Natalie Woods Andrews, Ed.D., Director
The Sacramento County Office of Education has emerged as a lead agency in the planning and development of increased quality preschool and transitional kindergarten programs for young children. Through collaborative partnerships in Sacramento County and initial funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, SCOE Early Learning Department staff support local efforts focused on expanding access to quality preschool and transitional kindergarten services for children. Projects have included the Superintendent's Preschool Committee, Preschool Leadership Institute, visitation sites, Sacramento County Preschool Plan, community forums, Sacramento County Transitional Kindergarten Leadership Committee and an early learning website.
Sacramento County Early Learning Website
Sacramento County Early Learning website embodies a collaborative vision and commitment to the growing needs of young children and families and the programs that serve them. The new site provides a centralized portal to access research-based, innovative, promising practices and resources to support high-quality early learning programs, school readiness, and seamless transitions to kindergarten. Private and public early childhood directors, teachers, family child care home providers, and school district administrators will find resources to build on and expand existing early learning services. The website also connects parents with child development information and local resources to support their child's care and education.
Sacramento County Early Learning Roadmap
"Sacramento County Early Learning Roadmap: Prenatal Through Age Eight" is a guide to help ensure that ALL children in Sacramento County have the same chance to live, learn, and lead healthy lives. The result of a 15-month planning process involving 60 community partners that represent a broad range of stakeholders, the roadmap is intended to build momentum and garner support for our youngest learners.
The roadmap focuses on five priority areas:
- Comprehensive Services and Support for Children and Families;
- Early Learning and Development for ALL Children;
- Family and Community Outreach and Engagement;
- Program Structures and Environment; and
- Early Learning Workforce Recruitment, Retention, and Professionalism.
SCOE partners with local preschool and transitional kindergarten programs that serve as visitation sites. In collaboration with Early Edge, SCOE facilitates Sacramento County preschool and transitional kindergarten visits for legislators, legislative staff members, members of the media, and other key individuals to highlight quality preschool and transitional kindergarten programs.
Sacramento County Transitional Kindergarten Leadership Committee
SCOE provides leadership, technical assistance, and support to local school districts in their planning and implementation of the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 (SB 1381, Simitian). While examining SB 1381, the leadership committee has explored models, strategies, and resources for effective implementation of two-year kindergarten programs throughout Sacramento County.
- Sacramento County Office of Education
- Sacramento County School Districts
- Los Rios Community College District
- California State University, Sacramento
- Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA) Head Start
- Child Action, Inc.
- First 5 Sacramento
- Professional Association for Childhood Education (PACE)
- Private preschool providers
- Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance
- Sacramento County Department of Health & Human Services
- City of Sacramento Parks & Recreation
- Child Development, Inc.
- St. Hope/MIND Institute
- Family Child Care Home Licensing
- LA/Faith Based Child Care
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