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Annual Report 2021: Award Honorees

AWARD WINNERS IMPACT: STEM from the START In October 2021, Peninsula Family Service (PFS) will award two very special 2020-2021 awards.  To read more about these award winners,  see the FY20-21 PFS Annual report,  https://www.peninsulafamilyservice.org/awardwinning-honorees-for-2020-2021/. Both of our PFS award winners are making a tremendous, life-changing  impact on the development of the signature PFS STEM from the Start program. Even during shelter-in-place, STEM from the Start has grown as we continue our work to build…

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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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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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