Our impact doesn’t stop in the classroom! Unique collaborations allow the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Head Start-State Preschool Division to offer additional programs that deliver meaningful services to help children and families. These collaborations also provide resources to improve recruiting and outreach, increase teacher support, and enhance the services we offer.
To learn more about these programs, contact us!
211 LA County is a nonprofit agency that connects individuals and families with health and human services. Just by dialing 2-1-1, LA County residents will be directly connected to a Community Resource Advisor who will provide the right resources based on the caller’s unique needs. Our partnership with 211 LA County makes it easier for children and families who are eligible for LACOE services to connect to the right programs, resources, and early childhood education providers.
Los Angeles County Office of Education–Response to Intervention (LACOE-RtI)
The Los Angeles County Office of Education–Response to Intervention program began in 2010 to make sure children who need extra support get the help they need. The three-tiered process includes increasing intensity of services, more frequent assessments, and ongoing monitoring to prepare these children for kindergarten. Children needing additional support take part in pre-literacy and social skills groups, using evidence-based strategies and curriculum. Parents are encouraged to join a parent group so they have more resources and ideas for supporting their child at home. And, we offer teacher and staff intensive training, coaching, and mentoring for our agencies to support the success of this program.
ACE Initiative – Achieving Comprehensive Excellence
In 2011, LACOE launched the Achieving Comprehensive Excellence (ACE) Initiative to strengthen the quality of our early education classrooms. With the support of our agencies, we created a unified definition of what quality in our classrooms means. We work directly with site supervisors to help them become instructional leaders that have the skills they need to lead, train, and coach their staff. As a result, ACE participants are better able to use data and best practices to enhance instruction and improve their school readiness outcomes.
For more information about ACE, please contact Liz Guerra or Norma Graciano at 562-922-6560.
Quality Start Los Angeles
The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), in collaboration with the Los Angeles Office of Child Care, LAUP, and the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, implemented the Quality Start Los Angeles program, which is a Quality Reading and Improvement System (QRIS), to provide consistent, standards-based evaluation for center-based and family child care providers currently funded by California State Preschool Programs (CSPP). The goal is to help programs improve instructional quality that leads to improved child outcomes.
Programs receive an initial assessment to determine their rating. That information is used to identify the types of technical assistance and support available to each program, including coaching, professional development, and facility improvement block grants.