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
The 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 Preschool Plan
Led by David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, and with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Sacramento County Preschool Plan represents the culmination of countywide collaboration that included a broad spectrum of leaders in Sacramento County. This five-year action plan provides clear goals focused on excellence and equity in order to promote school readiness and narrow the achievement gap in Sacramento County.
The Sacramento County Preschool Plan is presented in three documents that capture the efforts of the committee and plot a course for countywide quality enhancement and expansion of high-quality preschool: (1) the full preschool plan which includes the research, recommendations, and 5-Year Plan charts; (2) the Executive Summary which synthesizes the research and recommendations; and (3) the 5-Year Plan charts identifying the goals, benchmarks and strategies.
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.
Early Learning Summit
In partnership with First 5 Sacramento, SCOE hosts an annual Early Learning Summit. The purpose of the summit is to convene early childhood teachers, kindergarten teachers, and administrators from private and public preschools, family child care homes, and elementary schools to share ideas about effective early learning and kindergarten transition practices and to discuss strategies to strengthen articulation and collaboration.
- 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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