Program Governance

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Program Governance

Contact Information

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Isabel Valtierra

Family & Community Engagement and Special Needs Coordinator

Phone: 831.755.0357

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Policy Council Executive Committee Members

  • Chairperson
    Adrina Carmona | Salinas

  • Vice-Chairperson
    Liliana Garcia | Salinas

  • Secretary
    Jacklyn Lopez | South County


  • Hector Navarro | Salinas
  • Leticia Becerra | Salinas
  • Lidia Quiahua | King City
  • Yanira Rivera | Las Lomas
  • Ashley Irineo | EHS
  • Victoria Moreno | EHS
  • Maria Valenzuela | Salinas HS Past Parent
  • Maria Lopez | Community Representative
  • Marlin Villagomez | Community Representative
  • John McPherson | MCOE Board Member


  • Karla Arizmendiz | Salinas
  • Mayari Chavez | Salinas
  • Roberto Serrano | Salinas
  • Lucie Sibaja | South County
  • Teresita Govea | South County
  • Carla Munoz | North Monterey County
  • Ramon Valenzuela | HS Past Parent
  • Josefa Alvares | EHS Past Parent

The Monterey County Office of Education Early Learning Program is required by federal law to establish and maintain a formal structure of shared governance through which parents can participate in policy making and other decision-making. The Monterey County Office of Education School Board, the Monterey County Office of Education Early Learning Program Director, management staff and elected parent representatives jointly plan and decide on major program policies, personnel, budget, and service areas.

Our local governance structure, as required by Early Learning Performance Standards includes the following:

  • Policy Council
    The Early Learning Policy Council membership is comprised of 51% parents of currently enrolled children. The council meets monthly to discuss program business and to make key decisions that affect the program's quality and success.

  • Parent Advisory Committee
    The Parent Advisory consists of parent representatives and meets with the Parent & Community Engagement and Special Needs Coordinator to discuss center concerns and make recommendations for improvement. The Parent Advisory meets quarterly.

  • Health Advisory Committee
    Brings together staff, parents, and local healthcare providers to talk about the planning, operation and evaluation of the health, nutrition, and mental health services. This committee meets twice a year.

  • Parent Center Committee
    The Committee is established at the center level to provide parents the opportunity to help out with class projects, to share special talents or center events, and to participate in their child's development. Each center committee meets monthly.


Sonia Jaramillo

Program Director
Phone: 831.755.0348

Lucie Alonso

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0348

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