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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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Summer 2016 newsletter

Welcome to our inaugural e-newsletter! Here you will find stories about the people and programs that make Educare so special. We look forward to keeping you informed about how we're changing the lives of children, their families, and their communities.

Meet our Family Engagement Specialist Team!
For our inaugural newsletter, we're shining a spotlight on our Family Engagement Specialist Team, which engages parents and families to be involved in learning through on-site family support services, developing an emphasis on overall wellness, and empowering parents to become advocates for their children’s education.
 
Educare’s three-person Family Engagement Specialist Team—Ericka Chagolla, Tiffany Nguyen, and Monica Rios De La Flor—are each bilingual in English and another language, including Spanish and Vietnamese, in order to better communicate with our students’ parents. 

Through monthly meetings and one-on-one discussions, our specialists help families to build and support strong, respectful parent-child relationships, whole family well-being, and ongoing learning for the child and the family. This work is grounded in the practice that addresses each child’s needs within the context of their whole family, since parents play a critical role in the emotional and cognitive development of their children.

The Family Engagement Specialist Team planned the May meeting—which is translated into Spanish and Vietnamese—with input from the parents, and included topics such as safety concerns, check-ins, cultural ice breaker, and making play-dough as a fast, cheap, and easy to way to help young children strengthen and improve their motor skills and coordination, develop cooperative play, get creative, and even release negative emotions.


The Family Engagement Specialists partner with staff from the Family Resource Center to ensure families have access to a variety of resources needed for early learning development. See the article below for more information about the Family Resource Center.
#SVGives 2016

For the second year in a row, Educare participated in Silicon Valley Gives, a 24-hour individual donation campaign sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Thanks to all 20 of our donors who helped us raise almost $5,000 to help build outdoor play equipment for our students!


You can support Educare any time of year by donating online.

Educare in the news

We are honored to be featured in two recent local articles:

Marketplace Business NewsPreschool serves low-income San Jose neighborhood

KPCCIn an impoverished Silicon Valley neighborhood, a bold approach to preschool

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Family Resource Center

The Santee community held a bake sale in June last year to raise funds toward finishing the school and center. We are so appreciative of the community's commitment to Educare. 

Now that the Educare school is open, families can access free books, trainings and workshops in our Family Resource Center. We offer a variety of evidence-based programming and trainings for parents, including Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors -- a parent advocacy and leadership training program), SEEDS of Early Literacy (a curriculum that teaches parents ways to promote social, emotional, language and literacy development), and Triple P -- Positive Parenting Program (to strengthen parent-child relationships). Additional classes and activities include art activities, fitness classes, storytime and so much more! Services are open to the community and available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, so drop in anytime! 

Program Spotlight: Vision screening
Kids need a lot of resources to grow up healthy, so Educare partners with local organizations to make sure students and families in the area have access to critical developmental milestone screenings and resources. Recently, we focused on vision: an important factor in a child’s ability to learn and perform well in school.

On March 1, almost 150 children were screened at the first Early Learning Expo at Edcuare. This event was a collaboration of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, Franklin-McKinley School District, Franklin-McKinley Children’s InitiativeSanta Clara County Office of Education, and the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.


In particular, the vision screening had a big impact on Rosidalu and her 3-year-old daughter Miley. The Healthier Kids Foundation staff found that Miley had a significant visual impairment, and helped connect Rosidalu to an optometrist near her house who was able to explain the results and glasses prescription in Spanish. With her new glasses, Miley now looks forward to going to school, is more talkative, and will be on track to improve her performance in school. 
Making an impact in policy
In addition to impacting children directly, Educare uses our expertise in early childhood learning to educate others in the education and policy spheres, through presentations and tours. Here’s a roundup of recent efforts:
  • Executive Director Lisa Kaufman speaks about the 8 Essential Quality Elements of Early Childhood Education at the Improving Quality in California’s Early Childhood Education System: New Research and Implications for Policy conference on February 29. Three of our board members also presented at the conference: Meera Mani (The David and Lucile Packard Foundation), Camille Maben (First 5 California), and Jolene Smith (FIRST 5 Santa Clara County). Thanks to Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and Early Edge California for the opportunity to scale up what works! Watch the full video to see all 8 elements here.
  • delegation of 16 Silicon Valley community and education leaders representing the Strong Start Initiative, of which Educare is a coalition member, visited California legislators on May 23 to advocate for increased support of early learning programs in the upcoming 2016-17 state budget. 
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1399 Santee Dr, San Jose, CA 95122

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