The Santa Barbara County Strategic Plan for Early Care and Education
Vision 2020: The Santa Barbara County Strategic Plan for Early Care and Education fulfills the requirement of the California Education Code, Section 8231 (K) (4), for each child care and development planning council to: "Prepare a comprehensive countywide child care plan designed to mobilize public and private resources to address identified needs." This plan serves as a blueprint for improving early care and education services, as well as other services critical to the wellbeing of the children and families of Santa Barbara County.
The current countywide plan, Santa Barbara County Strategic Plan for Early Care and Education, was based on the critical findings and recommendations of a needs assessment completed by the Child Care Planning Council. This plan identifies two Desired Outcomes, each with three specific goals.
Desired Outcome I: Caring communities will support high quality early care and education throughout Santa Barbara County.
Goal 1: The public will be informed about the importance of early care and education.
Goal 2: All entities participating in the care and education of children will be part of a coordinated integrated countywide system.
Goal 3: The community will support access to high quality affordable early care and education for all families.
Desired Outcomes II: There will be a high-quality early care and education system throughout Santa Barbara County.
Goal 1: High quality early care and education programs will support the development of the whole child and strong nurturing families.
Goal 2: High quality early care and education programs will be staffed by a stable, well qualified and well compensated workforce.
Goal 3: High quality early care and education programs will utilize research-based practices.
Since the Santa Barbara County Strategic Plan for Early Care and Education was completed, the Strategic Plan Committee of the Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council has endeavored to track efforts made to achieve its goals and objectives.