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.