The Young Children's Issues Forum is an annual community event sponsored and organized by the Contra Costa Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development (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.
SAVE THE DATE!
10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2014 "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate"
A forum for discussion among State Legislators, local elected officials and the community regarding current children's issues.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
at the Pleasant Hill Community Center
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.
9th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2013, "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate"
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, over 260 teachers, preschool administrators, college faculty, community advocates, parents, business leaders, and school district administrators attended the 9th Annual Young Children’s Issues Forum—“Speak Out For Children: Educate and Advocate” held at the Willow Pass Community Center, in Concord, CA.
Annually, this award-winning special presentation is a favorite for numerous local elected officials to take part in, as presenters and/or 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 Forum began with a special introduction from guest moderator, Ted Lempert, President of Children Now. Lempert began the conversation by acknowledging the influence and power of collective impact and the need to act together on behalf of children. The moderator’s introduction was followed by two panel presentations starting with remarks from state legislators on panel one and presentations by local elected officials and public agency officers on panel two. Additionally, for the first time, the Forum presented a panel featuring business leaders who shared their views about the importance of investing in early care and education. David Pontecorvo, senior program officer of the East Bay Community Foundation moderated the business panel.
The list of panel presenters included:
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan – 16th Assembly District
Jael Myrick, Senior Field Representative, Office of Assembly Member Nancy Skinner
Tomi Van de Brooke, District Director, Office of Assembly Member Susan Bonilla
Barb Johnson, District Director, Office of Congressman George Miller
Dr. Joseph A. Ovick, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools
Karen Mitchoff, Contra Costa County Supervisor
Dr. Wendel Brunner, Director of Public Health, Contra Costa Health Services
Dr. Helen Benjamin, Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District
Sean Casey, Executive Director, First 5 Contra Costa
Eric Maldonado, Community & Government Relations Officer, Travis Credit Union
Kevin Carnes, President, Lakeshore Learning Materials
Steve Barlow, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mechanics Bank
Ted Lempert, Executive Director, Children Now
David Pontecorvo, Senior Program Officer, East Bay Community Foundation
Materials available from this meeting are now posted (below) and downloadable in PDF format:
“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
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 8th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum:
Old Firehouse School
Travis Credit Union
Human Services Management Corporation
Professional Association of Childhood Education (PACE)
International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) - El Nuevo Mundo Children's Center
Martinez Early Childhood Center, Inc
Concord Child Care Center, Inc.
Contra Costa A.E.Y.C.
A special thank you to our community partners:
The 9th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum, held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Concord Willow Pass Community Center, was videotaped by Contra Costa Television (CCTV). For airing dates please visit CCTV's program guide at www.contracostatv.org