“My focus at the County has been on changing the first five years of a child's education, because that 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 California at Silicon Valley is an early learning regional center serving children, families, communities and practitioners. Supervisor Simitian helped coordinate Board support for California's first Educare facility, in East San Jose, where there are now 16 state-of-the-art classrooms, outdoor learning spaces, and a resource center for families and the community.  Learn more
  • School First: At-Risk Students in Mountain View -- Supervisor Simitian championed the School First program, a successful two-year effort 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
  • Deer Hollow Farm -- A long-time champion of Deer Hollow Farm, Supervisor Simitian proposed County support for the farm and its programs, which provided three years of field trips and bus transportation for students from under-resourced schools, including those in areas of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose. The classes are an opportunity for students to learn how to milk a goat or cow, walk the trails in the Preserve, learn about indigenous cultures, and see classroom lessons brought to life with hands-on outdoor learning. Learn more
  • DreamCatchers -- Through Supervisor Simitian’s encouragement, the County funds after-school academic programs aimed at closing the opportunity and achievement gap for children in the Palo Alto Unified School District. The DreamCatchers 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 to bolster the enrollment and graduation of historically underrepresented, 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, the program was able to nearly double in size, with 550 students participating.  Learn more
  • Safe Routes to School -- Students from Los Altos, Cupertino and Sunnyvale walking or bicycling on the busy Homestead Road corridor face challenging street conditions along their route to school. Supervisor Simitian led the development of a plan for additional on-street safety improvements that required a multi-jurisdictional approach to solving the problem. In June 2020, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority approved $1.17 million for environmental clearance and design. 

    At Supervisor Simitian's urging the County also installed detection systems at high student-traffic intersections that give pedestrians and bicyclists additional time to cross the street, most recently for five intersections on Foothill Expressway.  Learn more

Sunnyvale Community Services Back to School Day 2021 with Joe Simitian and Marie Bernard.

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