Who are We

We are a multi-cultural group of volunteer parent and resident leaders creating healthy, safe, and equitable communities for young children and families. All East County residents who care about children are welcome to participate.

Mission Statement

Make East County healthy, safe and equitable through parent-led advocacy and policy change.

Community-based Advocacy Efforts:

Park Equity and Safety

The goal of our Park Improvement and Equity Project is to create equitable access to safe and fun neighborhood parks for all young children. After assessing conditions at 63 East County parks, the ECRG and its partners secured $748,962 from the Cities of Pittsburg and Antioch to improve the area’s most neglected parks: City Park (Pittsburg), De Anza (Pittsburg), Contra Loma Estates (Antioch) and Prosserville (Antioch).

Download Antioch Parks Assessment Report
Download Pittsburg Parks Assessment Report
Download Bay Point Parks Assessment Report

Park Programming & Low Cost Sports Classes

The ECRG works with city recreation departments to sponsor low-cost sports classes for young children. Since the program began in 2008, we have served nearly 3525 low-income children in East County. We offer many sports programs at local parks to promote increased park use and safety among families.

With support from Kaiser Permanente, the ECRG launched the Pittsburg PACE program in August 2016, a physical activities club at De Anza Park offering FREE Zumba, yoga, children’s sports classes and a weekly walking club. Over 100 residents living near the park have already participated and nearly all participants surveyed report increased park safety as a result of the program.

Prosserville PACE launched in 2018 with over 125 residents participating.


Community Organizing and Leadership Development

The ECRG continues organizing to increase local investment in parks and streets in low-income neighborhoods, ensure residents are part of local decision making and create equitable allocation of resources for families with young children.


Immigrant and Racial Justice

Immigrant and racial justice, stability, inclusion, and resilience are vital for optimal childhood development. Exposures to stressors caused by racism, discrimination and financial instability impacts children’s brain development and lifelong well-being. Systemic and interpersonal prejudice places immigrant children and children of color at increased risk of family separation, criminalization, bullying, and trauma. We advocate for immigrant protections, wellness programs over incarceration, and racial and economic equity.

If you want to advocate for the health and safety of young children, learn leadership skills, and join a fun, committed group, contact: Alejandra Plascencia at 925-771-7338.

Officers (FY 22/23)

  • Chair: Myriam Sáenz
  • Vice-Chair: Rocheall Pierre
  • Secretary: María de Jesus López
  • Treasurer: Nikita Crawford

Click on the links below to learn more about each Regional Group.