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Humboldt County Office of Education: Early Childhood Support

Early Childhood Support

0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative

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Meg Walkley | Children & Family Support Specialist
441-4578 |

  • Working with the 0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative Planning & Advisory Group to identify and organize trainings to cultivate a qualified early childhood mental health workforce across disciplines.
  • Coordinating ongoing professional development opportunities post trainings.
  • Facilitating communication and networking related to early childhood mental health across disciplines and agencies.
  • Working toward developing the infrastructure for an “in-county” early childhood mental health certification process.
  • Providing training to education and family services organizations on topics related to early childhood mental health.

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Local Child Care Planning Council (LCCPC)

Judi Andersen | Coordinator, Local Child Care Planning Council
445-7006 |

Local Childcare Planning Council LogoThe mission of the Local Child Care Planning Council of Humboldt County is to assess, plan, and promote quality, accessible, affordable child care and development services reflecting the diverse needs of families throughout Humboldt County.

The LCCPC sets priorities for state funding allocations annually and conducts a comprehensive needs assessment every 5 years. We conduct outreach and education on the importance of child care to our community. The LCCPC works collaboratively with organizations throughout Humboldt County.

The LCCPC compiles data in the area of child care demand/availability/usage and other areas of need. Every 5 years a Child Care Needs Assessment is produced. Every year the LCCPC sets priorities by zip code for potential new state child care funding.

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Baby's First Year Calendar

Judi Andersen | Coordinator, Local Child Care Planning Council
445-7006 |

Baby Calendar CoverThe Baby’s First Year Activity Calendar was developed as a resource for parents. The timelines for developmental milestones and activities are estimates, all babies develop at their own pace. Click on the image at left to see it!

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten: A Parent’s Guide

Judi Andersen | Coordinator, Local Child Care Planning Council
445-7006 |

Getting Ready for KindergartenGetting Ready for Kindergarten: A guide for parents of children entering Kindergarten in the Fall, is now available online. It includes information about afterschool options, and activities for children. Click on the links below to view the materials via PDF. To request hard copies call 445-7006.

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Core Growth Suite

Cindi Kaup | Regional Lead, CPIN Region 1
441-3912 |

Lori Breyer | Coordinator, School Support & Accountability
445-7019 |

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These tools were developed by teachers over the past six years to measure kindergarten readiness, establish entry-level benchmarks, and assess TK through Grade 2 students over the course of the year. Teachers use a web-based system to record assessments which automatically complete progress reports that reflect the data entered each trimester. The measures on the assessments reflect California state standards and the Preschool Learning Foundations..

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California Preschool Instruction Network (CPIN)

Cindi Kaup | Regional Lead, CPIN Region 1
441-3912 |

CPIN LogoCPIN’s mission is to provide high quality professional development and technical assistance to preschool teachers and administrators to ensure preschool children are ready for school. Our goal is to enhance the quality of early learning environments by presenting current information from the Preschool Learning Foundations, teaching strategies from the Preschool Curriculum Frameworks and the Preschool English Learners Guide.

We invite you to visit the CPIN website to learn more about what’s happening in our region and across the state.

CDD Resources: Preschool Learning Foundations & Preschool Curriculum Framework

These Department of Education-Child Development Division resources are valuable tools for helping early educators understand the knowledge and skills that we can expect children to exhibit in a quality program as they complete their first or second year of preschool. The preschool Curriculum Framework offers strategies for supporting the Foundations and enhancing the early learning environment.

These documents can be accessed through the CDD Resources website under “Teacher Resources.”

Early Childhood Professional Development Opportunities

A list of statewide CPIN professional development opportunities is available on the CPIN website. To register for a Humboldt county training visit the HCOE Professional Development page.

Transitional Kindergarten

CPIN also supported districts as they develop Transitional Kindergarten programs by sharing CDD resources on child development and helping to build relationships with the early education community.

Early Literacy Partners

Lori Meints | Intermediate Account Technician
445-7086 |

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Early childhood development, especially in the areas of reading and math, directly influences economic health and social outcomes for individuals and society.

Through 3rd grade, children are learning to read. After that they are reading to learn. If they have not learned to read by the end of the 3rd grade, as much as half of the printed 4th-grade curriculum is incomprehensible. A student who is not proficient in reading by the time they reach the 4th grade is four times more likely to be a high school drop out. Forty percent of Humboldt County third graders are below proficiency in their math skills.

For these reasons, the Decade of Difference has developed the Early Literacy Partners Program, which places volunteer tutors in preschool through second grade classrooms to work one-on-one with students who need a little extra help in reading and/or math.

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Educational Services

Heidi Moore-Guynup | Assistant Superintendent - Educational Services
441-4502 |

Instructional Leadership

Jennifer Fairbanks | Coordinator, Instructional Leadership; LCAP
441-4651 |

Lori Breyer | Coordinator, School Support & Accountability
445-7019 |

General Inquiries

VACANT | Senior Account Technician
445-7171 |