The San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) is the state-mandated Local Planning Council (LPC), established to provide a forum for the identification of local priorities for early care and education and the development of policies to meet these needs.


The San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) creates and drives the early care and education agenda to meet the needs of San Francisco’s children and their families.


Through equal access to safe, stimulating and nurturing early care and education environments, San Francisco’s children and families of all cultural identities, economic backgrounds and special needs will thrive emotionally, intellectually and physically.


CPAC advocates for a broad system of quality, affordable and accessible early care and education services throughout San Francisco, with a mandate from the state to focus on low-income and at-risk children and families.

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History of CPAC

Created in 1991, CPAC has consistently worked hard to improve children’s lives in group care settings throughout San Francisco.  The body is led by four defining goals:

  • All child care and early education in the city is of the highest quality and meets the diverse needs of children and their families.
  • A full array of family-focused child care and early education options are available to families when and where they need it.
  • All families can afford high-quality child care and early education for their children.
  • San Francisco has a stable and professional child care and early education workforce.

CPAC members are appointed by the San Francisco City and County Board of Supervisors and the Board of Education, in accordance with state and local law. A maximum of 25 members are appointed to the body.

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History of LPCs

In 1991, California passed legislation establishing Local Planning Councils (LPCs) in each county. Today, the primary mission of the LPCs is to plan for child care and development services based on the needs of families in the local community. LPCs are intended to serve as a forum to address the childcare needs of all families in the community for all types of childcare, both subsidized and non-subsidized. 

All of the county-level councils are encouraged to have diverse representation with childcare providers, community representatives, consumers, and public agency representatives accounting for the majority of its members.

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Become a Member

CPAC members are appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Board of Education. State law requires that CPAC membership includes equal representation from child care consumers, child care providers, public agency officials, community representatives, and discretionary representation. We would love to develop the greatest pool of possible member candidates. If you are interested in becoming a member of CPAC please click below to complete the application and send it to Shahde Tavakoli, CPAC Coordinator @