Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils


The primary mission of the LPCs is to plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community. LPCs are intended to serve as a forum to address the child care needs of all families in the community for all types of child care, both subsidized and non-subsidized. There are currently LPCs representing each county in California. (See WIC sections 10480 and 10485-10487)

LPC responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

By May 30 of each year, upon approval by the county board of supervisors and the county superintendent of schools, a local planning council shall submit (to the CDSS and the CDE) the local priorities it has identified that reflect all child care needs in the county. To accomplish this, a local planning council shall do all of the following:

Conduct an assessment of child care needs in the county no less frequently than once every five years. The department shall define and prescribe data elements to be included in the needs assessment and shall specify the format for the data reporting. The needs assessment shall also include all factors deemed appropriate by the local planning council in order to obtain an accurate picture of the comprehensive child care needs in the county.

For more information about LPCs, please contact the Child Care and Development Division, at 916-651-5382, or by e-mail at LPC@dss.ca.gov.

LPC Reporting and Voluntary Transfer Request Forms

LPC Zip Code Priorities 2021-2022 

See the Zip Code Priorities Instructions page.

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