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 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 opportunity 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.
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.
Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning Opportunities
A free online professional learning series, comprised of four courses, is offered by the California Department of Education. Each course provides resources and instructional approaches for the transitional kindergarten teachers and administrators.
Transitional kindergarten professional learning is provided by the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN
) through a fee-based model.
- California State University, Sacramento
- Child Abuse Prevention Center
- Child Action, Inc.
- City of Sacramento
- First 5 Sacramento
- Los Rios Community College District
- Private preschool providers (centers and family child care)
- Sacramento County Department of Health & Human Services
- Sacramento County Local Child Care and Development Council
- Sacramento County Office of Education
- Sacramento County School Districts
- Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA) Head Start
- Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
- Sacramento Promise Zone
- Sacramento Public Library
- Saint John's Program for Real Change
- Salvation Army
- United Way
- WarmLine Family Resource Center
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