The Child Care Planning Council Standing Committees, which do the work of the Council, meet at various times and locations. Members of the community are welcome to join a committee of interest. The Standing Committees and their respective chairs are listed below.
Community Partnership Committee: An advisory committee to the Planning Council that is made up of stakeholders such as housing, business, media, and transportation development organizations who meet quarterly to discuss the role of organizations not providing direct services in the child care field. This committee is comprised of non-Council members, although Council members are welcome to attend.
Chair: Virgina Hartnett
Quality-ICE [Inclusion, Care, Education] Committee: Identifies and studies early care and development issues that interface with First 5 San Diego. Writes issue papers. Plans and puts on the Directors’ Workshop and the Barbara Chernofsky Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony. Advises the Planning Council on child care issues, including access, for special needs and/or disability populations. Serves in an advisory role to the projects funded by Senate Bill 640.
Chair: Kathryn Owen
Executive Committee: Consists of committee chairs, Planning Council officers, and previous Planning Council chair. If a committee has co-chairs, one chair attends to represent their committee. Most action items of the Planning Council are reviewed by the Executive Committee prior to the Council meeting. Committee can take action in an emergency, and the actions are ratified at the next Planning Council meeting.
Chair: Michelle Soltero
Needs Assessment Committee: Responsible for conducting a state-mandated county-wide child care needs assessment every five years, as well as other original research on child care issues affecting San Diego County.
Chair: Jennifer Ryan
Public Policy Committee:
Reviews state and federal legislation affecting all phases of child care and child development; Informs planning council about upcoming legislative bills, the state budget and legislative issues; Recommends positions (Support, Oppose, or Watch) on state legislation to the council for vote; Planning Council recommendations are forwarded to the County Board of Supervisors and County Superintendent of Schools; Sponsors and/or supports local legislative events including: Legislative Breakfast and Speak Out for Children; Shares educational legislative materials, as appropriate, with the Board of Supervisors, their staff, and County Superintendent of Schools. Collaborates with other local agencies and organizations to share information on current legislative issues.
Chair: Debra Boles