Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. Its county seat is Santa Ana. Its population of 3,056,865 (2005 estimate ) is larger than that of 21 states. It is the second most populous county in the state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States. The county is most well known for its affluence and political conservatism. Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in Orange County; the newest is Aliso Viejo. Seven of these cities are among the 200 largest cities in the United States.
Orange County operates a School Readiness program, which aims to ensure that children are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to learn and succeed when they enter the classroom. The Children and Families Commission of Orange County funds School Readiness Coordinators, who act as liaisons with early learning centers, school districts and Head Start, to make sure that schools are prepared for the needs of children from their first day of school. The Local School Readiness program operates as a partnership between the Commission, the Orange County Department of Education and the county’s 26 school districts. Read more about Orange County’s School Readiness Program.