Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of services for families do you provide?

Visit Programs We Fund for a list of Programs and Initiatives.

When are the Commission meetings?

The Commission meets every other month. Please see the Calendar for dates and times.

How can I participate in a Commission meeting?

Public comment is invited at the beginning of each Commission meeting, and during every action item. Comment is limited to three minutes per speaker.

To request to be added to a Commission agenda to provide a presentation, please contact staff.

How does the Commission determine its priorities?

The Commission solicits feedback from the community, and develops a comprehensive Strategic Plan every few years.

The annual budget is developed based on the priorities identified in the Strategic Plan. The Commission updates its Strategic Plan annually at the April meeting, and approves its budget in June. Community input is welcomed and encouraged at every Commission and Committee meeting.

How can I request funding from the Commission?

Funding is allocated annually for Mini-Grants and Professional Development, and may be applied for through our website.

The Commission, from time to time, will release competitive funding opportunities through a competitive public solicitation, and will post funding availability on its website.

The Commission is committed to being accessible to the Butte County community, and welcomes new ideas for programs and services. If you are interested in presenting an idea to the Commission, please first review the Commission’s Financial Plan and Strategic Plan to confirm that your idea is in alignment with the Commission’s priorities.

Next, please contact Commission staff and provide your idea in writing.

How can I become a Commissioner?

The Commission is comprised of 9 Commissioners and 5 Alternative Commissioners, and welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with the following affiliations, to participate as Commissioners:

  • Recipients of project services as set forth in the county strategic plan;
  • Educators specializing in early childhood development;
  • Representatives of a local organization for prevention or early intervention for families at risk;
  • Representatives of community-based organizations that have the goal of promoting nurturing and early childhood development;
  • Representatives of local school districts;
  • Representatives of local medical, pediatric, or obstetric associations or societies;
  • The county health officer and/or persons responsible for the management of the following county functions: children's services, public health services, behavioral health services, social services, and tobacco and other substance abuse prevention and treatment services;
  • Representatives of a local child care resource or referral agency, or a local child care coordinating group.

Qualified community members may submit an application to be a Commissioner. It’s recommended that you attend at least two Commission meetings before submitting your application.