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About the Council

The Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council (OCLPC, aka Council), appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Orange County Superintendent of Schools, teams with the community to help meet the child care needs of Orange County.  Council members are interested in issues dealing with all aspects of child care and development, including:

  • Safety
  • Quality child care
  • Development of child care workforce
  • Accessibility of services for child development


  • Local OC Child Care Database

  • Collaborated with First 5 OC and CHS to distribute supplies to providers

  • Informational webinars

  • Inclusion Pathway and Self-Assessment 

  • Child Care Plan

  • Workforce Pathways Stipend Program = 168 Stipends totalling $280,000
  • Provided professional learning opportunities
  • Distribute the Weekly Round-Up every Wednesday


Council Leadership 2021-2022​ ​

Council Chair

Fritzi Gragg

​Council Vice-Chair

Valerie Padilla

​Council Second Vice-Chair

Chris Becerra

Superintendent of Schools Liaison

​Dr. Elida Garcia

Board of Supervisors Liaison

​to be announced

​LPC Coordinator

Susan Shepardson

​LPC  Admin

Lisa Edwards


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