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The Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego declares that well being, protection, and healthy development of children, youth and families are essential to the residents of San Diego County. The family is recognized as the primary caregiver and source of social learning and must be supported and strengthened, while always ensuring the safety of children. When families are unable to provide for their children's basic needs, it is society's responsibility to work with them by assisting with the provision of needed services that are efficient, effective, coordinated and readily available. In order to fulfill the tasks related to this policy, the San Diego County Child Care and Development Planning Council is hereby recognized as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors. As specified in Assembly Bill 1542 and Education Code sections 8499.3 and 8499.5, the Planning Council shall advise the Board of Supervisors as well as the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools in matters within its duties and responsibilities.
The purpose of the Planning Council is to assess the child care and child development needs of San Diego County children and develop plans to address those needs. As required by statute, the Council will establish priorities for the distribution of federal, state, and local child care and development funds. It will seek and advocate for funding for child care and child development services. Working collaboratively with community agencies, the business community, andorganizations to support and enhance community child care resources and services, the Planning Council will promote the improvement of quality in child care and development services for all San Diego County children.
Due to its mission to assess and identify local child care needs and priorities, the Council is in a unique position to educate the community and to review and comment upon federal, state and local proposals related to child care. The Council may review and comment upon proposals which may impact local child care needs and priorities. The Council may provide information and educational materials relating to local child care needs and priorities to individuals and organizations in furtherance of developing additional local child care resources. If the Council wishes the County to take an official position on child care legislation, the Council shall work with County staff to recommend the position be included in the County's established intergovernmental legislative program process.
(Added by Ord. No. 9319 (N.S.), effective 4-19-01; amended by Ord. No. 9772 (N.S.), effective 6-8-06 ; amended by Ord. No. 10320 (N.S.), effective 2-27-14; amended by Ord. No. 10494 (N.S.), effective 10-26-17)