Child Development and Education
We hear a lot about the achievement gap, the difference in academic performance between ethnic or socio-economic groups. By fourth grade that gap is more of a chasm, with students from low-income families being academically three years behind their affluent peers. There is little that can be done to close that gap, instead Peninsula Family Service is working to prevent it, providing the tools families need to help their children reach their full potential.
Our Child Development and Education programs are designed to overcome the challenges faced by low-income families. We close the gap between accessibility of resources, between quality of education, between a child’s potential and their actual achievement. Investing in early education is the most effective way to improve a child’s future success, and has the greatest returns for society.
Peninsula Family Service has provided early childhood education and development in San Mateo County since 1973. This video outlines our program approach, curriculum and goals.
Our approach is designed to support each child’s social-emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and physical development by providing interactions with real materials, other children, and caring adults. > more
Our 10 sites throughout San Mateo County serve 500 children each year. From infants at our Redwood Child Development Center to pre-teens at Club Leo, our sites provide programs for a wide range of children. > more
Success Story: Finding Toby’s Voice
Only four years old, Toby had faced more trauma than most adults experience in a lifetime. Though, outwardly a normal preschooler, homelessness had taken its toll on his development. Then Toby and his family found our First Step CDC. > more
Our programs are open to all, and subsidized tuition is available to qualified families. Enroll your child today! Call us now at (650) 403-4300.