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Reports 2010

  • California Early Learning Quality Improvement System (CAELQIS)   (PDF - 471 KB)
    The State of California is working to implement a strategic, systematic approach to improving the achievement gaps for California's youngest children (0-5) through the formation of Quality Rating Improvement System. This presentation defines and explains the Early Learning Quality Improvement System, describes the recommended 5 Tier Rating Scale, and outlines the recommendations of the Advisory Committee.
  • New List of Early Care and Education Acronyms 2010   *(PDF - 56 KB)
    Our field often uses a multitude of acronyms. This document has recently been updated and a few more acronyms have been added to the list. Please check this out and use it as your handy guide for all your acronym needs.
  • Mental Health Consultation and Early Care and Education   *(PDF - 220 KB)
    The Alameda County Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Group (ECMHSG) is proud to present this position paper to inform the community about the benefits of mental health consultation in early care and education for children 0-5 and their families. Our goal is to inform and advocate for funding of mental health consultation services in early childcare and education. Our position paper on mental health consultation to early care and education settings supports this goal by highlighting the importance of this support service to teachers, families and most importantly to children.
  • Statement on High Quality ECE Principles and Standards   *(PDF - 171 KB)
    The Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council adopted the following statement on quality early care and education on September 18th as a vision of excellence and a process guide for ECE programs and the ECE community.

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Reports 2009

  • Statement on Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education   *(PDF - 92 KB)
    The Planning Council, in partnership with the Early Care and Education committee, is pleased to release the "Statement on Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education." This statement outlines our underlying values and beliefs about the need for culturally responsive care and education, as well as specific strategies to help programs and educators prepare to embrace our increasingly diverse student and family population.
  • Green Child Care
    The Planning Council has centralized some free or low cost resources and information to help child care programs address environmental health issues in their buildings and operations, including a Green Care checklist, recent environmental related laws, and searchable databases for non-toxic toys and art supplies.
  • Inclusive Child Care
    New 2009 versions! The Top 8 Questions Providers Ask About Inclusive Child Care document was created by the Committee on Special Needs. NOTE: Spanish and Chinese versions are also available.
  • Resources For Avoiding And Dealing With Foreclosure   *(PDF - 148 KB)
    Recognizing the impact of the economy and housing crisis on our community, the Child Care Planning Council has compiled a short reference document for how to both avoid and deal with looming foreclosure.
  • Inclusion Statement   *(PDF - 244 KB)
    The Child Care Planning Council is pleased to release the "Inclusive Child Care Statement." This statement outlines the Planning Council's belief in the connection between quality child care and inclusion practices, as well as strategies to aid programs and educators in incorporating inclusion into their practices.

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Reports 2008

  • Building Child Care Into New Developments  *(PDF - 3.9 MB)
    A Guide for Creating Child Care Facilities in Transit Oriented Developments" is a new resource which illustrates the community and private sector benefits of this strategy to connect economic development and child care. It provides for planners and developers:
    • an overview of benefits, opportunities and obstacles for child care programs in Transit Oriented Development,
    • case studies of centers, and
    • a list of resources to get started.
    This publication was produced by the Alameda County LINCC Project of the Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council in partnership with LINCC partners with support from a venture grant from the Linking Economic Development and Child Care Project, the East Bay Community Foundation, and others.
  • On April 23, 2008 the Public Policy Committee of the Planning Council sent out a "Candidates' Questionnaire" to 36 people running for the following offices
    • US Representative - District 9, 10, 13
    • CA Assembly - Districts 14, 15, 16, 18 and 20
    • CA Senate - District 9, 11, 13, 15
    To date we have received responses from four candidates but look forward to more in the future. Their answers are shown in no particular order. Click here to download the questionnaire responses *(PDF - 74 kB)

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Reports 2007

Reports 2006

  • Early Care and Education for All Plan
    As an Early Care and Education for All partner, we are thrilled to share with you the Early Care and Education for All Plan for Alameda County. Alameda County has undertaken this comprehensive planning effort to address the needs of all children birth to five and their families. This Plan will help guide our collective efforts for high quality ECE in Alameda County. We invite you to roll up your sleeves with us and share in this work that will develop lasting and positive outcomes for our children and their families, the ECE workforce and the wider community.
  • The 2006 Alameda County Early Care and Education Needs Assessment Report
    As part of the Early Care and Education For All planning process and as mandated by the state, this report describes the current status of child care supply and demand in Alameda County, and is intended to inform County child care policies and priorities with the most up-to-date county data. The report presents an overview of County demographics as well as child care-specific data, and analyses the supply, demand, costs, and experiences and challenges of special populations and the child care providers themselves. We also have profiles available for each city, as well as zip code for Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward and Oakland.
  • Tuning into Media in Early Care and Education Presentation Handout, July 21, 2006 *(PDF - 191 kB)
    This 2 page handout emphasizes the main features from the Early Care and Education presentation, including resources for teachers, providers and parents.
  • Tuning into Media in Early Care and Education PowerPoint Presentation *(PDF - 1.704 MB)
    The Role of Media in the Growth and Development of Children in Early Care and Education”, July 21, 2006 – This presentation briefly discusses both the negative and positive impacts and influence of media, such as television, computers, videos, music and video games for children during developmental stages. It includes examples of educational use as well as recommendations as to how to monitor media use for children by both parents and providers.
  • Early Care and Education Candidates Questionnaire The Child Care Planning Council asked candidates in the June 2006 primary election to answer questions about early care and education. We received responses from several candidates. Click here *(PDF - 195 kB) to read their responses.
  • The Top 8 Questions Providers Ask About Inclusive Child Care - Spanish *(PDF - 83Kb)
    Created by the Committee on Special Needs, this Spanish language document answers 8 common questions regarding inclusive child care for all child care providers in Alameda County. This document also includes a very useful list of resources for support or technical assistance regarding caring for children with special needs.
  • Alameda County Directory of Early Childhood Mental Health Services (0-6) and Child Care Mental Health Services and Consultation, 2nd Edition *(PDF - 1.427 MB)
    This directory, a publication of the Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Group, is updated and expanded with new and current listings of these important resources for Alameda County's children, families and caregivers.

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Reports 2005

  • The Top 8 Questions Providers Ask About Inclusive Child Care *(PDF - 82 kB)
    Created by the Committee on Special Needs, this document answers 8 common questions regarding inclusive child care for all child care providers in Alameda County. This document also includes a very useful list of resources for support or technical assistance regarding caring for children with special needs.
  • Family Child Care Media Advocacy and Training Toolkit
    The Child Care Planning Council in collaboration with Every Child Counts and the Family Child Care Coalition, is pleased to release this Media and Advocacy Training Toolkit. This toolkit was created as a resource for family child care providers to encourage providers to engage in media and community advocacy on behalf of the family child care industry and family child care providers in Alameda County.
  • Commonly Used Child Care Planning Council Acronyms *(PDF - 28 kB)
    This list describes and explains many of the early care and education terms used by local, county, state, and federal officials.
  • ESPDT Mental Health Programs for Children 0-5 in Alameda County *(PDF - 99 kB)
    This report provides a state-by-state breakdown of the wages and benefits for early care and education professionals. The data is compared both within the early care and education field as well as with wage data for other occupations, showing the lower wages of early care and education occupations in general and especially of child care and preschool staff compared to other early education professionals.
  • "The Blame Game The Media 'Explains' the Preschool Expulsion Study" PowerPoint Presentation, July 15, 2005 *(PDF - 142 kB)
    This presentation examines trends in the media coverage of the preschool expulsion study released in May, 2005. It also provides an overview of the report, "Prekindergarteners Left Behind," which comparing state preschool expulsion rates to national K-12 expulsion rates.
  • "The Blame Game" Presentation Handout, July 15, 2005 *(PDF - 122 kB)
    This 2-page handout accompanies The Blame Game presentation, and provides an overview with important details and website links for further information.
  • The Governor’s Budget and the Federal Legislative Update Implications for Child Care - January 21, 2005 *(PDF - 103 kB)
    This presentation details the Governor's proposed budget for 2005-2006 as well as the changes in Federal Legislation having to do with child care. In addition to providing an overview of these budget and legislative details, the presentation describes the implications these details have on the child care industry in the coming years. Overall, most of these proposed budget and legislative changes cut funding for child care programs and eligibility, resulting in smaller programs serving fewer children with fewer resources.

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Reports 2004

  • State Preschool Expansion Priorities for Alameda County first priority for State Pre-school funding *(PDF - 224 kB)
    As is mandated by the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education, each county's local child care planning council must submit the local priorities that it has identified for all child care needs in the county. This document presents the areas in Alameda County that show the greatest need for funding, as identified through data from March and April, 2004. According to the data, all zip codes in the county show a top priority need for funding at the infant and toddler level, and twenty listed zip codes show a priority need for funding at the preschool-age level.
  • Preliminary Principles of Support for Pre-School For All Endorsed by the Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council January 30, 2004 *(PDF - 130 kB)
    This document describes the preliminary principles of support for Pre-School For All as developed by the Alameda County First Five Commission's Program Committee in September, 2003. The Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council endorses these principles, adding its support to that of the First Five Commission for a Pre-School For All program that includes and implements these guidelines and principles in its structure. The principles focus mainly on providing a high quality program to all children that enhances the programs already in existence, supports the providers and families involved, is adequately funded by the state, is developmentally appropriate for preschool-age children, and includes input from providers, families, and other child care advocates.

Reports 2003

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Reports 2002

  • Land Use for Child Care Facilities, December 2002 *(PDF - 406 kB)
    This report updates the 1999 Child Care Land Use Zoning Report, which outlines the land use and zoning policies that impact the operation and development of child care programs in Alameda County. As a part of this update, city planners completed a survey that included a zoning policy review and compilation of best practices that would help planners and elected officials work with child care providers to include their needs and goals in the zoning, development, and permit practices of each city. In addition to these best practices, the report includes overviews of zoning ordinances and fire code policies from 2002.
  • The Economic Impact of Child Care in Alameda County, December 2002 *(PDF - 2100 kB)
    An update of the 1998 Economic Impact Report for Child Care in Alameda County, this report uses traditional business tools and market analysis to examine the child care industry's impact on the County's local economy. The report includes a snapshot of the county's demographic data, as well as city-by-city data that contribute to the conclusion that while the child care industry has grown in the past several years, it continues to face characteristics and challenges that require particular attention and support from other industries in the economy.
  • A Survey of the Alameda County Child Care Center Workforce 1995-2001, Feb. 2002 *(PDF - 1210 kB)
    This report examines the child care center workforce in Alameda County from 1995 to 2001, focusing particularly on the barriers to retention and recruitment in the industry (within Alameda County) that have led to a staffing crisis in child care centers across the county. The study discussed the demographics, salaries, benefits and working conditions of the workforce, staff tenure and turnover patterns, and accreditation factors that interact to create the staffing crisis, as well as policy implications and recommendations for future policies. This report builds upon the 1998 Child Care Wages & Benefits Survey available below.
  • Preventative Mental Health Services for Young Children in Alameda County , Feb. 2002 *(PDF - 1700 kB)
    This report attempts to describe the mental health needs of children in early care and education settings in Alameda County, and provides policy recommendations to meet these unmet needs and better equip the teachers and providers in the County to be able to meet the children's needs. In addition, the report includes a directory of early childhood mental health care providers and resources serving child care centers and early education programs in Alameda County as a resource to parents and providers.
  • Meeting the Child Care Needs of Alameda County's Children , Feb. 2002 *(PDF - 1800 kB)
    As mandated by the state, this report describes the current status of child care supply and demand in Alameda County, and is intended to inform County child care policies and priorities with the most up-to-date county data. The report presents an overview of County demographics as well as child care-specific data, and analyses the supply, demand, costs, and experiences and challenges of special populations and the child care providers themselves.

Reports 1998-2001

  • Alameda County 1999 Needs Assessment *(PDF - 24 kB)
    This document describes the met and unmet child care needs in Alameda County as of 1999. The needs assessment analyses County data in terms of numbers of children eligible for subsidized care, those not eligible, those who are abused, neglected, or at risk of abuse or neglect, those receiving public assistance, those designated as special needs, enrollment in public school by ethnicity, and first languages spoken other than English in the home.
  • Companion document to Alameda County 1999 Needs Assessment *(PDF - 13 kB)
    This document accompanies the Alameda County 1999 Needs Assessment, and provides additional family income and public assistance data.
  • 1998 Child Care Wage & Benefits Survey *(PDF - 104 kB)
    This report describes the findings of a 1998 survey that built upon a 1995 survey of the demographics, salaries, benefits, and working conditions of child care providers in Alameda County. The findings support the child care provider staffing shortage in the County, and highlight several factors leading to this shortage and high rates of teacher turnover.
  • Alameda County at a Glance 1998
    This report gives a picture of the County's demographics as of 1998, focusing specifically on the data related to children, families, and child care.

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