Parents and families play an important role in student success. EDCOE provides services, administration and infrastructure as a partner with parents for a variety of educational programs. Included in our services are child development programs for young children birth to 5 years of age, which promote the well-being of the whole child to prepare them for school. For school-age children, EDCOE operates a variety of alternative programs for student enrichment and for students with special needs. In addition to the school day, services include extended day childcare providing high-quality educational activities.
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The El Dorado County Office of Education Child Development Programs and Services department provides programs for children birth to age 5 and their families, assuring them the best start possible before entering kindergarten. Support services are also provided to early care and education providers in the community. Programs include State Preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start, the Teen Parenting Program, Together We Grow, High 5 for Quality and CARES Plus. These programs are funded by a variety of sources including: the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, First 5 CA, First 5 El Dorado, parent fees and the Department of Health and Human Services through the federal government. Each program provides comprehensive early care and education services. Programs recognize that social, emotional, cognitive and physical development are all interrelated within the child’s daily experiences. A strong foundation in the early years assists children with later success in school and life. Program enrollment also includes children identified with special needs.
The El Dorado County Office of Education Charter Extended Day program, in cooperation with local schools, offers on-campus supervised and enriched child care programs before, during and after school, Monday through Friday. The program is available to kindergarten through eighth grade children at 22 school sites in El Dorado County. The instructors provide a variety of enriching and creative age-appropriate activities, including academic and tutorial assistance and organized playground activities. Extended Day services are offered year-round and on all staff development days, minimum days and selected holidays with sufficient enrollment.
The El Dorado Early Care and Education Planning Council is a public-private partnership of business, education, community and government whose mission is to serve as the focal point for the planning and development of accessible, affordable, quality early care and education programs for children and families in El Dorado County. Our current projects include the Workforce Development-CARES Plus, High 5 for Quality, and Needs Assessment Committees. The council provides leadership for the High 5 for Quality—Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, our local Quality Rating and Improvement System and administers the CARES Plus Professional Development program. El Dorado County early care and education programs receive incentives and support for professional development, training and unit bearing coursework towards a degree or Child Development Permit. We also partner with California State University, Sacramento to offer a local bachelor’s degree program in Early Development, Care and Education for working professionals. These programs increase teacher retention and professional development which directly impacts the care and education children receive. For more information, call Elizabeth Blakemore at 530-295-2312.
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is comprised of parents of children with special needs and agency representatives. They meet regularly throughout the school year and provide support, information, training and advocacy for parents of children with special needs. Please contact Katherine Smiley, program liaison, for more information at 530-295-2464.
For more information on programs offered through the Office of Education please stop by our booth at Kids’ Expo or contact the El Dorado County Office of Education, Child Development Programs and Services at 530-295-2270 or 295-2276, Charter Extended Day at 530-295-2298 or the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) at 530-295-2462.