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Meet Our Founder
The idea for All Five was inspired by 30 years of teaching early childhood education in low and high income communities. Founder Carol Thomsen experienced young children, in their first five years of life, being treated very differently. Children from low-income families were assumed to need to be told how to learn, even though research shows that approach does not work and does not last. Children from high-income families were being nurtured using the latest research – showing that children are inherently curious, and when given the opportunity to direct their own learning, the learning sticks. Beautiful environments were not considered important for low income children, yet essential for high income children.
All Five is bringing equity to early childhood education, to the time when our brains grow the most. Since opening in 2015, All Five has hired and trained ten teachers, 6 from the East Palo Alto/Belle Haven community. Three moms of children who attend or graduated from All Five, also from East Palo Alto/Belle Haven/Redwood City, have participated in the San Mateo County’s Teacher Pipeline Program, as they have been inspired and supported by our program to become early education teachers.
Prior to All Five, Carol 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 Stanford-educated, 30-year veteran teacher who was named 2013 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.