Every child deserves the highest quality early education
The first few years are critical
BRAIN DEVELOPMENT BY AGE 3
Disadvantaged children are not getting a chance
Universal education starts at
And when a child is
High school dropout rates can already be predicted with
How it breaks down
HIGH INCOME CHILDREN
while the children of professional families heard over
Children from disadvantaged families are already significantly behind their peers in language proficiency and mental processing speed by the time they are
It is a problem for our low income communities like East Palo Alto, CA
In 2013, only
of 3rd graders from East Palo Alto achieved reading proficiency
The early education community is largely segregated by socioeconomic status and unequal quality. Research suggests that “segregating children limits their learning.” The children and families in our program come from intentionally diverse socioeconomic backgrounds; this environment challenges all students with richer interactions and new experiences unavailable in a homogeneous grouping.
According to the Glassdoor, the average salary for early education teachers in America is just under $30K. In the San Francisco area, the average is $39K. Our fundraising efforts focus on higher salaries than that for all our teachers. It also ensures our lower ratio of 6-1 in a preschool classroom, and the opportunity for staff-driven professional development.
Our families are respected as their child’s first teacher and valued for their weekly contributions to our program. Their children see families sharing their time and talents, adding even more opportunities for learning and interaction. Families come together for our Café nights and learn how to be advocates for their children at school, and in life.
We welcome community volunteers, whether grandmothers or high school students, for their unique resources of energy and time. We strive to share our practices with children, to learn from research and to catalyze change on a larger scale. We believe our model can change the way communities view early childhood education - not as limited to child care center, but as a focal point for community resources, sharing and information.
All Five Years
All Five Years
The first five years are the most critical development years, laying the foundation for social-emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical growth. Most early education programs start at age 3 or 4. Our infant-toddler program will open in 2019, providing more continuity of care for more children.
Help us serve more children
With your help...
In September 2015, we opened our pilot preschool in eastern Menlo Park. We are currently serving 24 children from across the income spectrum. Our waiting list indicates the need for more high quality early education. With your support, we can open an infant-toddler program and an additional preschool classroom to serve more children. Each dollar brings us closer to serving this need.