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Explanation about Section 504 and Title II

Section 504 protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination in programs and activities that receive federal funding. Specifically, Section 504 prohibits local education agencies from excluding individuals with disabilities from the participation in, or denying such individuals the benefits of, any program or activity. Section 504 also prohibits local education agencies from subjecting individuals with disabilities to discrimination under any program or activity. Title II extends this prohibition on discrimination established by Section 504 to all activities of state and local governments regardless of whether these entities received federal financial assistance.

Early Learning

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 child care, and home-based family child care. 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.

Solano County has a need for emergency pop-up childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. View current information and resources for Solano County.

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 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).


 

SCOE Early Learning Professional Development Opportunities for 2020-2021 

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Solano County Office of Education Early Learning Professional Development programming. 

Until further notice, Early Learning workshops and trainings will designed to be delivered in virtual format (i.e. Zoom, Webinars) in response the COVID-19 directives for large group gatherings from Solano County Public Health. The professional development calendar is in the process of being established for this program year and we look forward to offering a wide variety of topics related to the early learning and care profession. 

Please check back on this page for ongoing updates. Additionally, if you would like to be added to the professional development/training email distribution list for early learning, please contact Julie Kemp at jkemp@solanocoe.net with your name and email.

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 supports 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.

Solano County Office of Education maintains a list of early learning resources for families. Explore and learn what supports are available in Solano County.

Solano County Office of Education is a partner in the Quality Counts in Solano Early Care and Education program. Quality Counts helps to enhance the quality of the early learning and care environments for young children. Early learning programs that participate in Quality Counts can get assistance in improving outcomes for children though system-wide approaches to enhancing programs.

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 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 skills like remembering the rules and controlling impulses. 

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. 


 

Contact InfoRmation

Lisa Eckhoff

Senior Director, Early Learning

leckhoff@solanocoe.net; (707) 399-4407

 

Michelle Burhorn

Program Manager, Early Learning

mburhorn@solanocoe.net; (707) 399-4470

 

Gail Benson

Early Learning Coach

gbenson@solanoco.net; (707) 399-4472

Grace Jenschke

Early Learning Coach

gjenschke@solanocoe.net; (707) 399-4472

 

Kristin McCaffrey

Early Learning Coach

kmccaffrey@solanocoe.net; (707) 399-4472

 

Julie Kemp

Secretary

jkemp@solanocoe.net; (707) 399-4481