications through research-based trainings and professional development stipends/grants to positively impact children and support child care workforce retention. This matters because young children thrive when they have secure, positive relationships with adults who are knowledgeable about how to support their development and learning and responsive to their individual progress.  
  • INCREASE access to safe and engaging child care environments through site improvement grants to support children’s learning and social-emotional development.
  • OPERATE the Quality Counts California (QCC) program, a statewide effort to raise the quality of early learning and care systems and provide coaching, professional development activities and grants to support early care and education settings in offering the best learning experiences possible to the children in their care.
  • DIRECT the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) to strengthen transitions and aligned learning from early childhood to early elementary grades so that young children will have a smoother and more successful experience in kindergarten and across the early elementary grades.