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.
Speak Out for Children – Become a Sponsor!
We invite you to partner with us by becoming a sponsor and/or a partner in the Annual Young Children's Issues Forum. If you're interested in collaborating or sponsoring this year's event, please choose from one of the options below.
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 11th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum:
10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2014, "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate"
CCTV will rebroadcast the 2014 Young Children's Issues Forum on the following dates:
Friday, February 27th at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 20th at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 24th at 9:00 a.m.
CCTV is Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32 and AT&T U-verse channel 99
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.