Early Care and Education (ECE)

The Contra Costa County Office of Education's Early Care and Education (ECE) coordinates the following programs:

Contra Costa County Local Planning and Advisory Council (LPC) for Early Care and Education

LPCs were created in 1991, through the passing of AB 2141, where each county was requested to create an LPC to establish priorities for Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds.

With the fiscal oversight of the Contra Costa County Office of Education, the LPC’s mission is to promote quality childcare through community assessment, advocacy, workforce development, resource development, and collaboration with other organizations.

Quality Matters

A collaborative effort between the Contra Costa County Office of Education, First 5 Contra Costa and CoCoKids, the Quality Matters (QM) campaign supports and promotes quality early care and education for children age 5 and under in Contra Costa County.

Support and incentives are offered to child care programs and programs sites who participate in the Quality Matters Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to encourage increased standards in child care. Programs are rated on their current quality and are assisted in ways to improve their rating. The voluntary program offers training, coaching, support and advising services.

Early Care and Education Contacts

TITLE NAME (click to email) PHONE FAX
Manager, ECE Programs Denise Clarke (925) 942-3322 (925) 942-3480
Administrative Assistant II Elizabeth Lopez (925) 942-5313 (925) 942-3480
ECE Project Specialist Rebecca Chi (925) 942-5331 (925) 942-3480
Education Liaison ECE Programs Terrissa Hein (925) 942-3397 (925) 942-3480
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