Trinity County Office of Education
Sarah Supahan – County Superintendent of Schools
www.tcoek12.org • (530) 623-2861
The Importance of Early Childhood Education
Written by Fabio Robles, Ph.D. - Assistant Superintendent
Studies show that high-quality education early in a child’s life leads to success later in school and at work. Children taught at an early age are able to get along well with others, need little help with learning in school, get better grades, and are able to pay attention longer. Research also shows that young children enrolled in pre-school programs usually graduate from high school, attend college, have fewer behavioral problems, and do not become involved with crime in their teenage and young adult years.
Pre-school programs can also help to prepare students and parents for successful transitions into elementary school. Trinity County Office of Education (TCOE) understands this and has worked to ensure that high quality, early childhood programs are available to families in Trinity County. We want to make sure that families have information and options when it comes to childcare so that families can make informed childcare decisions. TCOE staff members advocate for Trinity County’s early childhood needs locally, regionally, and at the State and Federal levels.
TCOE offers the following programs:
- Through partnership with the Human Response Network (HRN), we offer two State Pre-school programs: One in Lewiston and one in Weaverville (Alps View).
- Additionally, TCOE coordinates the School Readiness Program with several school districts for children ages 0-5. These programs are made possible with the support of First 5 Trinity. Our School Readiness Program has been providing early childhood education to families for 14 years. We offer the School Readiness Programs at the following locations:
o Burnt Ranch School
o Hayfork Elementary
o Hyampom Community
o Hoaglin-Zenia School
o North Lake Community
o Van Duzen Elementary School
The Preschool and School Readiness Programs are just one part of a larger county-wide early education plan that includes other early education providers. TCOE leads these efforts through the Local Child Care Planning Council (LPC). The LPC works as a team to determine childcare needs and to make childcare affordable in our county. There are 10 members on the Council and they meet 5 times each school year, led by the LPC Coordinator.
TCOE is also a leader in improving the quality of childcare in Trinity County. We partner with the North State Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Our QRIS partnership is a team effort designed to improve and/or maintain the quality of early childhood programs and centers in our county. QRIS provides additional funding and/or training to providers so ensure their programs are of high quality.
TCOE leads other efforts in training early childhood educators as well. TCOE coordinates three early childhood learning workshops through the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) each year for all educators in Trinity County who work with children 0-5.
If you would like more information about early childcare programs in Trinity County, want to join our Local Childcare Planning Council, or are interested in working in the early childhood field, please contact our office at 530-623-2861. There are currently employment opportunities available.