Grant boosts county’s Head Start programs
The El Dorado County Office of Education will continue its 40-year legacy as the county’s premiere early childhood education provider, supporting children ages birth through 5 and families on their path to self-sufficiency and life preparedness. EDCOE recently secured the necessary funding to continue the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
The programs offer many services, including an in-home family engagement component, and focus on low-income families who often go on to work for the programs in different capacities.
“The teachers and staff make you feel so welcomed and are so encouraging when it comes to parent issues… (they) go above and beyond to supply parents with knowledge and information,” said current parent Amber Mueller.
The grant application process was long and demanding for the department, but everyone involved understood what was at stake and rose to the occasion.
“It was both a challenge and great opportunity,” said Kaye Medellin, 12-year executive director of the Child Development Programs at EDCOE. “Our grant application was based on best practices, which necessarily incorporated federal standards. Given these best practices, we are abiding by certain staffing criteria, while offering various positions to all of our existing staff.”
Services are available throughout the county.
“EDCOE recognizes the critical importance of providing a continuum of services from birth through adulthood, as demonstrated by our successive years of expansion, a history of advocacy at State and Federal levels, and extensive district and community partnerships,” said El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers. “Every day we strive to deliver excellence in education for the 21st century to our diverse student population, and with this grant our Head Start Programs continue to give high-quality support to the families in our community. We are very proud to be the recipient of this highly competitive grant.”
EDCOE is currently enrolling for all Child Development Programs. Call (530) 295-2270 for details. For more information about Child Development Programs and services offered visit edcoe.org.