Local Childcare Planning Council seeks new members

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- “Quality is not just kind of important, it is everything. A good quality child care program can get a child a headstart in life.” Judi Andersen says. She’s the coordinator for the local childcare planning council in Humboldt County. 

The council is essentially an advisory committee, made up of volunteer members, dedicated to making sure parents (of children ages 0-13) have access to quality childcare in the area. They apply for grants, and monitor the needs of care givers to then speak on their behalf to state and other local governing bodies.

“We are the voice for Humboldt County at the state.” Andersen explains, “If we aren’t talking to them they don’t know what the needs are in Humboldt County, and the needs of Humboldt County are very different than many of the other counties that may have a larger voice in the state. Getting our voice out there is important.”

Now, the council is looking to add a new member. They’re accepting applicants from all walks of life who are willing to attend multiple meetings throughout the calendar year, and act as a voice for childcare needs locally at the state level.  

“Our ultimate goal is to make sure that everybody who needs child care has child care.” Andersen says. She says applicants have until Friday, September 15 to apply for a spot on the council. Applications are available online at: http://apps.humboldt.k12.ca.us/sites/lccpc/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/08/LCCPCapp.pdf