The First 5 Commission is the State and County agency that sets policy for services for children under 5 years of age and their families. The funding comes from a voter approved proposition that added a 50 cent tax to each pack of cigarettes. A full description of the Commission and its policies can be found at the First 5 web site.

The West Ed Institute for Professional Developmentprovides stipends to support professionals who are working in the child development field to continue their education. West Ed gets its funding from the First 5 Commission. Visit the West Ed web site for more information on the program. West Ed has designated regional agencies to provide information and support to working professionals that want to apply. Contact the nonprofit agency Provider Connection, in the North Santa Clara County area, through the PACCC CARES web site.

The Child Development Training Consortium provides a matrix giving an overview of the requirements for various levels of teaching responsibility in early childhood settings. Go to the CDTC web site and click on the Child Development Permits icon. Once on that page, click on the English or Spanish version of the Child Development Permit matrix. Click on the icon above the language versions links to view a chart of the school-age emphasis matrix. For an overview of the Consortium, return to the home page and click on the Introduction to CDTC icon. Visit the CDTC web site.

Inclusion Collaborative of Santa Clara County

The Inclusion Collaborative leads the effort to provide every young Santa Clara County Child with a quality early learning environment. Its focus is the successful inclusion of children birth through age five with special needs in child care, preschool programs and the community through education, advocacy and awareness. The 4 services offered are advicacy and access, inclusion support, professional development, and screening and assessment coordination. For additional and professional development opportunities visit

Local Early Education Planning Council of Santa Clara CountyThe Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC) is a collaborative association of representatives from the early care and education field, including parents, child care providers, businesses, and government. The Council brings together parents, community members, government representatives, and child care providers to:

* assess local child care needs
* set local priorities for use of state and federal funds
* affect public policy decisions regarding early education and before & after school programs

For more information and meeting dates visit

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