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Early Childhood Education Program

Is your child ready for preschool? Now is the time to enroll four-year-olds in preschool for the upcoming 2020-21 school year! Are you in need of child care? We can assist you in finding the education setting that is the best fit for you and your children. Send an email to or leave a message at (559) 651-3026 to have someone contact you about programs available in your community! For over 50 years, the Tulare County Office of Education's Early Childhood Education Program has been assisting Tulare County families in creating lifelong learners!

COVID-19 Resources from local, state, and national sources, especially pertaining to early childhood education and care

TCOE’s Early Childhood Education Child Development Centers are currently closed in an effort to help curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If your child receives services from TCOE’s Early Childhood Education Program, we have compiled a list of Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) that may be able to assist with care until our Child Development Centers reopen. We have also included a list of private centers in various communities throughout Tulare County that may be of assistance. If you would like additional information, please leave a message for the Early Childhood Education Program at (559) 651-3026. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

Early Childhood Education Logo The Tulare County Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP), under the umbrella of the Tulare County Office of Education, is the Head Start and State Preschool agency that coordinates child care and child development services to low-income families in Tulare County.

Our Vision

The Tulare County Early Childhood Education Program provides children and families quality comprehensive services, tools and skills that build overall success in school and throughout life.

Our Mission

The Tulare County Early Childhood Education Program, in partnership with families and community, improves the lives of children by providing quality comprehensive child development services which include: education, health, nutrition and mental health. We are a culturally diverse and inclusive program of caring professionals dedicated to serving families and children.

Our mission is accomplished by collaborating with parents in the operation and administration of the program and by supporting the growth of children, families and staff through encouragement, nurturing, education and empowerment.

Our Philosophy

WE, the staff and providers of Early Childhood Education, are committed to providing the very best care possible for each child enrolled in the program.

WE believe that we offer a program in which all children, including those with disabilities, can learn.

WE believe our role, as parents, educators and providers, is to protect, nurture, and ensure the future by honoring children as our most valuable resource.

WE believe that parents and guardians are the most significant adults in a child’s life.

WE respect a parent’s knowledge and seek to honor their wishes.

WE believe that parents, staff and providers are partners, working together to provide a variety of developmentally appropriate and skill-building experiences for the child.

WE believe that building trusting, collaborative relationships with parents is the foundation of quality services. Working together with families is essential to the success of the program. Staff and providers work to foster respectful and reciprocal relationships with children and caregivers.

WE foster open communication and promote relationships that build upon the cultures of families and strive to develop respect and cross-cultural understanding among children and parents.

WE are proud that the staff, providers, and program reflect not only the world around us, but also challenge bias and honor all people.

WE believe that positive self-esteem is the strongest foundation for any kind of learning and socializing.

WE believe that a child’s development is promoted through exploration, making choices, experimenting and interacting with others in an environment that is responsive to the developmental stage and needs of the child. With support from a caring adult, each child is encouraged to work toward the level for which they are ready.

WE believe that these early experiences, including the development of school readiness skills, provide a healthy foundation for lifelong learning.

Read the 2017-2018 Head Start Annual Report.

Tulare County Office of Education
Early Childhood Education Program
Alex Elliott, Ed.D., Administrator
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite C, Visalia, CA 93291 · · phone: (559) 651-3022 · · fax: (559) 651-3802