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The Road to Fulfillment: Marquel’s Story

Sometimes, finding your true calling can be a long journey.  Marquel, one of our teachers at Leo J. Ryan Child Development Center, knows this well. After years of hard work training to become a dental professional, she finally earned her certificate and secured a high paying job. Still, Marquel felt unfulfilled. “I felt like I needed to do more,” she explained, “I just wasn’t using all of my skills as a dentist. I knew I…

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Teacher and Triplets

Norma’s Story

When Norma was a young girl growing up in the Philippines, she never dreamed of being a teacher. “I wanted to be a nurse,” she explains, “their uniforms were just so good looking!” Norma, a pre-school teacher at our Leo J Ryan Child Development Center, found her true calling by coincidence. When she moved to Manilla to attend university, she accidentally enrolled in the school of education instead of nursing. After Norma’s first class, “I…

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Celebrate Pilates day with Scoop Studio and help our Early Learning Center!

Scoop Studio is celebrating Pilates day (May 6th) in a great way! On May 6th and throughout the week of May 7th, Scoop will offer 45 minute sessions to first-time and experienced Pilates enthusiasts that will benefit our Early Learning Center. To enroll, visit the Scoop Studio website, scoopstudiopilates.com. The session on Saturday, May 6th will offer the following options: 9 am: On the mat 9 am: Jumpboard on the Reformer 10 am: Springboard/Wunda Chair 10 am:…

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A pre-school welcome from the National Charity League

There is no better gift that one that is hand-made. This time, we are certain they were “heart-made”! On March 21, representatives from the National Charity League, Crystal Springs Chapter brought “welcome bags” for forty pre-schoolers participating in Peninsula Family Service Programs. The reusable lunch bags donated by 4Imprint were filled with a hand-made blanket, coloring book, crayons, and stickers—all special gifts for children enrolling in our program this summer. . Also delivered were Kits…

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Pacific Union Real Estate awards grant to the Haven Family House

Recently, Pacific Union Real Estate awarded a generous grant to the Haven Family House in Menlo Park. We are thankful for this gift of hope, which will keep children and families safe and stable through housing, early learning and family support services. The Haven Child Development Center is one of two child development centers dedicated to serving children whose families reside in emergency or transitional housing through LifeMoves. The center, a partnership between Peninsula Family Service and…

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February, American Hearth Month

February is the month to treat your Valentine, but there is also another great celebration around this time of the year: the American Heart Month. This is a federally designated event, encouraging us to take care of our hearts and have our friends, family and community involved. In light of this celebration, our Early Learning centers took part in a door decoration contest. Following a set of rules and letting the creativity and spark of our children’s…

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Video: In it Together

Imagine yourself after a long day at work. On your way home you run through a dizzying mental checklist: run a load of laundry, fix something healthy for dinner, empty the dishwasher, corral your kids for bath time, and summon the energy to read them at least two storybooks before bed. Parents at Peninsula Family Service are passionate about helping their children dream huge. But when mothers and fathers work multiple jobs or struggle to…

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Success Story: At Home

It’s a Thursday afternoon, and class is in session at Josefina’s small home in San Mateo. Her son Hosea, sits on her lap as they slowly turn the pages of a picture book. “Qué es esto? What is this?” she asks, pointing to a horse. Next to her on the couch, the family’s Case Manager, Claudia, sits beaming. The family is part of our home-based Early Learning program, an approach that empowers parents to be…

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2014 EHS Annual Report

2014 Early Head Start Report

Read our 2014 Early Head Start Report In 1994, Early Head Start was established with federal funding to support the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children—from before birth to three-years old—and their families. For the past four-years, Peninsula Family Service’s Early Head Start program has offered comprehensive early learning opportunities to at-risk infants and toddlers in San Mateo County. By providing a continuum of complementary services, we can improve child and family outcomes and…

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