Early Childhood Programs

The Early Childhood Programs Department (ECP) supports high-quality early learning programming to promote readiness for school and life. 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, coaching, targeted technical assistance and stipends. 

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

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

California State Preschool Program (CSPP)

VCOE's Early Childhood Programs department works with three school districts and a community-based partner to provide part-day preschool spaces funded by the California State Preschool Program (CSPP). These programs utilize a developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curriculum in a preschool setting. In partnership with families, CSPP provides responsive and culturally sensitive family education, literacy training, and activities to support development of their children for success in school and life.

Inclusive Practices

VCOE's Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program (IEEEP) brings together a Consortium of 6 LEAs and 2 community based organizations in an effort to increase access to inclusive early learning and care programs for children with disabilities, including children with severe disabilities. This initiative provides consortium partners with professional development and adaptive equipment funds. 

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)

Quality Counts Ventura County (QCVC) works to expand quality early learning opportunities for children ages birth through 5. QCVC, the local implementor of QRIS provides coaching, technical assistance, training, and stipends with a focus on increasing teacher effectiveness and improving environments and interactions. QCVC utilizes several assessments and a 5-tier rating matrix to evaluate continuous quality improvement and provide support based on the quality elements. 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 (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that is developmentally appropriate and aligned with the Preschool Learning Foundations. VCOE offers resources for TK teachers and administrators.