The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The SCCOE serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Regional Occupational Programs.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education is also the Early Head Start (EHS) grantee in Santa Clara County. The Early Head Start Program enrolls eligible infants and toddlers and provides services in collaboration with CalSAFE (teenage mothers), Job Corps, and Parkway Child Development Programs. Head Start’s free preschool program offers both part-day and full-day early childhood programs.
Head Start serves pre-schoolers age 18 mo-5 yrs. for low income families. Head Start also meets the needs of children with disabilities by working closely with the school districts & community agencies to provide opportunities for dual enrollment & inclusion. Head start is federally funded. Head Start offers part-day preschool programs, full-day/full year programs that are free of charge for income eligible children whose parents are working full time or enrolled in school or training programs. Head Start program reserves 10% of it's enrollment slots for preschool children with disabilities. Priority will be given to families with the lowest income.
Another Santa Clara County Office program is Inclusion Collaborative. The Inclusion Collaborative leads the effort to provide every Santa Clara County child with a quality learning environment. Its focus is the successful inclusion of children with special needs in child care, preschool programs and the community through education, advocacy and awareness. The Inclusion Collaborative is your partner in providing inclusive environments for children. We are committed to ensuring that children with disabilities and special needs have equal access to full participation in inclusive community and learning environments.
Services we provide:
- Advocacy and Access
- Inclusion Support
- Professional Development
- Screening and Assessment Consultation
- Free Inclusion Support Warm Line (408) 453-6651 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Comprehensive Website including upcoming professional development and useful resources www.inclusioncollaborative.org
SCCOE's website contains a public school directory.
The SELPA units within the Santa Clara county develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed. SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators.
Community Opportunities for Navigating and Networking Educational and Career Transitions – or CONNECT – this is a post secondary program which furthers students' awareness and access to the possibilities of the future. The community-based program expands their recreation, vocation and education skills and experiences.
- RECREATIONAL OPTIONS - Our recreation options include bike riding, bocce ball, bowling, choir, dance class, disc golf, health and fitness clubs, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, music appreciation, photography, rock climbing, ropes course, safety-awareness training, tennis, woodworking and yoga.
- VOCATIONAL OPTIONS - CONNECT works with teachers and employers to provide a variety of vocational services: training and assessment, placement assistance, worksite supervision, vocational follow-up, continuing education, transit education, career counseling and a job club.
- EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS - We provide classroom instruction in nearly a dozen topics: communications skills, community safety, cooking and food choices, health and nutrition, independent-living skills, family-life training, computer skills, community college classes, social skills, and self-determination skills.
SCCOE offers vocational training through its Workability program: www.sccoe.org/depts/students/special-education/Pages/workability.aspx
The Santa Clara County Office of Education facilitates and supports districts in the development of equitable parent leadership and voice that meaningfully contributes to district and school governance and the academic growth of all students.
PARENT ENGAGEMENT INTIATIVE
Recognizing the critical role that parental involvement plays in student success, the Santa Clara County Office of Education began the Region V Parent Engagement Initiative to provide parents with the tools to support their children's academic achievement – and then teach other parents to do the same.