The Superintendent's Spotlight

April 2023 | Early Childhood Education

A newsletter from San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Troy Brown, highlighting programs, events, trainings, and activities offered by the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE).


At the annual Early Childhood Education Conference in January, teachers, childcare providers, home visitors, and others who work with our region's youngest children learned about the importance of play in helping build growing minds.


Attendees networked and took part in workshops where they could sample easily accessible, inexpensive, hands-on activities that can be recreated anywhere.


Play isn't just fun. It is powerful. Play is vital in the development of the whole child. It's where lifelong learning starts.


Experiences in the classroom and alternative care settings build brain connections that support physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth.


The conference was organized by the SJCOE Early Childhood Education (ECE) department, which is part of Early Education and Support department.


The conference reflects the work that ECE does year-round to support the education and growth of infants and young children. The department works collaboratively with local agencies to offer preschool, childcare, and home visitation programs to more than 1,500 children annually. The department supports the Council for Quality Education and Care of Children and the county's Children's Services Coordinating Commission, which brings together partners with the primary goal of preventing child abuse. ECE also provides a variety of professional development opportunities for educators and childcare providers.


Posted: 4/7/2023