The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) is a vital component of our K-12 education. MCOE serves as a critical link between county's schools and both state and federal governments, and provides indispensable and cost-effective services to local schools and districts.
The Alternative Education department offers supportive learning environments for students who have been expelled from local school districts, have been detained in county juvenile facilities or who are otherwise at risk for academic failure.
Head Start provides comprehensive child development programs to preschool children from families below poverty level.
Migrant Education Program Region XVI provides technical assistance and training in the areas of Title I Part C Federal guidelines and the California Department of Education Migrant Education state regulations specifically in the areas of identification and recruitment of eligible migrant students, student guidance, parent participation, health services, out of school youth services, and much more.
Foster Youth Education Services provides advocacy, guidance, and education to schools, caregivers and service providers around the issues of school enrollment and success for students in foster care.
Our Special Education division partners with local education agencies, parents and integral community members and agencies to provide comprehensive special education services for students requiring highly specialized programming.
Contact the Monterey County Office of Education's Early Learning program at 831.755.0348 for options. Also, the Monterey County Child Care Planning organization can be reached at 1.800.339.9306 or 831.757.0775 or the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation website or call Monterey County's Information and Referral Services by dialing 2-1-1.
Effective 2013-14, a child must be age 5 by September 1 to begin Kindergarten. Every district is required to have a transitional kindergarten program for those children who will not be age 5 by September 1. Contact your specific district for additional details.