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How do we prevent the zip code a child is born in from determining the quality of their future? At Peninsula Family Service, we believe the answer is early learning.

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About Our Early Learning Program

Our nine child development centers in San Mateo County provide quality preschool for 500 children whose families face extreme adversity. Despite homelessness, trauma, or financial instability, our parents remain dedicated to helping their children dream huge. That’s why we go beyond the classroom, uniting parents and educators through a comprehensive family engagement program to empower mothers and fathers as they become their children’s first teachers and strongest advocates.

We combine that support at home with a STEM-focused curriculum—science, technology, engineering, and math—in the classroom to cultivate curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. By encouraging children to explore and ask questions, we ignite a lifetime love of learning and set the youngest members of our community on the path to limitless success.

To qualify, parents should be working, actively seeking employment, or unable to maintain employment due to illness or disability. Families should also demonstrate a gross monthly household income that falls within our guidelines (e.g., less than $3,613 for a family of two or $5,314 for a family of four).

Fees for full and part-time care are based on household income levels (e.g., fees for a family of two range between $0 and $362 per month).

Priority is given to:

  • Families with household incomes at or below poverty level
  • Families who are homeless, enrolled in SSI, CalWORKS or TANF
  • Children in the foster care system
  • Children with an IFSP or IEP

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To achieve our goal of securing the right to opportunity for every child in our community, we concentrate our early learning efforts on the neighborhoods and populations that need it most. Our nine child development centers are located between Menlo Park and Daly City, with two centers dedicated to children living in transitional or emergency housing, and one for teen parents and their children.

Our programs focus on children ages 0-5 years old, a critical growth stage when more than 80 percent of their brain development occurs. We fuel that growth by providing nutritious meals—a healthy morning and afternoon snack, and lunch—connecting families to physical and behavioral health resources, and working one-on-one with parents to ensure their needs as a family-unit are met.

The result? Confident parents eager to take an active role in their children’s education and young boys and girls ready to take kindergarten—and life—by storm.

Our nine child development centers are located throughout San Mateo County. Click on the name of the center to learn more about it.


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