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Early Childhood Education Program

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Early Childhood Education Program

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Child Care Logo The Tulare County Early Childhood Education Program (TCECEP), under the umbrella of the Tulare County Office of Education, is the Head Start and State Preschool agency that coordinates child care and child development services to low-income families in Tulare County.

TCECEP operates varied services using co-located funds from federal, state and local funding sources. Services include:
  • Child development centers
  • Head Start, Early Head Start and Migrant/Seasonal Head Start services
  • A home-based program
  • Connections for Quality Care and Resource & Referral programs that help parents and private child care providers
  • A family child care network that serves state migrant families
  • Alternative payment programs that pay for child care services.

The majority of children in the child development centers and Home Based programs are 3- to 5-year-olds. However, Early Head Start serves children 0-3 and the alternative payment program serves up to 11- to 12-year-olds. Families in Head Start programs also receive support services which include health, nutrition, parent involvement, social services, special needs services and training/technical assistance.

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Highlights
Total Head Start and State Preschool slots 2,632
Head Start (ages 3-5) 1,766
Center based 1,082
Home Based 684
Head Start (ages 0-3) 200
Center based 72
Home Based 83
Great Expectations (pre-natal) 45
ARRA expansion (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act)
Toddlers at La Sierra Child Development Center 16
Migrant/Seasonal Head Start (center based) 90
State funded (center based) 536
Tule Tribal Council (at Tule Child Development Center) 24

For 2011, 1,561 preschool children (51% of the total 3,048 3- and 4-year-old enrollees) transitioned into Tulare County kindergartens.

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Total enrollment for Connections for Quality Care 2,374
CAPP (State Alternative Payment Program) 597
CalWORKS Stage 2 (Subsidized Child Care for Public Assistance Enrollees) 1,258
CalWORKS Stage 3 (Subsidized Child Care for Public Assistance Enrollees) 326
Porterville College Alternative Payment 0
SMFCCN (State Migrant Family Child Care Network) 169
SFCCN (State Family Child Care Network) 24

Note: The CalWORKS Stage 3 enrollment was at 908 in October 2010 just before the temporary elimination of CalWORKS Stage 3. Stage 3 has since been restored through court order and re-enrollment of eligible participants is in progress.

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Number of child care centers 36
Number of classrooms 102
Number of staff 560
Budget $43.6 million
In-kind donations $7.8 million


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How to contact us

Tulare County Office of Education
Early Childhood Education Program
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C
Visalia, CA 93291

Main Office
Phone: (559) 651-3022
Fax: (559) 651-3802
Connections for Quality Care
Phone: (559) 651-3026 or (800) 675-3026
Fax: (559) 651-2465
Resource & Referral Library
Phone: (559) 651-0862 or (800) 613-6262
Fax: (559) 651-2427
Family Child Care Network
Phone: (559) 651-0862 or (800) 613-6262
Fax: (559) 651-2427

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Vision

Every child benefits from services provided by the Tulare County Early Childhood Education Program.


Mission

We are a culturally diverse program of caring professionals dedicated to serving families in Tulare County. We work in partnership with families and the community to offer quality child care and development services.

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Tulare County Office of Education
Early Childhood Education Program
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C
Visalia, CA 93291

Connie Smith, Administrator
(559) 651-3022
fax: (559) 651-3802



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
2637 W. Burrel Ave., P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219
TTY (hearing impaired): (559) 733-6314

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