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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.
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In September 2016, Governor Brown approved
Assembly Bill 2368, authorizing an individualized child care subsidy plan for the County of Santa Clara. Authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon and co-sponsored by the Santa Clara Office of Education and Kidango, the legislation allows Santa Clara County to develop and implement a plan through July 2022. Modeled on similar bills, especially AB833 for Alameda County, the legislation removes some of the regulatory constraints in providing subsidized child care through Title 5 contracts with the California Department of Education (CDE). Under AB2368, the individualized child care plan is designed to “ensure that child care subsidies received by the County of Santa Clara are used to address local needs, conditions, and priorities of working families in the community.” AB2368 provides the county only limited flexibility in designing its subsidy rules. There are four fundamental limitations on the pilot:
Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, County Superintendent of Schools for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, said, "Our priority is to increase access to high quality preschool and childcare for low-income children and their families. Raising the monthly and annual income thresholds for families ensures that more families can attend."
Through the careful development of the Individualized County Childcare Subsidy Plan, Santa Clara County aims to address major challenges in the child care subsidy system to better meet needs and priorities of families and childcare contractors in the County.