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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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Perla’s Story Part 1: The Beginning – A Time of Uncertainty

This is part 1 of a 3-part story following Perla’s experience with Peninsula Family Service Perla had recently gone through a divorce and was thrust into single parenthood. She took care of her son Leonardo, and newborn twins, Luna and Sol, on her own. She moved her family into her mother’s house while figuring out her next steps. Sleep deprived, depressed, and overwhelmed, Perla reached out to a friend for advice. Fortunately, this friend had…

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food service bid – application and deadlines

Peninsula Family Service is currently soliciting letters of interest from prospective suppliers of meals in order to comply with federal regulations governing the program in matters of procurement. The contract will be for meals served to children at the Peninsula Family Service childcare centers located in Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City, and South San Francisco. The selected vendor will provide approximately 324 breakfasts, 301 lunches, and 356 snacks daily at the locations…

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Your support helps little Hector find his voice: Home-Based Care Program

Hector is a one-year-old tricycle enthusiast. He wished he had one, but he couldn’t ask his parents for it. Whenever Hector wanted to say something, he just couldn’t find the words to express what he was thinking. So last Christmas, Hector had an idea: He wrote a letter to Santa asking for a red tricycle. And through generous donors like yourself, the tricycle finally came! But reaching developmental milestones and achieving independence is not something…

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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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