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The Intersection of Homelessness and Education in Santa Cruz County

Youth without a high school credential are 346% more likely to experience homelessness as adults than their peers who completed high school. Recognizing the intersectionality ...

Shedding Light on Homelessness in Education: The Annual Student Count Results

The Students in Transition program has completed the Annual Count of Homeless Students in Schools for the 2022-2023 school year. This is achieved through an ...

Harvesting Hope: Nourishing Foster Ed and Students in Transition Programs

Our Foster Ed and Students in Transition programs were selected to receive farm boxes from the Homeless Garden Project’s Feed Two Birds program this year. ...

Community Partnerships: Free Narcan Distribution in Santa Cruz County

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education partnered with the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, Safe Rx Santa Cruz Community Health, and the San ...

Clearing the Air: Empowering Youth Against Vaping, Tobacco, and Cannabis

We’ve heard you and share your concerns. Over the last several years our teachers and administrators have watched in distress as students resort to vape ...

SIT and FosterEd Programs Outreaching to Students & Families

This month, the Students in Transition Program and the FosterEd program hit the ground running with outreach and training opportunities. Staff educated parents and educators ...

Our Commitment to Youth Mental Health First Aid

Santa Cruz COE is supporting Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) as one branch of our larger Behavioral Health and Mental Health Initiatives. With one ...

Social Emotional Learning Across the County

Professional Development at the Districts Suzanne Denham and Shannon McQuaide facilitated a 4-hour professional development around “Creating Cultures of Belonging” on September 1 at San ...
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College Application Essay Workshop

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is offering graduating high school seniors an opportunity to help them conceive, write and edit their college essays.
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It’s More Than a Backpack: Stuff the Bus Campaign Gets Rolling

United Way, Santa Cruz COE team up to provide thousands of Santa Cruz County students with essential school supplies As the new school year approaches, ...

SIT Programs Impact on our Students and Families

The Students In Transitions (SIT) program was able to support 13 different families, including 25 children with over 50 safe nights in a hotel stay ...

Santa Cruz COE at the 2023 CA Homeless Education Conference

Erika Cortes, our Homeless Project Coordinator, was able to attend the 2023 CA Homeless Education Conference earlier this month. She described it as a refreshing, ...