We`re All Five

We’re All Five

All Five is committed to empowering all families to choose a high quality early education for their children.

We have an intentional model of socioeconomic diversity. 50% of students come from low-income families and are supported through public funding. 50% of students come from middle-income and high-income families, who make a financial commitment on a sliding scale according to their financial resources.

STATE SUBSIDY
50%
FULL AND PARTIAL PAY
50%

 

Our Approach

Diversity

Diversity

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.

Valuing Teachers

Valuing Teachers

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.

Family Involvement

Family Involvement

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.

Community

Community

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 2018, providing more continuity of care for more children.

 

Our Team

Carol Thomsen

Carol Thomsen

Executive Director

Carol is a Stanford-educated, 30-year veteran teacher. She has taught, directed and founded several early education programs including at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, Stanford Sierra Camp, and at Head Start in East Palo Alto. She is a 2013 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.

Lynne Dartnall

Lynne Dartnall

Director of Finance and Operations

Lynne is originally from New Zealand and came to the US in 2014 with her husband. Lynne brings financial and operational experience from her travels around the world. In the spring of 2016, she met Carol through a mutual friend, and started volunteering at All Five. In Fall 2016, she joined our staff and is now responsible for our Finances and Operations.

Joy Suzuki

Joy Suzuki

Head Teacher

Joy comes to us from a diverse community in the East Bay; she has been a teacher and artist for most of her professional life. She has a Bachelor of Art Degree from San Francisco State University, and Certification as a Site Supervisor for Childhood Development in California. She taught early childhood education to 3-and 4-year-olds in corporate and non-profit programs, as well as at Head Start. She also taught English and art in Japan for many years. She exhibited her art – one-of-a-kind glasswork – throughout Japan.

Jessica Contreras

Jessica Contreras

Teacher

Jessica started working with children in the Belle Haven community in 2001, the same community where she grew up and has come to love. Jessica has worked at preschools across the income spectrum from exclusively full fee private schools to public Child Development Centers. She brings her own love of learning to All Five everyday and enjoys being part of children’s development. Jessica is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Blanca Sanchez

Blanca Sanchez

Assistant Teacher

Blanca was born and raised in East Palo Alto and is passionate about early education. She joined All Five in Spring 2016 as an apprentice teacher. She is enthusiastic in the classroom, participating in classroom support and curriculum development. Blanca works 4 days a week at All Five and, on Tuesdays, takes care of her mom.

Caroline Morales

Caroline Morales

Apprentice Teacher

Caroline comes to All Five from Panama and is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in photography while starting to take classes in early education here. She bikes to work most days and ran in the Bay to Breaker’s race only a week after she arrived in the U.S. She is usually preparing for another athletic event as soon as she is finished at All Five.

  • Mary Dent, Board Member
    Mary is CEO of Green Dot Bank and founder of dcIQ. She is an experienced executive and expert in policy issues. She is a former Vice-President at Silicon Valley Bank and an Advisory Board Member to the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. She and her family live in Menlo Park.
  • Roger Hansen, Board Treasurer
    Roger is the Director of Tax and Accounting Services at Comprehensive Financial Management. He is a former manager at Price-Waterhouse Coopers. He and his wife and their four children live in Redwood City.
  • Diana McCool, Board Secretary
    Diana is an active community volunteer, primarily through PEO, an education organization that promotes the advancement and well being of women around the world. She lives in Ohio, but is a frequent visitor to California.  
  • Peggy Pizzo, Board Member
    Peggy is a Senior Scholar at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, carrying out research related to emotional and social intelligence in young children and the adults who are important to them. She is a prolific author and deep advocate for children. She and her husband live on Stanford campus.
  • Jenna Wachtel, Board Member
    Jenna is the Program Director of Early Learning at the New Teacher Center and a Board member at the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. She is a coach, mentor, presenter, and leader in the early learning community locally and nationally. She is also a recipient of the Young Leader award from the Skoll World Foundation. She and her husband live in Redwood City.
  • Carol Thomsen, Executive Director, President and Co-Founder
    Carol is a Stanford educated, 30-year veteran teacher. She has taught, directed and founded a number of early education programs including at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School and Head Start in East Palo Alto. She is a 2013 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence. She and her husband are raising two boys in Menlo Park.

  • Stephanie Agnew, Parent Education Coordinator, Parent’s Place
  • Gloria Hernandez-Goff, Superintendent, Ravenswood School District
  • Heather Hopkins, Founder, My New Red Shoes
  • Peckie Peters, Head Teacher, Bing Nursery School
  • Deborah Stipek, Dean, Stanford University School of Education

Our school is located at 1391 Chilco Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025