Mission Statement

The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council takes the lead in planning and advocating for quality care and education for all children in San Mateo County from birth to age fourteen. It is a state-mandated local council under joint auspices of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools.

Meetings & LOCATION

The Council website, with current Calendar, Agendas, Strategic Plan, and Membership Roster, is hosted at the SMCOE website. At this link:


The San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council meets six times per year, at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.  All meetings are

open to the public. Most meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Committees meet first (9:00-10:15), followed by the full Council from 10:30-12:00.  Once or twice a year, the Council meets on a Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to allow for more community participation. For these Tuesday evenings; Committees will meet 5:00-6:00, and the full Council from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Member Roster

Current Membership Title Appointed Expires Representing
Dave Pine Co-Chair   n/a All County
Anne Campbell Co-Chair   n/a All County
Ben Cohn Member   6/30/2017 North, Central
Elizabeth Foster Member   9/30/2017 Central
Jessica Mihaly Member   9/30/2017 South
Sarah Kinahan Member 02/01/2006 9/30/2018 Central
Sarah Poulain Member   09/30/2017 All County
Karen Haas-Foletta Member   9/30/2017 Central
Scott Leslie Member   6/30/2019 North, Coast
Anne Senores Member   06/30/2018 North
Michelle Blakely Member   09/30/2019 All County
Pauahi McGinn Member   06/30/2018 North
Melinda Ramzel Member 09/01/2011 09/30/2019 South, Central
Paul Proett Member 09/28/2013 06/30/2017 All County
Jennifer Rogers Member   06/30/2018 All County
Karen Alden Member   06/30/2017 All County
Harvey Schloss Member   09/30/2018 South
Jennifer Bernard Member   09/30/2017 All County
Julie Cates Member   09/30/2019 South
Cheryl Oku Member   06/30/2019 North
Heather Hopkins Member   09/30/2018 Central
Lisa Zimiga Member   09/30/2017 North


50% of members appointed by Board of Supervisors, 50% by County Superintendent of Schools; Number of persons to be appointed in each category is four (20% each). Total number of members, including co-chairs, is 22. Co-chaired by a member of the Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. Members include representatives from each region of the county: North, Central, South and Coast




The Council makes decisions on the local distribution of state childcare funding. It /onducts a mandated community - wide needs assessment, followed by a countywide strategic plan for childcare services for all children every/ five years


There are 22 voting members jointly appointed by the County Superintendent of Schools and the County Board of Supervisors




Monali S. Sheth, Deputy County Counsel
Office of the County Counsel
400 County Center, 6th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063


In 1991 the legislature established Local Child Care Planning Councils (LPCs) in every county in California. In San Mateo County, the LPC is known as the Child Care Partnership Council (CCPC). From the beginning, the CCPC was co-chaired by a member of the Board of Supervisors and the County Superintendent of Schools. In 1997, with the advent of welfare reform, the role of CCPC was strengthened through passage of AB 1542 and the implementation of CalWORKS (Education Code, Sections 8499.3 et. seq. and 54744.) This legislation formalized the stakeholders who must make up the Council and mandated specific duties and decisions.  The Council is the official advisory body for the San Mateo County Early Learning Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).