The Sacramento County Local Planning Council (Sacramento LPC) is authorized by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Board of Education in accordance with state law, Education Code 8499.3-8499.7.
The purpose of the Sacramento LPC is to:
- Promote public participation in the planning process
- Advocate for the needs of families in the County with respect to early care and education
- Advise the Board of Supervisors and Board of Education with respect to the early care and education needs of families in Sacramento County.
In October 1991, the United States Congress established a federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) through which each state was allocated funds to assist low-income families in obtaining child care and development services. Subsequently, California developed a State Plan which specified that local communities should have a voice in the appropriation and allocation of CCDBG funds. In the same year, AB 2141 required each county establish a Local Child Care and Development Planning Council (LPC) to identify priorities for CCDBG funds based on the needs of families.
In 1997, welfare reform legislation (CalWORKS) revised the membership and responsibilities of local planning councils, establishing the County Board of Education and the County Board of Supervisors as the governing and appointing bodies of the Council. Each Council is governed by Education Code 8499.3-8499.7, the Brown Act, and their own bylaws.
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. LPCs 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. LPCs are intended to serve as a forum to address the child care needs of all families in the community and all child care programs - including both subsidized and non-subsidized child care.