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Early Education Programs and Services

The Early Education Programs and Services Unit provides:

  • Early intervention services to infants/toddlers with special needs birth to three years of age and their families
  • Professional development to support quality early education programs for children birth to five
  • Leadership in developing preschool experiences that are developmentally appropriate and designed to promote school readiness for all children
  • Oversight to Local Child Care and Development Planning Council

Early Intervention is provided through:

Support for Early Education programs includes:

  • Organizing the annual Early Years Conference 
  • Coordinating the State Preschool Directors’ meetings
  • Offering professional development through several grant-funded programs including California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)
  • Working with the First 5 Commission of San Diego and community/district preschool providers to implement Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) in San Diego County 

A Parents Guide to Early Education

What services do you need?  Do you qualify vouchers?  Do you know what “quality” looks like? Check out "A Parents Guide to Early Education."

Save the Date: 15th Annual Early Years Conference 

Early Years Conference ImageThe 15th Annual Early Years Conference is set for Feb. 23 and 24, 2018 at Marina Village. Registration is now open. Click here. The two-day fee is $120; the one-day fee is $75.

The conference theme is Transforming Teaching Practice to Facilitate Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking. Multiple workshops are planned, with the focus on two thematic strands: Leadership in Supporting Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking for Early Education Programs; and Supporting Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking in the Classroom.

Early Years conference participation is encouraged for providers, teachers, directors, and administrators who work in early care and education for infants, toddlers, preschool, family child care, transitional kindergarten, or kindergarten.