The Santa Barbara County Education Office provides a wide range of programs for youth ages 0-22, including special education, college and career readiness, programs for youth at-promise, instruction in juvenile detention facilities, and child development. Our office also provides services to the 20 school districts within the county’s boundaries.
Transitional Youth Services (TYS) in partnership with schools, districts, and community agencies throughout the county, works to remove barriers to academic achievement for children and youth who are experiencing homelessness or are in foster care. TYS serves as a countywide resource for information and referrals to ensure that students receive the services they need to achieve their educational and career goals.
Juvenile Court and Community Schools provide vital educational services in alternative settings for at-promise youth.
Nurses and psychologists support pupils in special education programs and in juvenile court schools.
SBCEO’s College and Career Readiness Program facilitates collaboration among schools, colleges, regional businesses and community partners to ensure that Santa Barbara County students are ready for college and career success through participation in learning experiences that integrate rigorous academics and career preparation.
Partners in Education Paid Student Internship Program helps high school students prepare for careers by providing paid job readiness workshops and internship experience with local businesses.
The Collaborative on Social-Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFFEL), part of our child development program, promotes and sustains healthy social-emotional development of young children through collaborative planning, advocacy, and education.
Children and Family Resource Services (CFRS) operates three programs[One of our non-profit organizations]:
- Health Linkages Program provides dental screening, oral health education and fluoride varnishes to low-income children in targeted subsidized preschool, childcare and elementary school programs in Santa Barbara County. The orthodontia program also provides braces for middle school youth in specific communities and schools.
- Health screenings and social support services are offered to early childhood education and care programs. Access to health care is made available to community members of all ages through Medi-Cal enrollment and health navigation assistance.
- Santa Barbara County Promotores Network operates under the CFRS department by providing staffing and infrastructure support to connect promotores with agencies and programs designed to support and advocate for healthy communities through outreach, education, policy change and linking resources. Promotores are Spanish speaking members of the Latinx community who understand and respect the traditional beliefs of their community and help agencies integrate these cultural beliefs in their programs and services.
Welcome Every Baby/Family Connects (WEB/FC) is an evidence-based community-wide nurse home visitation program for parents of newborns and is inclusive of all income and socioeconomic levels. The visits assess maternal/newborn health and psychosocial status, provide parent education, and lactation support and a warm handoff to community services.