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Prevention Supports and Services
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​​Prevention Supports and Services


PCOE is proud to offer prevention supports and services that help schools and districts develop systems of support for children and families throughout Placer County. Not only do these services help change the lives of these families, but they also help to transform school environments and cultures that might limit their ability to succeed.

Our educators support staff, students, and parents through services that address the mental wellness of children and adults. We also examine the culture and climate of schools throughout the county, while looking for ways to improve the academic success for all students. The Prevention Services department leads initiatives and provides training and technical support at the local, regional, and state level.

Our goals are accomplished by working in collaboration with various departments such as Professional Development, Career and Technical Education, Alternative Education, Special Education, and more. Families and community partners are also key contributors to our collaboration that's geared towards student success. Take a look at the many different sections below to find out more information about our supports and services.

 NEW: Handle with Care Program


​Research shows that exposure to violence and trauma can seriously undermine a child’s ability to learn, form relationships and focus appropriately in the classroom. To support students in Placer County who may have experienced trauma, a united effort among local agencies has led to the adoption and implementation of the Handle with Care program.

This initiative enhances communication and collaboration between first responders, such as law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical responders, schools and community resources. The program is designed to decrease the negative effects on children who are exposed to violence and trauma.

For additional information on the Placer County Handle with Care program, contact PCOE Prevention Supports and Services Executive Director Mike Lombardo.

 Distance Learning/COVID-19 Resources


As schools begin to reopen during the pandemic, the Prevention Supports and Services Department is organizing our distance learning and response to COVID-19 in one central location.  This section of our site is intended to organize and provide these resources.  To help with locating the correct resource, we have organized these tools and resources under the following sections:

  1. Direct Supports (these are supports that the PSS team can provide directly to students and families)
  2. Resources (these are supports that families and students can access in our community to help meet basic needs)
  3. Professional Development/Consultation (these are services/resources that our team provides to support school professionals in meeting the needs of their students and community)

 Direct Supports

​The Prevention Supports and Services department provides a number of direct supports to students and families.  These supports include case management, employment support, attendance support, mental health services, and directly linking families to community supports.  Use the link below to review a cultivated list of direct supports that may be beneficial as schools reopen.

PSS Direct Supports for Reopening Schools


​The Prevention Supports and Services department has cultivated a number of resources, resource lists, and connections to community resources.  Use this link to review a vetted list of community resources available to families in Placer County.

PSS Resources for the Community

 Professional Development/Consultation

​The Prevention Supports and Services department provides a broad spectrum of professional development and consultation services.  To support schools as they return to instruction, we have developed a list of professional development and consultation services and materials.  These resources include recorded webinars, live training opportunities, and consultation services.  The scope covers behavioral supports, attendance supports, and mental health strategies.  Use this link to access a cultivated list of professional development and consultation resources.

PSS Professional Development/Consultation Resources for Returning to School

 Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

Commercially Sexually Exploited YouthWhen children are sexually abused and exploited, it can have a lasting effect on their emotional and ​psychological development. Placer County Office of Education offers services to help youths affected by these traumatic events, in addition to providing preventative measures to prevent these situations from happening. ​Our helpful, caring team is here to help these children live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Learn more about Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

 Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program

Foster Youth Services Coordinating ProgramAlthough Calfornia becomes the foster parent of displaced children throughout the state, this doesn't mean that they'll receive the education they deserve. In order to help these children excel in their academic and personal lives, Placer County Office of Education offers the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program. This program aims to provide resources and assistance for school districts throughout Placer County. We have a team of dedicated professionals that work with these children to help them grow on a personal and academic level.

Learn more about the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program​

 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento Homeless EducationPlacer County Office of Education offers supports and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Whether they need assistance with transportation, clothing, supplies, food, or something else, our dedicated staff is here to offer assistance and guidance to help them succeed both personally and academically. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness in Placer County, feel free to reach out to us today. We work with 18 school districts throughout the county to help implement the rights and protections brought forth by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act​.

Learn more about Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education

 Multi-Tiered System of Support

Multitiered Systems of SupportA multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) is an integrated, comprehensive framework that aims to offer students with core instruction, differentiated learning, student-centered learning, and individualized student solutions for their specific needs. This system aims to improve students’ academic, behavioral, and social abilities. Using a data-driven, evidence-based approach, MT​SS provides very effective results for students that help them live fulfilling personal and academic lives.

Learn more about Multi-Tiered System of Support

 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Placer County Office of Education is proud to provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for students at all school districts throughout the county. These services use a critical framework that offers support to schools to create a climate where all students can succeed. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support uses a multi-tiered systems framework to provide a systematic approach to students with various needs. These services are used to create long-lasting behavioral improvements for students throughout Placer County. For more information about these interventions and supports, contact us today.

Visit Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports​

 Student Attendance Review Board

In order to achieve a high level of academic success, a student must consistently attend school. When students skip out on going to class, it can have a lasting effect on their personal growth and academic future. The Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) is a panel of community and school representatives that help find solutions to attendance issues throughout Placer County. The SARB works diligently with students and families to solve issues that may be preventing a child from attending school.

Visit Student Attendance Review Board

 Student Mental Wellness

​​Student-Mental-WellnessAchieving academic and personal success is made possible with staying healthy mentally. But from personal experiences to mental illnesses, it can be difficult to sustain optimal mental health in order for students to perform at their best. Placer County Office of Education offers a wide variety of different supports and services for those struggling with mental illness, including services aimed at sustaining optimal mental health in their academic and personal lives.

Visit Student Mental Wellness

 Tobacco Use Prevention and Education

Tobacco Use Prevention and EducationWith the widespread use of tobacco by adults and teens, this drug can easily interfere with a student's ability to learn and grow. However, the use of tobacco among teenagers is sometimes due to a lack of education. Placer County Office of Education offers the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) program​ to help teens quit the use of tobacco or prevent them from using it in the first place. Our program offers many resources to help limit tobacco use among teens throughout Placer County, in addition to helping encourage an overall healthier lifestyle. 

Visit Tobacco Use Prevention and Education

 Youth Employment Services

Youth Employment ServicesTransitioning from school to adulthood can be a difficult task. While juggling new responsibilities can be troubling for many, finding and sustaining a job can also be a tough mountain to climb. When looking for support and resources through this transition in life, Placer County Office of Education is here to help. PCOE offers many programs aimed at helping students transition to adult life with ease. While our main focus is finding employment for these students, we also guide them on the skills needed to be a successful employee, including organizational skills, time management, budgeting, workplace etiquette, and more.​​​

Learn about Youth Employment Services




Yes. PCOE offers many resources and supports for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Visit our McKinney-Vento Homeless ​Education page to learn more.


PCOE offers a wide variety of support options for those experiencing a mental illness. Visit our Student Mental Wellness page to learn more.​


PCOE is happy to offer assistance to foster children in need. We provide support with academics, social/emotional assistance, transitioning, vocational help, and counseling supports and interventions. Visit our Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program page to learn more.​​​​​

 Event Spotlight

Tier I Training

Placer County PBIS Recognition Event

In October 2019, Placer County Office of Education honored the 40 Placer County school sites that have been formally acknowledged by the California PBIS Coalition for their implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).​

View the photos on Facebook.



"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world"​

​-Malala Yousafzai