Early Childhood Programs

The Early Childhood Programs Department (ECP) supports high quality early learning experiences designed to promote school readiness. The ECP department includes several quality initiative projects that support the early learning and care (ELC) workforce with professional development, targeted technical assistance, and education stipends towards degree attainment. Additionally, the ECP department works directly with three school districts in the county to provide state-funded preschool spaces. The Local Planning Council (LPC) is an integral component of ECP, tracking countywide data and convening community stakeholders. ECP also works with Curriculum & Instruction to bridge the gap between ELC and the TK-12 continuum. 

Quality Counts Ventura County (QCVC)

  • Standardizes elements of quality in a five-tier matrix
  • Provides professional development training and technical assistance support to programs in order to achieve quality goals
  • Assists programs in creating Quality Improvement Plans
QCVC Teaching Stars Stipend Project
  • The QCVC Teaching Stars Stipend Project supports the professional advancement and retention of early childhood educators. Teaching Stars aims to recognize participant commitment to:
    • advancing along a degree pathway, or 
    • obtaining a CA Child Care License (for Child Care Initiative Project participants) 
California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)
California State Preschool Program (CSPP)
  • Provides high quality preschool experiences for 168 children in the Hueneme, Ocean View, and Rio School Districts
Local Planning Council of Ventura County (LPC)