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Spring 2019 Newsletter

 
Highlighting the high-quality early learning services and professionals who narrow the opportunity gap for low-income children and their families.

Preparing for Kindergarten and College: A two-generation approach to education

As 5-year-old Matthew builds kindergarten-readiness skills, mom Evelyn prepares to attend Santa Clara University on a scholarship.
“Thanks to having full-day childcare support at Educare, I felt confident I could go back to school without worrying if I have time to do homework. They work with me on my schedule so I can focus on my career. It’s a great help.”

— Evelyn Gonzales, mother of 5-year-old Matthew

This fall, Evelyn Gonzales will head to Santa Clara University on a scholarship. She expects to graduate in 2021 with a degree in political science, and plans to advocate for low-income immigrant communities like the one she grew up in. She’s optimistic about her future because she knows her son Matthew, who is five years old, is receiving high-quality early education at Educare, and that she has the support of specialists who equip her with resources and mentorship to be an engaged mother.

The lack of affordable childcare is a barrier to diploma attainment and continuing education amongst many high-need families, and Educare has been exploring opportunities to expand two-generation educational programming to better support families in advancing their educational attainment in pursuit of economic self-sufficiency.

“I’m a single mom. I got pregnant at 16 and was incarcerated my whole pregnancy. That was my turning point,” shares Evelyn. She earned her high school diploma while working, but had to pause her community college classes in order to work full time to cover expenses. 

Evelyn describes her son as a friendly, energetic boy. When she learned that Matthew was acting aggressively, Evelyn was grateful for the support of Tami, a Family Engagement Specialist who empowered her to work with Matthew's teachers to develop a customized plan for handling Matthew's behavior. "It’s such an honor to witness her discover her strengths," reflects Tami.

With Matthew well-cared for in a free, full-day Head Start classroom, Evelyn is excited to go back to school. She is ready to pursue her dream of improving communities and fighting for social justice — a dream partly fueled by her participation on the executive committee of the Head Start Parent Policy Council at Educare, where she and 50 other parents advocate for their children within the school system. “I learned how to speak up for my child and his needs, and advocate for my community," she says of her experience. 

All-Staff Retreat

Educare staff and leaders recognize the need to re-energize and practice self-care in order to provide high-quality services in and out of the classroom to our children and families. During the team's all-staff retreat on February 23, partners from Catholic Charities of Santa Clara CountyFranklin-McKinley School DistrictKidango, and Santa Clara County Office of Education came together for a day of team building, systems thinking, and self-care. The staff channeled their creativity into painting, practiced mindfulness through yoga, and tackled issues through group activities. 

Professional Development Institute
Spotlight

We draw inspiration from early learning experts and practitioners locally, nationally and internationally, and adapt those best practices at our school to continually improve our services. We also send staff out to other centers to take our professional development beyond the walls of our school. Enjoy these updates from our Professional Development Institute.

Educare visits Crescent Park CDC.

During a visit to the Crescent Park CDC, the team explored the school and observed language-rich and intentional learning opportunities. Oone teacher noted, “I liked seeing the amount of freedom children were given. I'm inspired to offer more chances for child choice.”

Dr. Oliva-Olson speaks at Educare.
Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson, Associate Professor at California State University Channel Islands, gave a Distinguish Speaker Series presentation at Educare on January 31. Her talk focused on a systemic approach for early learning programs to comprehensively respond to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. 
Teresa Power, bestselling author of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids series, facilitated a yoga teacher training at Educare to help our educators incorporate yoga into classrooms. This supports mindfulness and early childhood positive behavioral interventions & supports (EC-PBIS).
Teresa also taught a family workshop, where over 30 families learned a new activity to help children relieve stress, sharpen their focus, promote balance and flexibility, and practice cognitive functioning through sequencing and memory. We love this family-friendly way to get healthy together while developing social, emotional, and cognitive assets.
Educare in New Zealand
Director of Educare Programs Drew Giles traveled to New Zealand on a learning tour, observing and talking with staff at early learning centers as part of an international, 30-person delegation of Americans and Canadians. Drew was inspired by the programming, physical space, and kindness of the people he met, and is excited to implement elements from these schools at Educare!

High-Quality Impact

We are proud to join other early childhood service providers and advocates on the #ChooseChildrenSV initiative to promote resource investment in early childhood education and supports in the region. We believe in this campaign's collaborative power to spotlight the importance of high-quality education and services during the first five years of life. 

Educare in the News

Mary Ann Dewan, Educare's board vice chair and Santa Clara County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools, praised Governor Gavin Newsom's investment in early childhood education in an op-ed that appeared in The Mercury News. We're grateful that our board vice chair is a strong advocate for investment in early learning.
Meera Mani, board secretary
Meera Mani, our board secretary and Director of the Children, Families, and Communities Program at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, emphasizes the need for quality in early childhood programs in this article that appeared in EdSource. We're proud to see our board secretary using her respected voice to make a case for the need for quality early education.

In the Community

We are seeking a visionary Executive Director to achieve increased impact for the region’s most vulnerable children and families. Read the full position description.
Become a coach to improve professional practice and support improved program quality and child outcomes.
 
Teachers from partner Franklin-McKinley School District discuss "Getting Kids Ready for Kindergarten" in the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Philanthropy Now podcast.
 
Join the Early Learning Lab for a webinar on May 8 to learn how to use technology to support teaching in the early years.

Red Nose Day returns May 23!

Red Nose Day
[Photo courtesy of Red Nose Day]
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the nonprofit organization Comic Relief, which brings people together to raise funds to end child poverty. Over the last 4 years, the campaign has raised over $150 million. Part of the proceeds will once again be donated to the national Educare Learning Network, including our school in Silicon Valley. 

You can get your #NosesOn by purchasing Red Noses in stores or online exclusively through a national partnership with Walgreens. Stay tuned for more information about entertainment from partner NBC Universal and how you can get social to help our cause!

Become an Opportunity Champion!

A student uses paints at the Educare school.
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Educare California at Silicon Valley narrows the opportunity gap and creates 
life-changing opportunities for low-income, at-risk children ages 0-5 in Silicon Valley and beyond by providing free, high-quality early childhood education and family support services. We serve over 1,100 children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers. Educare is made possible through a collaboration of public and private partnerships

Educare California at Silicon Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax identification is #45-5147937.

Copyright © 2019 Educare California at Silicon Valley. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1399 Santee Dr, San Jose, CA 95122

Questions?
Contact Drew Giles at drew.giles@educaresv.org

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