Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee

Purpose

To improve coordination and collaboration between agencies serving young children and families, and to identify strategies to improve the quality and availability of child care, to improve children's school readiness, and to support parents in raising healthy children.

Membership

The committee is a multi-agency and multi disciplinary team, convened by the CCF, of early childhood program representatives and advocates.

Current Goals

A quality childhood care and education system is a critical part of the continuum of supports that the Commission seeks to achieve. Childhood care and education refers to:

  • Programs and services for families and children from the prenatal period through age eight, and
  • Programs for school age children and youth up to age 12 during their out-of-school hours.

The Committee is addressing issues and concerns that emerged through the Commission's Comprehensive Planning Process.  

Early Childhood

  • Lack of quality, availability and affordable child care options for parents seeking specific types of care, including: infant/toddler, special needs care, non-traditional hours, culturally/ linguistically specific care, after school care, etc.
  • A significant percentage of entering kindergartners lack the requisite early literacy skills needed for school success, particularly in high need lower income communities.
  • Lack of mental health supports for young children and their families and caregivers, including specialized early childhood focused prevention, early intervention, consultation, and treatment services.
  • Growing numbers of lower income families with young children who lack access to specialized early childhood programs and services, including individualized child development, parenting and family support services for at risk families using home visitation and other home-based models.

Professional Development for Child and Family Service Providers

  • Lack of service providers and treatment services with trained staff and specialized capacity to work with diverse needs and populations: cultural competency, differing child rearing and health practices among diverse cultural/ethnic communities, youth with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, attachment disorders, effects of trauma, brain development, evidence based practices and program models, etc.
  • Lack of child care providers, home visitors, parent educators and other early childhood program staff with specific training and/or professional degrees in early childhood development, childhood care and education, and other related fields.

Past Projects

  • The Committee has served as advisors in the planning, implementing and assessment of services.
  • Developed and made recommendations around early childhood  
  • Provided input and developed child care training support for providers/parents
  • Helped coordinate special events Contracted to develop and deliver the School Readiness Baseline Survey and Study

Meetings

The Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee meets from 6-8 PM the second Thursday of the month, in room 115 of the Public Services Building at 155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro, 97124