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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Peninsula Family Service: Getting Older Adults Connected to the Internet in San Mateo County

Patricia Duarte, the Technology Navigation Program Manager at Peninsula Family Service (PFS), was recently featured in a Partner Spotlight on Community Tech Networks’ (CTN) website. CTN’s mission is to transform lives through digital equity, and its partnership with PFS has become multifaceted. Through this partnership, PFS refers learners to CTN’s Home Connect services, providing free tablets and one-on-one technology training, as well as hosting Affordable Connectivity Program workshops helping individuals sign up for low-cost home internet.…

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Longtime Peer Counselor Retires After 10 Years

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein. These days, successful people tend to get more out of life than they put in. But a person of value will give more than they receive. Longtime Peninsula Family Service (PFS) Peer Counselor Charles Woods recently retired from volunteering after 10 years of service where he had a positive impact on dozens of older adults.…

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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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Black History Month PFS Celebration

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, marked the first Black History Month celebration at Peninsula Family Service (PFS). The PFS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee curated an inclusive cultural experience for all staff, Board, and guests to celebrate Black History Month. The experience included African art and artifacts on display, music and dance performances, as well as a presentation to honor Black Military Veterans. Guests arrived at PFS Headquarters to the sound of African Drums played by…

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: WEBSITE REDESIGN RFP

SUMMARY Peninsula Family Service (PFS) is accepting proposals to redesign the organization website. This will be a concept to completion project. The purpose of this RFP is to provide a fair evaluation for all candidates, and to provide the candidates with the evaluation criteria against which they will be evaluated. The existing website (www.pfso.org) was designed and produced in 2019 based on navigation and design specifications developed by Artsy Geek, a web development company. The…

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Building Financial Futures

BUILDING FINANCIAL FUTURES PFS has witnessed the hardships of the pandemic for so many in our community. The services PFS provides to our program participants are more important than ever, especially now that the demand for financial empowerment resources has skyrocketed. We will continue to offer financial education, affordable auto loans, banking alternatives, and money management tools. These services help participants build savings and improve their credit scores, which increases their financial knowledge and wellbeing.…

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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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Helping older adults help other older adults

This opinion piece was published in the Daily Journal on September 21, 2022: The U.S. population is growing older, and that is especially apparent in our local community. According to California Department of Finance population projections, San Mateo County will grow by more than 150,000 residents 65 and older by 2050. As the population increases, their needs increase as well, specifically those related to housing, transportation, social isolation, mental and physical health, and employment. Unfortunately,…

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