Early Care & EducationPublic Counsel's Early Care and Education (ECE) Law Project was established in 1986 to increase child care capacity in low-income communities and to improve the quality of care. With the help of pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students, ECE Law Project provides free legal assistance to existing and/or prospective family child care providers and child care centers in a variety of ways. Read More
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Let's put child care on the map in Southern California!
Public Counsel is helping cities and counties plan for early care today, so they can build it tomorrow. Our interactive child care map shows how cities in Los Angeles County are planning for quality child care in their communities.
- Southeast Cities High School Students Team Up for Toddlers Public Counsel is working together with local groups to improve community health and fight obesity by enhancing playgrounds with painted play spaces.
- City of Cudahy Pushes for More Early Care Education for Working Families The City of Cudahy is the latest city in Southeast Los Angeles to commit to supporting the growth of early care learning and to combat obesity.
- Maywood Backs Early Care to Boost Child Learning and Healthy Habits The City of Maywood in Southeast Los Angeles took an important step to increase early care learning and combat child obesity.
- Amazing People, Changing Lives: Meet Public Counsel's 2013 Pro Bono Heroes With more than 5,000 volunteer attorneys and professionals from the nation's top law firms, companies and private practitioners, Public Counsel is the nation's largest not-for-profit law firm of our kind. But it wouldn't happen without our pro bono heroes. Meet our 2013 Pro Bono Award honorees.
- Public Counsel Supports L.A. Preschool Plan to Help Close Achievement Gap Public Counsel supports a move by Los Angeles school leaders to put preschoolers on the path to success.
- California Parents Escaping Poverty Can Keep Child Care Having affordable, safe child care is critical for parents escaping poverty. The state of California has agreed to ensure that working families will continue to have assistance, despite ongoing budget uncertainties in Sacramento.
- Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum NEWS FLASH: YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD PLAY. Unfortunately to many, this is a "news flash." In misguided attempts to regulate the world of young children: so that they never have an accident; so that they don't disturb others; and to force feed them academics, our communities have lost sight of what is important to a young child. This New York Times article highlights efforts of parents, scientists and psychologists to bring back old-fashioned unstructured play time for young children. Click on the heading to read the article.
- Landmark Court Settlement Saves Child Care for Thousands of Working Families Rebuking Gov. Schwarzenegger's veto, Alameda County judge approves extension of child care through 2010.
- ECE Honors Neil O'Hanlon at the 11th Annual Volunteer Gala Public Counsel's Early Care & Education Law Project honors volunteer attorney Neil O'Hanlon for his commitment to increasing child care services for working families.
- Family Child Care Provider Threatened With Eviction A young mother who provides family child care in her apartment was threatened with eviction, after her landlord was ordered by the L.A. Housing Department to reduce her rent due to negligent maintenance. Public Counsel and volunteer attorneys from Jones Day fought to help her stay in her home and continue to provide child care to her community.
- Public Counsel Honors Elizabeth Dole with 2013 William O. Douglas Award at Gala Night Public Counsel honored Elizabeth Dole with its William O. Douglas Award on Thursday, September 12, 2013, and announced a new partnership to give legal support to caregivers supporting wounded warriors and military veterans.
- Major L.A. Firms Unite to Help Bridge Gap With a deficit and a proposed elimination of day care for 142,000 low-income California children, the need to ensure an adequate quantity of child care centers is an urgent and compelling issue.
- California Health Report: High school students push for playgrounds in small cities southeast of L.A. A group of high school students from Southeast L.A. County is learning to lobby for green space and greater play opportunities for the area’s youngest children.
- Child Care Centers Get Help Many people trying to open child care centers say they often find themselves up against a wall of red tape, struggling to decipher a long list of city permit requirements to set up shop in an area that might not have similar uses. Karla Y. Pleitez, staff attorney with Public Counsel featured.
- Publications on Legal Issues Affecting Child Care Providers The Early Care and Education Law Unit's informational materials covers a variety of legal issues commonly affecting child care providers. Each information sheet is easy to download.
- Materiales en Espanol Para Proveedoras de Cuidado de Ninos y Educacion Temprana Hemos compuesto material que cubre una variedad de asuntos legales que afectan a proveedoras de cuidado de niños y educación temprana. Cada folleto de información es fácilmente bajado.
- Child Care Operator Resource Guide On this page, you will find links to helpful information for operators - individuals looking to expand, renovate, or acquire a child care center.
- GREAT START LEGAL WORKSHOPS Many legal predicaments faced by child care providers are avoidable with good planning and solid advice. Public Counsel's Great Start Legal Workshops offer high quality, low-cost guidance on legal issues that arise in the everyday operation of ECE programs. Please click above for more information.
- GREAT START LEGAL WORKSHOP: Serving Children with Special Needs - October 23, 2014 Public Counsel's Early Care & Education Law Unit will be offering its next Great Start Legal Workshop on the Regional Center Advocacy on October 23, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- The 6th Annual Symposium on Early Care and Education, Friday, July 12, 2013 Join us at the 6th Annual Symposium on Early Care and Education to learn about how to fund early care growth in your community, and how to advocate for federal, state and local funding for early care.
- Child Care Operator Resource Guide This Guide provides links to helpful information for child care center operators (individuals looking to expand, renovate, or acquire a child care center).
- Surviving the Economic Crisis - Useful Information and Resources for Small Businesses Is your small business struggling due to the economic downturn? This document contains information sheets prepared by attorneys addressing legal issues you may be facing now, such as loan or lease modifications, employment laws, and referrals to other sources of financial and consulting assistance for small businesses.
- Surviving the Economic Crisis - Information and Resources for Nonprofits Do you represent a nonprofit organization that is facing diminished resources? Is the nonprofit considering changes to its operations to preserve its financial strength? This resource contains information sheets addressing timely legal issues ranging from loan and lease modifications to employment law, and helpful resources on how non-profits can adapt to and operate in this tough economic environment.
- California Immunization Registry The California Immunization Registry is a free and secure internet-based computer system used by thousands of doctors that stores children's immunization records. To learn more about how you can use this free and very useful tool, click on the above title.