Among its many programs and services, SMCOE has several initiatives to serve the unique needs of public education in San Mateo County. These initiatives include aligning preschool to third-grade curriculum and instruction, growing the teacher pipeline, building safe schools and communities, and increasing environmental literacy.



The San Mateo County Office of Education's Civics Initiative aims to grow and develop youth of our county into thoughtful global citizens who are empowered to take action that benefits their community and our world.

Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

The Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative's vision is to see school communities and leaders advocate for and prioritize environmental education for all students. Its mission is to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to act individually and collectively to bring forward an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically thriving existence.

P-3 Alignment

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) has launched a new initiative to align preschool to third grade (P-3) curriculum and instruction, which can provide smoother grade-level transitions and support positive student outcomes.

Safe Schools and Communities

Through San Mateo County's Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities, SMCOE collaborates with other agencies to identify and address the safety needs of county youth.

Teach San Mateo County

SMCOE is committed to strengthening the teacher pipeline and ensuring that all schools in San Mateo County have access to highly qualified educators for the benefit of all students. It provides access to resources to help those interested in pursuing a teaching profession.