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“My focus at the County has been on changing the first five years, as changing those years has the strong potential to change everything in the years that follow. We must focus our efforts on preparing our children for success in school and then make strategic investments to continue to support those students as they pursue their K-12 education and beyond.”

-- Supervisor Simitian  

  • Educare: early childhood education programs -- Educare of Silicon Valley is an early learning regional center serving children, families, communities and practitioners. The first Educare facility in the State of California began in East San Jose in 2014, with the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors’ helping to fund the outfitting of 12 classrooms and outdoor learning spaces.  Learn more >>
  • School First - at-risk students in Mountain View -- The School First program was championed by Supervisor Simitian in 2014 and ran for two years. The School First program was designed by the Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), to work with three local schools with higher than average dropout risk factors. CHAC provided an array of support services tailored to each student’s needs.​Learn more >>
  • Dream Catchers -- Through Supervisor Simitian’s encouragement, the County helps fund after-school academic programs aimed at closing the opportunity and achievement gap for children in the Palo Alto Unified School District.  Called Dream Catchers, the program is directed at middle school students who are tutored and mentored by Stanford University undergraduate student volunteers.  Learn more >>

  • Early College Promise --  ​Foothill Community College launched the Early College Promise program in 2017 to bolster the enrollment and graduation of historically underrepresented students, including ethnic minorities, low income and first-generation students. Under the program, high school students dual enroll at Foothill College for two years for free.  With county funding initiated by Supervisor Simitian, this program was expanded to increase the number of participants, from 300 to 550 students.  Learn more >>

  • Safe Routes to School​​ -- Students walking or bicycling on the Homestead Road corridor face challenging street conditions along their route to school because multiple jurisdictions converge in this area. Supervisor Simitian took on these challenges with the County providing one-time funding to develop a conceptual plan for additional on-street safety improvements. The plan will then become the basis for multi-jurisdictional joint grant applications for funding to implement the improvements.  In order to make crossing busy County expressways safer for children walking and biking to school, the County has also installed pedestrian detection systems at high student-traffic intersections. Sensors detect pedestrians and bicyclists in the crosswalk and lengthen the signal cycle to give the pedestrian additional time to cross the street.​  Learn more >>​
Last updated: 5/1/2019 2:04 PM