The Early Childhood Education department provides many resources for both parents and early childhood educators. Our various programs are aimed at extending the knowledge of teachers throughout Placer County, in addition to providing valuable information for parents. Here, teachers can sign up for trainings and workshops and parents can find more information in regards to receiving childcare. Visit our various sections below for a more in-depth look on the many programs that we offer.
Looking to enroll your child in preschool?
From our flexible class times to our amazing preschool teachers, we have the perfect preschool program for your child. Click here for information about our preschool programs!
Sharpen Your Skills
Our Early Childhood Education department is proud to offer professional development workshops and trainings for teachers, parents and other child care providers.
We Offer Financial Assistance!
If you need help paying for childcare, we are happy to offer financial assistance to those who qualify. Fill out a financial assistance application here.
The Placer County Office of Education ECE Resource & Referral Department maintains a database of licensed child care providers in Placer County. To get started, simply click the link below and you will be delivered to the page designed to assist you in this process. If you have any questions or need any further assistance, feel free to contact us.
Visit Child Care Referrals
Our Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) is a voluntary program focused on providing information, resources and support to early care and education programs, including family child care homes, serving children birth through age 5.
Visit Early Quality Matters
Placer County Office of Education in collaboration with Sierra Joint Community College offers pre-kindergarten classes for three-year-old and four-year-old children. The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) is for families who meet income eligibility requirements. PCOE is proud to offer resources for enrolling your child in preschool.
Enroll in State Preschool
Placer County Office of Education, Early Childhood Education recognizes that licensed family childcare providers are a major source of support for working families. The Family Child Care at Its Best program delivers high-quality education to licensed providers at no cost statewide. These professional development opportunities help early educators improve their knowledge, skills and quality of care.
Visit Family Child Care at Its Best
The first 5 years of a child's life are critical for brain development. By supporting and developing when children are very young, early childhood development and education programs can complement parental investments and produce large benefits to children, parents, and society.
Visit First 5 Placer
Placer County Office of Education receives funding to provide financial assistance to families needing child care who are working, seeking employment or attending school/training. Funding is limited and there are some eligibility requirements, but all families are encouraged to complete a child care assistance application for financial consideration.
Visit Help with Payment
Our Resource and Referral department provides free child care referrals, without discrimination and without regard to income. Families receive information to assist them in choosing a quality early care and education program that meets both their needs and the needs of the child(ren) while maximizing parental choice.
Visit Information for Child Care Providers
The Placer County Local Child Care and Development Planning Council (LPC) was established in 1991 in accordance with state law AB 2141 to provide a forum for the identification of local priorities for child care; and to develop policies to meet the needs identified within these priorities.
Visit Placer County Child Care Council
PCOE ECE provides professional development workshops to early childhood teachers, parents, and family child care providers. Our workshops are held throughout Placer County. Topics offered include behavior management, business practices, child development, culture and diversity, early childhood curriculum, school readiness, health and safety, child abuse prevention, licensing-accreditation, and many others.
Visit Professional Development Workshops and Training
Catherine M. Goins
Assistant Superintendent, ECE
Phone: (530) 745-1381
Phone: (530) 745-1365
WHAT AGE DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE TO ATTEND STATE PRESCHOOL?
Placer County Office of Education, Early Childhood Education offers preschool programs for three and four year old children that prepare children for school success.
WHERE ARE STATE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS OFFERED?
Placer County Preschool Programs are available in Auburn, Colfax, Kings Beach, Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD BE LEARNING?
State Preschools have structured preschool programs that include areas of learning for Math, Literacy and Letters, Science, Music, Art, Outdoor play and more.
TRAINING: Please visit Go Sign Me Up to register for Early Childhood Education Workshops
“The best education is not given to students; it is drawn out of them."
― Gerald Belcher