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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Improving access to inclusive, equitable, high quality education.
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
The Head Start /Early Head Start (EHS) Program is funded by the federal government to provide early childhood development services for children birth to 5-years old and their families. The program seeks to provide the highest quality services to foster each child's social, emotional, cognitive, educational, and physical development and supports families by building partnerships that help each family to attain their personal family goals.
All families must meet income eligibility criteria in order to receive services. It is the policy of the Head Start /Early Head Start Program not to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race or national origin, or disabled conditions. Religious instruction or worship is prohibited.
Head Start and Early Head Start provide developmental and health screenings for children during enrollment. A medical and dental home are defined as an ongoing source of continuous and accessible medical/dental care. The figures below show the percentage of children, by the end of the program year who had medical/dental exams, health insurance and a medical/dental home.
Our program is highly involved with the School Readiness Goals initiative to continually strengthen and develop community-wide partnerships dedicated to aligning efforts to ensure that all children are prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond. Partnerships with schools and school districts have provided the opportunity for Head Start children to visit kindergarten classrooms, collaborate with Head Start staff and public elementary school staff, exchange child assessment data and discuss kindergarten classroom placement. Below are our school readiness goals and objectives.
Developmental progress is monitored through teacher observations, a portfolio of each child's work and parent input throughout the year. This information helps teachers to rate children on the Desired Results Developmental Profile – Preschool 2010 Edition (DRDP – 2010) three times per year. The DRDP allows the SCCOE Head Start program to assess how children are developing individually, within each classroom and program-wide.
Our analysis for 2015-2016 demonstrates that children enrolled in the SCCOE's Head Start and Early Head Start programs are making significant developmental progress helping them develop the foundational skills to be successful in kindergarten and in life. DRDP results measure the amount of growth attributable to program impact.
Parent Involvement was encouraged through a number of activities and educational opportunities throughout the year. The opportunities were provided to families through local parent meetings, cluster workshops, trainings, community agency presentations, and the following parent committees:
All Head Start programs are reviewed every three years by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services. The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Head Start and Early Head Start programs had their last federal review on February 2014.
The program was found to be in full compliance with all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations and policy requirements. The program received commendations on the use of commercial and locally designed technology, community collaborations, electronic monitoring, tracking, reporting, and accounting systems and processes.
The Annual Independent Financial Audit (for FY 2013-14) made known that the audit findings required to be reported by Circular A‐133 had no federal award findings or questioned costs in 2017‐18.
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