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STEM from the Start and COVID-19 Update

Early Learning Before COVID-19 STEM from the Start During FY19-20, a priority program in early learning had been to perfect our STEM from the Start pilot program so that over the next three years we can expand SteM to all of the children we serve. STEM awakens interest in science, technology, engineering, and math for all of our students; in  fact studies show that learning math in the earliest years is as important as literacy…

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Supporting our Early Learning Families

Our Early Learning teachers and administrators have been a lifeline to the families we support. In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, every Friday families are able to pick up boxes of food at our Midway Child Development Center in Daly City. Over 180 boxes are delivered and handed out by staff and volunteers. Our teachers have also gathered backpacks and school supplies for the children we support, as well as gift…

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Help Us Disrupt the Achievement Gap

As a professional in the field of Early Learning, it has always been clear to me that the earliest years of life are a period of exceptional development, a time of opportunity and vulnerability, dependent on primary relationships and the learning environment in which the child is growing.  Brain research has evolved to reveal astonishing discoveries including knowledge of the exponential volume of neural growth that occurs from birth to 5 years of life. Recent…

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Book Buddies

Helping children and families in our community grow and thrive truly takes a village. We cannot close the achievement gap, or help our families become financially stable, without the support and partnership of our Corporate and Community Partners. Often, as we get to know these partners, one touchpoint grows into a deeper, long-term relationship. This is the case for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a unique nonprofit with a mission to enrich lives by…

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2019 Volunteer of the Year

Many volunteers find it hard to say goodbye when their shift is over, including PJ Rich, a recent graduate from St. Ignatius High School. This summer, PJ visited with staff to reflect on his 160+ volunteer hours completed during high school at the Child Development Center in San Mateo. “Over the past three years, I have been able to watch the kids grow. It was amazing to see them learn new skills, but one child…

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Best Nonprofits to work for in SF Bay Area

Peninsula Family Service (PFS) has been featured as one of twenty-seven best nonprofits to work for in the SF Bay Area per the job search website Localwise. The staff at PFS are thrilled to be featured on the list. Bert Valerio, a treasured staff member, summed up our reaction best, “Something in our work culture makes it unique to stand out among the best in the Bay Area, as in this listing of top non-profits…

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Dream Playground Becomes Reality

The preschool at Peninsula Family Service (PFS) headquarters in San Mateo serves 32 children daily. The campus includes two classrooms and a playground to provide a nurturing, safe, and stimulating educational environment for children. The playground was run down by weather and heavy use, and old equipment was falling apart or had been discarded. The students and teachers desperately needed new playground equipment to enjoy and use every single day. Thanks to a grant from…

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Child care providers push California to boost pay for early education teachers

Heather Cleary, CEO of Peninsula Family Service and one of our high-quality teachers, have been featured in an article, Child care providers push California to boost pay for early education teachers, written by Zaidee Stavely of EdSource. This article outlines the two different ways that California pays centers that serve low-income children with subsidized income. At Peninsula Family Service, we believe the funding is simply not enough to retain high-quality Early Learning teachers. “Our teachers…

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Perla’s Story Part 3: Everything for a Reason

This is part 3 of a 3-part story following Perla’s experience with Peninsula Family Service. Missed the first part? Read Part 1. Read Part 2. As President of the Parent Policy Council, Perla has learned more about the behind-the-scenes strategy, policies, and management of child development centers at Peninsula Family Service. She has engaged in a few initiatives that she is proud of: approving a cost-of-living raise for teachers, creating solutions to improve the rooftop…

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Perla’s Story Part 2: A New Opportunity

This is part 2 of a 3-part story following Perla’s experience with Peninsula Family Service. Missed the first part? Read Part 1. Now that Perla had secured full-time child care for her twins at one of nine Peninsula Family Service Child Development Centers, she had to figure out a solution for transportation. Perla lived in southern San Mateo County and had to drive her children to downtown San Mateo, which is no quick drive during…

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