Early Childhood Programs

The Early Childhood Programs Department (ECP) supports high-quality early learning experiences designed to promote school readiness. The ECP department implements several quality initiatives under the Quality Counts Ventura County umbrella that support the early learning and care (ELC) workforce with professional development, targeted technical assistance and education stipends towards degree attainment.  

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

California Preschool Instructional Network provides professional development and technical assistance on the California Early Learning Development System for preschool and transitional kindergarten teachers and administrators.

California State Preschool Program (CSPP)

VCOE's ECP department works directly with three school districts in the county to provide state-funded preschool spaces. The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) provides developmentally appropriate educational activities designed to foster intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth in a safe and healthy environment for 4-year olds in a preschool setting. Additionally, CSPP also provides responsive and culturally sensitive family education, literacy training, and activities so that families can develop the skills they need to improve their lives and help their children be successful in school.

Inclusive Practices

VCOE's ECP department works directly with three school districts in the county to provide state-funded preschool spaces. The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) provides developmentally appropriate educational activities designed to foster intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth in a safe and healthy environment for 4-year olds in a preschool setting. Additionally, CSPP also provides responsive and culturally sensitive family education, literacy training, and activities so that families can develop the skills they need to improve their lives and help their children be successful in school.

Local Planning Council of Ventura County (LPC)

Ventura County's Local Planning Council acts as the united voice for early care and education in Ventura County and is comprised of 25 members appointed by the County Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Supervisors. With a focus on high-quality programming, the Council is tasked with assessing local child care needs, developing a countywide strategic plan, setting priorities for use of state funds, and facilitating the voluntary temporary transfer of funds between state funded programs.

Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)

QRIS works to expand quality early learning opportunities for children ages birth through 5. This system offers program assessments and technical support with a focus on increasing teacher effectiveness and improving environments. The QRIS five-tier Matrix identifies quality elements and describes rigorous standards related to high-quality. The System provides a unified effort to prepare children for success in school and life.

Teaching Stars Stipend Project

The Teaching Stars stipend program supports the professional advancement and retention of early childhood center-based educators, Family Child Care providers, and Family Friend and Neighbor by incentivizing activities that promote educator effectiveness, retention and degree attainment. Teaching Stars aims to recognize participant commitment to advancing along a degree pathway and, if applicable, obtaining a Family Child Care License through the Department of Social Services by providing a monetary stipend. 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that is developmentally appropriate and aligned with the Preschool Learning Foundations. VCOE offers professional development for TK teachers and administrators.