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Mendocino County Child Care Planning Council

The Mendocino County Child Care Planning Council provides a forum for the identification of local priorities for child care and early learning services and the development of policies and strategies to meet these priorities. Established in 1998 by the Board of Supervisors, the Mendocino County Child Care Planning Council provides a community venue where the impact of state and federal child care and family policies, proposed legislation or regulation can be examined from multiple viewpoints. The Council conducts a mandated community - wide needs assessment, followed by a county-wide strategic plan for child care services at least every five years. It also advises and makes recommendations to policymakers to promote and plan for quality child care and development for the benefit of all children (birth to 22), their families and Mendocino County.

Meetings are open to the public and are held on the first Wednesday of every other month. For the meeting schedule please click here.


The mission of the Mendocino County Child Care Planning Council is to promote the professional growth of the child care and early education workforce, and to advocate for the development of quality, accessible and affordable child care programs for children ages birth to 21.


All Mendocino County children will have equal access to safe, stimulating and nurturing childcare and early education environments so that children thrive emotionally, intellectually and physically.

Funding Priorities by Zip Code

Under contract with the California Department of Education (CDE) Child Development Division, the Child Care Planning Council (CCPC) is required to set funding priorities by zip code areas.  As grant funds originated from the State for the development or expansion of child development services, applications for funding can be made in any priority number, but are reviewed in order of their designated priority.  Signed zip code priorities are due to CDE May 30 annually.

Economic Impact of Child Care Brochure


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