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Educare California at Silicon Valley currently serves almost 600 children ages 0 to 5 and their families in a model early learning school and family resource center. Educare is made possible through a collaboration of public and private partnerships
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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Our newsletter highlights the people and programs that make Educare so special. As we continue to grow, we'll keep you updated about how we're narrowing the opportunity gap for low-income children, their families, and their communities.

Child Development and Education Academy

Educare proudly partners with East Side Union High School District to jump start careers in early learning by training local high schoolers. Seniors in the Child Development and Education Academy at Overfelt High School will be placed at Educare to gain hands-on experience in a high quality early learning facility.

The benefits of this partnership are twofold: it will help to meet the growing workforce demand in the early childhood education field, while also providing valuable career development training for low-income students.

The academy prepares high school students to be successful in college academically, socially, emotionally and financially. By the end of the three-year program, they’re licensed to work at a child care facility, which can help them pay their way through college,” explains Vito Chiala, the Principal at Overfelt High School.

Students at Overfelt come from a low-income background, and many will be first generation college students. There are currently 63 students enrolled in the academy, which consists of instruction and lab hours at either Educare or the Overfelt Child Care Center. These rigorous, college-level child development courses are co-taught by a team of Overfelt teachers and a San Jose City College instructor.

"It's important to give students career training and an opportunity to lift up others in their community. They’ll take their strengths and help nurture the next generation of learners,” says Chiala.

"We're proud to partner with Educare to connect bright students with a high-impact future,” adds Chris Funk, Superintendent of East Side Union High School District and Educare board member.
Teachers Invited to Present at Statewide Conference
Preschool teacher Pedro Sousa and Infant teacher Yesenia Rivas-Bejarano were invited to present at the California Kindergarten Association - 35th Annual PK1 Conference, which took place January 13-15 in Santa Clara and brought together teachers from around the state.

Pedro and Yesenia hosted a table during the Art Happy Hour to demonstrate some of the art techniques used with our students to support their cognitive development and creativity. The interactive art demo featured stations to make nature-themed art, play-doh, and instruction cards for educators to take back to their classrooms. 

"Art connects all of us! From young children to the elderly, we can all appreciate the process of creating and admiring art together," Yesenia shared. "I carefully select materials that will enhance learning and discovery in my classroom."
Opportunity Champions

We've got big plans for 2017! Here are 4 easy ways you can support us:

Save the Date! Educare will participate in East Bay Gives, a 24-hour online day-of-giving happening May 4, 2017. We'll share more information about donating soon! 

Get matched! See if your donations quality for a company employee match on Benevity.

Shop for a good cause! Online shopping just got better with Amazon Smile! Now, when you designate ECSV as your beneficiary organization and shop through smile.amazon.com, we'll receive a portion of eligible proceeds. 

Become an Opportunity Champion! Join us in giving low-income children in East San Jose the opportunity for a successful life by donating online.

Educare in the news
We are honored to be featured in recent media:
  • New America tackles the challenges of funding high quality care for young children.
  • KBAY radio interviewed board member Juan Cruz.
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal explores the partnership between Adobe and Green Standards to keep used furniture out of landfills by donating to nonprofits like Educare.
  • The First 5 California FOCUS newsletter features our family resource center and first year accomplishments.
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Meet our Encore.org Fellow:
Karen Koenig

We are honored to have our first Encore.org fellow, Karen Koenig, join our team. She welcomes everyone who enters our center with a big smile and a warm "hello." She's formed a special bond with 4-year-old Marcus, who has been attending Educare for over a year. "Marcus gets really happy in the morning when we walk in and his friends, teachers, and most of all, Ms. Karen, greet him," says mom, Natalie.

"I love playing with the kids who come in," Karen explains. "The mission of Educare really resonated with me. I love the opportunity to support children, and I wanted to do something different than in my career." Karen comes to us with decades of experience as a procurement manager at Intel. She wanted to give back after she retired in June last year, so she joined the Encore Fellows program, which matches highly skilled, retired professionals with social purpose organizations to help build capacity. And Karen has been doing just that: already she has demonstrated tremendous initiative with fundraising, marketing, and administrative support, including connecting Educare with the Benevity portal where participating corporations match their employees' donations. "I'm incredibly thankful to have Karen on board," says Executive Director Lisa Kaufman. "She's made a huge difference and the kids love her."

We look forward to working with more Encore Fellows in the future, as a partner in the City of San Jose's Generation to Generation campaign, which advocates for older generations to support younger generations in improving San Jose and building a brighter future, together. 

New research findings confirm Educare's positive impact

A new study published in Child Development found that the high-quality, center-based early childhood education offered at Educare has a positive impact on the development of financially disadvantaged infants and toddlers.
 
The study found that after one year of enrollment, at approximately age 2, children who attend Educare had significantly higher English language skills, fewer parent reports of problem behaviors and more positive parent-child interactions than children who did not attend Educare. These metrics are all predictive of a child’s future success in school and in life.

“This new study reinforces what we’ve learned from decades of research—high-quality early childhood education benefits young children living in poverty,” said Jon R. Gundry, Board Chair and Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County Office of Education. “We hope the results from this study will provide new evidence to increase public investments in high-quality early learning.”

“The services provided by our school help young children develop the social-emotional and language skills during the critical first five years that sets the foundation for good health and lifelong success,” said Educare California at Silicon Valley Executive Director Lisa Kaufman. “Each of our infants and toddlers receives individualized attention from highly qualified early learning educators, while parents access support services and a community committed to positively changing the trajectory of the lives of our young students.” Read more here.

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