LACOE Head Start Program

The College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and the Department of Child and Family Studies at Cal State LA, created the LACOE Head Start Program as a flexible pathway toward degree completion for Head Start teachers in Los Angeles County. Participation in the program allowed teachers to retain their positions in Head Start under L.A. County guidelines, while at the same time return to college and complete their degree. Classes took place Saturdays on campus for four quarters (Spring 2013 – Winter 2014), where students completed eight courses or 32 units of study. The courses covered a diverse range of topics, from child cognitive development to family dynamics, as well as public health, and topics on family and the law. Mentors were on-hand to support program participants with their coursework. The program successfully enrolled 64 teachers and teacher’s aides, of which 47 have now completed all 32 units of study.

“I have gained knowledge that I can draw upon to provide parents and families with guidance, support, and understanding. I am able to give them resources to help with their children’s needs and their families.” 
Carol Victor, LACOE/Cal State LA Student, 2014 Cohort