The Young Children's Issues Forum is an annual community event sponsored and organized by the Contra Costa County Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education (LPC) and coordinated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.
The purpose of the event is to:
Provide a forum for discussion among state legislators, local officials, and the community regarding current children's issues
Provide the community with tangible advocacy tools, resources, and opportunities to become active in the policy-making and legislative process
Our state is challenged with many budgetary, systemic, and policy issues that impact children and families. The annual forum acknowledges the paramount importance of dialogue among stakeholders in a community as the vehicle to widen the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of key issues in the areas of education, health and social welfare which directly impact young children and their families.
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10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2014, "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate"
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, over 350 teachers, school administrators, college faculty, community advocates, local government officials, parents, business leaders, and state legislators attended the 10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum “Speak Out For Children: Educate and Advocate” held at the renovated Pleasant Hill Community Center, in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Annually, this award-winning special presentation is a favorite for numerous local elected officials to take part in, as presenters in question–and-answer sessions. This year's event gathered an impressive list of federal, state, and local elected officials and business leaders from Bay Area companies.
The 2014 Annual Young Children's Issues Forum presented special recognitions to four elected officials who impacted the lives of families and children through legislation, advocacy and leadership. Congressman George Miller and Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joseph A. Ovick received the “Making the Difference Award” for their legacy in public office, both of them announced their retirement in 2014. Also, Assembly Members Joan Buchanan and Nancy Skinner received the “Key to our Success Award” for their leadership in State Assembly; both legislators completed their terms in office.
The Contra Costa Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education (LPC) and the Contra Costa County Office of Education were also recognized by the State Assembly and Senate and the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. Assembly Member Buchanan presented a joint Assembly and Senate Resolution in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Forum and the exemplary role the LPC plays as catalyst for civic and community engagement to increase awareness regarding socio-economic and educational issues affecting children and families in the Bay Area and beyond.
“It was a great experience to be part of the business forum at the recent Contra Costa County Local Planning Council Conference. Public and private partnerships are critical to the success of quality early childhood programs throughout the state. By starting this dialogue with the business community, I think we have opened the gates to a true partnership between area businesses and the ECE community.” Kevin Carnes, Lakeshore Learning Materials
“The 2013 Young Children's Issues Forum was a first for Mechanics Bank and me this year. We are a family owned bank founded in Richmond 108 years ago with about 600 employees serving in 30 locations in Northern California. Early childhood issues are important to us because they are important to our employees. And early childhood issues are important to us because those children will be the building blocks for our work force in the future. We do everything we can to give our employees the resources, time and flexibility to be good family providers. We applaud the Local Planning Council for their great efforts and success in influencing the lives of young children and their families.”
Steve Barlow, Mechanics Bank
“On April 23 the 9th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum connected so many of the issues, concerns, questions, and dilemmas surrounding Early Childhood Care and Education. The forum was successful in bringing together state and federal legislators, public agency officers, and business leaders with the message of creating a collective impact to improve the quality and professionalization of Early Childhood Care and Education by advocating for our children, and educating the public to create a collective voice. The panelists shared how parents, educators, and community leaders must strategize and create a strong message to local, state, and federal legislators working on educational reform by identifying the issue, identifying the impact, and identifying the resolution. The audience was encouraged to be the voice for all children. Speak Loudly. Don't give up!” Raul Erazo-Chavez, Technical Assistance Coach Specialist, SFUSD
“Attending the Annual Young Children's Issues Forum makes me want to continue my education and become a better teacher.” Anonymous Early Childhood Education Student
“Because I attend the Forum, I am now inspired to go to many more, become more active – speak out- devote more time to this message because it is so important to early education/learning field.” Anonymous Early Childhood Education Student
The Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development (LPC) wishes to thank all of our sponsors
for their generous contributions and support for the 10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum:
A special thank you to our community partners for contributing significant resources
and staff time to ensure the success of this event: