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Our Commitment to Support the Vulnerable Members of Our Community

Early Learning Support Update Our Early Learning teachers and family engagement staff have been a lifeline to the families we support. In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, every Wednesday families pick up food boxes at our Midway Child Development Center in Daly City. Over 200 boxes of food are handed out each week by staff and volunteers. Our teachers prepare and deliver learning activity kits for the children, as well as…

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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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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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