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A Message from the CEO and Board Chair

Dear PFS Friends, FY 22-23 was a rewarding and challenging year for all of us, and I am pleased to report that PFS is thriving. Our staff has completed the first year of our 2022- 2026 strategic plan, approved by the PFS Governing Board. We have five strategic goals to focus on: High- Quality Programs; Financial Resources; Marketing and Communications; Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Culture; and Organizational Development. We are thrilled to announce that we…

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Virtual PFS Early Learning Hiring Event

Peninsula Family Service’s (PFS) mission is to strengthen our community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives. PFS will be hosting a series of virtual early learning hiring events in September. We are currently looking for infant, toddler, and preschool teachers and associate teachers at our early learning centers located in Daly City, South San Francisco, and San Mateo. We will…

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In-Person PFS Early Learning Hiring Event

Peninsula Family Service’s (PFS) mission is to strengthen our community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives. PFS will be hosting a series of in-person early learning hiring events in September. We are currently looking for infant, toddler, and preschool teachers and associate teachers at our early learning centers located in Daly City, South San Francisco, and San Mateo. On-the-spot interviews…

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Opinion: We Need Better Pathways for Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher

Early childhood educator and PFS teaching aide Jay Lee, recently wrote an op-ed on EdSurge, a digital news and research magazine about education. Jay’s article, titled “We Need Better Pathways for Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher”, highlights the need for better ways to recruit and retain teachers such as increased compensation, easier pathways to certification, and combating staff shortages. Like many others interested in early childhood education, Lee struggles to overcome institutionalized barriers associated with…

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Food Service Bid 2023

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who…

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Early Learning Program Updates: AR 22

INVESTING IN OUR TEACHERS In late 2021, California passed a bill to include a cost of living adjustment to early learning reimbursement rates per child, in an effort to address inequities between the standard reimbursement rate and the regional market rate ceiling. This change has allowed PFS to increase compensation in our Early Learning program, raising the PFS minimum wage to $23 for teachers.     CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE PROGRAM PFS launched its first Early…

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Peninsula Family Service Launches Midway Early Learning Center Campaign in Daly City

Peninsula Family Service Launches Midway Early Learning Center Campaign in Daly City SAN MATEO, CA, Oct. 6, 2022—Peninsula Family Service (PFS) officially kicked off a major initiative to rebuild and transform the Midway Early Learning Center in Daly City. PFS is one of the largest early learning providers on the Peninsula with eight sites that annually serve 600+ children aged three weeks to twelve years. PFS is partnering with MidPen Housing and the San Mateo…

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Spring 2022 Program Updates

Child Development Associate Program PFS has launched our Early Learning Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program in early 2022, and have gone through the first cohort. We are exiting the pilot phase and now planning our second cohort for the fall. The purpose of the CDA program is to support individuals with a pathway to a rewarding career working with children and at the same time to increase our teacher pipeline. Graduates will earn not…

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Families moving out of COVID-19 distance learning

When Melanie found out about Peninsula Family Service (PFS), she was living at the Life Moves Shelter in San Mateo working toward family stability. Her youngest daughter was just 7 months old and Melanie needed reliable and safe care for her daughter while she worked. After some searching, Melanie found that the PFS Early Learning Center (ELC) had an opening in the infant room. From the very first conversation with the PFS Family Engagement Coordinator,…

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2021 Week of the Young Child

This week is the 50th anniversary of “The Week of the Young Child”, first celebrated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). During April 10-16, 2021, we celebrate children, families, and teachers. Most importantly, we celebrate our collective work to ensure that all young children, no matter their zip code, thrive and learn in a healthy and caring environment, helping each child reach their full potential. This year, the San Mateo…

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