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Solano County Office of Education

Solano County Office of Education

Early Learning

Early Childhood Educator of the Year

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), the Solano Child Care Planning Council and other community partners are hosting the second annual Solano Early Childhood Educator of the Year award program honoring early childhood educators who demonstrate excellence in the care and education of Solano’s young children. SCOE encourages parents, guardians, educators and community members who live or work in Solano County to nominate early childhood educators who have made a positive difference in their communities. Any Solano County early learning and care provider serving children ages infant to preschool may be nominated. The recognition program includes teachers, assistants, paraeducators, food service staff, transportation staff, school site administrators and family childcare owners/directors.
 
The Solano Early Childhood Educator of the Year honorees will be announced and honored on Friday, June 21, 2024.
Solano COE PK-TK-K Summer Symposium

June 17 & 18, 2024 at the Solano County Office of Education

Registration is open now!

 
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The Solano County Office of Education is excited to announce the return of the Early Learning Summer Symposium! 
 
Join us in June for a 2-day professional learning symposium. 
 
Sessions will include: 
-Planning and implementation of choice time and activities.
-Role of the teacher.
-Developmentally appropriate practices with an emphasis on social-emotional development and problem-solving/conflict resolution.
-ASQ developmental screening.
-Loose parts in early learning environments.
-Related make-n-take activities.
 
For: PK(CSPP), TK, K, Special Education Teachers and Classrooms Assistants
Date/Time/Location: 
Monday & Tuesday, June 17-18, 2024
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Solano COE, 5100 Business Center Drive, Fairfield
 
For questions, please contact Shannon Feins at sfeins@solanocoe.net or 707-399-4473
 
Event Sponsored by:  Solano County Office of Education, no cost to participants, includes coffee/tea, lunch, books, materials and make-n-take supplies.  Space is limited.  
 
**Please only register if you are able to attend both full days of the Summer Symposium.
 
Photo/Video Consent:  Registration for SCOE Early Learning events indicates consent to allow the Solano County Office of Education to use photographs and/or videos that include your image in publications, news releases, website, social media, and in other communications related to the Solano County Office of Education. Thank you!
 
Solano County Office of Education’s (SCOE) Early Learning system is a collaboration of stakeholders including educators, community agencies, parents, and other professionals working with children from the age of infancy to 5 years old. Early Learning is focused on supporting the educational community, connecting parents and providers with resources, and increasing the quality of early learning throughout Solano County. The overall goal of SCOE’s Early Learning programs and services is to ensure that each child has access to high-quality educational experiences and the resources they need to succeed in school and thrive throughout their lives.
 
SCOE provides support for early learning professionals in all settings, including Transitional Kindergarten, state-funded preschool programs, center-based childcare, and home-based family childcare. Through Quality Counts, Solano’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), early childhood education professionals may participate in on-site coaching and training, as well as professional development and program rating.

Early Education Teacher Development Pathways

The Solano Early Education Teacher Development Pathways Program is a stipend program open to those teaching young children, including:  TK-3rd teachers, preschool teachers and assistants, para-educators, family child care, and family, friend, and neighbor caregivers in Solano County.  Applicants may be eligible for a stipend in one of the following areas: professional development, college coursework, attainment of Associate or Bachelor’s degree, Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential or Child Development Permit.

Early Learning Inclusion (IEEEP)

The SCOE Early Learning Inclusion program (IEEEP) enhances how Early Learning and Special Education teams work together to build high-quality classrooms and expands opportunities for children of all abilities to have access to and participate meaningfully in childcare programs. When children are together as part of the group, their development is enhanced and positive social attitudes are fostered. Click HERE to learn more.
 

Early Learning Professional Development

In collaboration with Solano County school districts, First 5 Solano, Solano Family & Children’s Services and other partners, Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) offers specialized training for early learning professionals. Workshops offered by SCOE are open to Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and state-funded preschool teachers, as well as family child care and center-based preschool and child care staff. Trainings focus on a wide range of programs that support teaching and learning for our youngest learners, including infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children.
 
Early Learning workshops cover a broad variety of topics, including preschool and Transitional Kindergarten modules of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework, special needs and inclusion practices, trauma-informed care, social-emotional development, language and literacy, STEAM-inspired sessions, etc. Specialized training is also provided by the Region 4 California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), and the Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC).

Early Learning Professional Resources

Solano County Office of Education maintains a list of early learning professional resources. Explore and learn about supports are available.
 

Early Learning Special Education Programs

Transition from Early Childhood Special Education Programs
 
Early intervention programs and specialized preschool services are extraordinarily effective in helping young children with special needs acquire the skills and support necessary to be successful in school and in later life. California has long recognized its responsibilities and the importance of providing programs and services designed for children with disabilities and other special needs as part of its comprehensive educational system for all students.
 
The Handbook on Transition from Early Childhood Special Education Programs provides specific information and resources to assist families, early intervention professionals, and school district personnel to navigate the move from services for infants and toddlers to special education services and programs for preschool-aged children in a seamless and efficient manner. The handbook offers timely information to those supporting children in a range of environments, including the regular preschool classroom.  Click HERE to visit the Early Learning Special Education Programs page.

Quality Counts Solano

Solano County Office of Education is the lead agency in the Quality Counts in Solano Early Care and Education program. Quality Counts helps to enhance the quality of early learning and care environments for young children. Early learning programs participating in Quality Counts Solano can get assistance in improving outcomes for children through system-wide approaches to enhancing programs. Click to learn more.
 

Solano Child Care Planning Council (LPC)

The primary mission of the Solano Child Care Planning Council (Solano LPC) is to plan for child care and child development services based on the needs of families in the local community and to ensure that all families and children in Solano County have access to quality and affordable child care and child development services.
 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) & Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten, often referred to as TK, is a free public school program for 4-year-olds who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. It is essentially designed to be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten is intended to help build a strong learning foundation and prepare children for kindergarten with literacy skills, such as identifying letters and sounds, and more advanced math skills, such as counting objects and completing word problems. TK also helps develop self-regulation skills like remembering the rules and controlling impulses. 
 

Triple P : Positive Parenting Program

Triple P stands for "Positive Parenting Program." It is a research-based parenting program that has benefited tens of thousands of parents worldwide, for more than 30 years. Triple P is a parenting program, but it does not tell you how to be a parent. It is more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It is all about making Triple P work for you. In Solano County, Triple P is delivered by a group of partners who are committed to providing you with the resources you need to become a more confident, effective parent. Click HERE for information.
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Lisa Eckhoff
Senior Director, Early Learning
(707) 399-4407
 
Breana Marino
Early Learning Liaison, Inclusion
(707) 399-4471
 
Juanita Morales
Early Learning Liaison, Child Care Policy and Planning
(707) 399-4452
 
Michelle Burhorn
Early Learning Liaison, Quality and Innovation
(707) 399-4470
 
Shannon Feins
Program Manager, Preschool-3rd Grade
(707) 399-4473
 
Grace Jenschke
Early Learning Quality Improvement Coach
(707) 399-4476
 
Kimberlee Patzner
Early Learning Quality Improvement Coach
(707) 399-4472
 
Kristin McCaffrey
Early Learning Quality Improvement Coach
(707) 399-4477
 
Brenda Hernandez
Secretary - Program Analyst 
(707) 399-4432
 
Nelina Foster
Project Support Analyst 
(707) 399-4435
 
Taylor Benson
Program Support Specialist
(707) 399-4446