History and Mission
The Marin County Child Care Commission provides a forum for the identification of local priorities for child care and early learning services and the development of policies and strategies to meet these priorities. Established in July of 1995 by the Board of Supervisors, the Child Care Commission provides a community venue where the impact of state and federal child care and family policies, proposed legislation or regulation can be examined from multiple viewpoints. The Commission conducts a mandated community - wide needs assessment, followed by a county-wide strategic plan for child care services every five years. It also advises and makes recommendations to policymakers to promote and plan for quality child care and development for the benefit of all children (birth to 13), their families and Marin County.
Meetings are open to the public and are held on the first Tuesday of every other month. For the meeting schedule please click here.
In the early 1990's state legislature established Local Child Care Planning Councils (LPC's) in every county in California. Member ship on the Commission on the Council is by appointment and is open to individuals interested in fostering the availability of high quality, affordable early care and education services throughout Marin County.
The Commission is mandated to have a minimum of 20 members, nominated by the Commission and approved by the Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. Council members must represent the following specific categories and distribution:
- 20% consumer: defined as a parent or person who receives, or who has received within the past 36 months, child care services
- 20% child care providers: defined as a person who provides child care services or represents persons who provide child care services
- 20% public agency representatives: defined as a person who represents a city, county, city and county, or a local education agency
- 20% community representative: defined as a person who represents an agency or business that provides private funding for child care services, or who advocated for child care services through participation in civic or community-based organizations but is not a child care provider and does not represent an agency that contracts with the CDE to provide child care development services
- 20% discretionary representatives: may be appointed from the above categories or outside of these categories at the discretion of the appointing agencies
If you work or live in Marin County, and are interested in supporting and improving the early education opportunities for young children please fill out an application located at the link below.
Child Care Commission Application
Agendas and Minutes
2011 - 2012
2012 - 2013
2013 - 2014
The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the Commission’s day to day operations, recruiting and developing the group, maintaining the Commission’s focus on identified priorities, and meeting with external stakeholders.
Committee Members: Chair Aideen Gaidmore, Vice Chair Peggy Dodge
Policy and Advocacy Committee
The Policy and Advocacy Committee informs and makes recommendations regarding current state and national legislation that affects children and their families. This committee is responsible for developing the commissions policy platform and leading the commission in implementing it. Chair Laurie O'Hara-Torres, Co-chair Liz Burns
The Quality Committee leads the efforts to provide every child in Marin County with a quality early learning environment.
Chairs: Bonnie MacKenzie, Jackie Tarantino
Master Plan Committee
The Master Plan committee is charged with overseeing the development of the Child Care Master Plan every firve years. The Master Plan assesses the state of childcare needs in the county and establishes goals and priorities for the future.
Chair: Peggy Dodge
- Geographic Areas of Need for Child Care