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 West County residents who care about children are welcome to participate.
Make Westt 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 San Pablo parks, the WCRG and its partners secured $537,000 from the City of San Pablo to improve the city’s most neglected park: Davis Park. To date, new family and toddler friendly restrooms, lighting, family amenities and surveillance cameras have been installed.
Our Richmond Park Project is a community based participatory action project, led by the West County Regional Group and in partnership with First 5 Contra Costa, Healthy & Active Before 5, and the City of Richmond. We assessed 25 parks across Richmond and looked thoroughly at each park, reviewing things like the play structures, safety, cleanliness, ADA and transportation accessibility, the amenities, and in general how suitable each park was for young children and families. Based on this community process, the city will apply for Prop 68 funds for Boorman Park this round to hopefully respond to the community’s vision and need for Boorman park improvements.
Park Programming & Low Cost Sports Classes
The WCRG works with city recreation departments to sponsor low-cost sports classes for young children. Since the program began in 2009, we have served nearly 2359 low-income children in West County. We offer many sports programs at local parks to promote increased park use and safety among families.
Safer Streets for Kids and Families
Together with our partners, the WCRG’s walk audits and advocacy helped secure over $10 million in improvements for San Pablo Avenue and Rumrill Boulevard to make them safer and more walkable and bikeable for children and families. The new routes will include increased accessibility, protected crosswalks, bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping.
The WCRG is working with the City of San Pablo to inform a citywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that prioritizes safe streets in highly transited, low-income neighborhoods.
Community Organizing and Leadership Development
Low-income children and children of color are at a disproportionate risk of ill health, suffering higher rates of obesity, Type II diabetes, asthma, and dental caries. We advocate for public policies, programs and environments that allow children to grow up in healthy, safe and equitable communities.
The WCRG 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.
We currently work with the City of San Pablo to increase green space, physical activity and optimal nutrition through programs and policy change.
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: Maria Teresa Franco
- Co-Chair: Tomasa Espinoza
- Secretary: Leticia Chávez
- Treasurer: Carmen Martínez
Click on the links below to learn more about each Regional Group.