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California Head Start State Collaboration Office

California Head Start State Collaboration Office
Information including the Bridges newsletter and other publications developed by the office.

Elementary Education

Elementary Education
Resources for those interested in the academic achievement of kindergarten through grade six public school students; includes transition-to-school guidance.

Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils (LPC)

Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils
The mission of county located LPCs is to plan for child care services based on the needs of families in the local community.

Report on Unspent Child Care Funding
This report fulfills the requirement of the 2006-07 Budget Act Supplemental Report, dated June 28, 2006, requiring the California Department of Education to provide a report addressing the issue of unspent child care funding.

Team California for Healthy Kids–Early Childhood

Team California for Healthy Kids–Early Childhood
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids to promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school agencies, early childhood programs, and communities. The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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