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 Central County residents who care about children are welcome to participate.
Make Central County healthy, safe, and equitable through parent-led advocacy and policy change.
Community-based Advocacy Efforts:
The CCRG is a member of the Concord Raise the Roof Coalition to advocate for access to safe and affordable housing. We are currently urging the City of Concord to establish rent control and just eviction policies to keep hard-working families living in Concord.
Click here to download our Housing Report: Housing Crisis Hits Home in Concord
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 parks in the Monument Community, the CCRG and its partners secured $1.4 million in funding from the City of Concord to renovate the city’s most neglected parks; Ellis Lake and Meadow Homes.
Park Programming & Low Cost Sports Classes
The CCRG works with city recreation departments to sponsor low-cost sports classes for young children. Since the program began in 2008, we have served 1,936 low-income children in Central County. We offer many sports programs at local parks to promote increased park use and safety among families.
We are also bringing life back to the park through investments in sports programming, including our Ellis Lake PASOS program, launching in July, 2019!
Safer Streets for Kids and Families
Together with our partners, CCRG’s walk audits and advocacy helped secure $2.7 million for safer and more walkable and bikeable streets for Monument children and families. The Detroit Avenue Complete Street Project now includes protected crosswalks, bike lanes, new sidewalks, increased lighting, and stop signs.
The CCRG worked with the City of Concord to adopt its citywide Bicycle, Pedestrian and Safe Routes to Transit Plan that prioritizes safe streets in highly transited, low-income neighborhoods. The citywide plan was approved and adopted in 2016.
Community Organizing and Leadership Development
The CCRG 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: Cecilia Pérez-Mejia at 925-771-7320.
Officers (FY 20/21):
- Chair: Júlia Zermeño
- Co-Chair: Blanca Colín
- Secretary: William Colín
- Treasurer: Carmita Rocio Vallejos
Click on the links below to learn more about each Regional Group.