Save our Early Care and Education (ECE) Career Pathways Program

 Dolores Leon, Liz Garcia, and Stephanie Rivera

Dolores Leon, Liz Garcia, and Stephanie Rivera

Wu Yee Children Services is excited to announce the fundraising focus of its Wine & Dine Benefit:  the Early Care and Education (ECE) Career Pathways Program.

The ECE Career Pathways Program is a way to jump-start a career in the growing field of Early Childhood Education by offering transitional aged youth (18-24) experience by helping them obtain all necessary education and permits and providing mentorship and career coaching to become early childhood educators.     

In collaboration with Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and City College of San Francisco (CCSF), Wu Yee Children’s Services’ ECE Career Pathways Program blends the expertise of all partners to offer a unique program in the Early Childhood Education field.

 Dolores Leon representing Wu Yee at the 2018 Walk Around the Block rally at San Francisco City Hall

Dolores Leon representing Wu Yee at the 2018 Walk Around the Block rally at San Francisco City Hall

Last year, Stephanie Rivera and Dolores Leon, both mothers with children attending Wu Yee Child Development Centers, were working low-wage jobs and struggling to provide for their families when they were invited to apply to the program. Wu Yee’s ECE Career Pathways Program helped Stephanie and Dolores gain the skills, confidence, and education they needed to begin their ECE careers.   

“At first, I was very quiet.  I didn’t ask for help or stand up for myself.  But I've learned to be more assertive. This training has made me a better student, teacher and mother.”  
- Stephanie Rivera

 Stephanie Rivera with her children at Wu Yee’s Westside Child Development Center

Stephanie Rivera with her children at Wu Yee’s Westside Child Development Center

Upon completion of the program, after participants have obtained the required permits, received career coaching, including resume building and mock interviews, and finished a hands-on 50-hour internship at a Wu Yee Child Development Center, they are ready to accept a position as an Assistant Teacher or Associate Teacher.

Currently, Stephanie and Dolores are both substitute teachers for Wu Yee Children’s Services. Wu Yee has hired 6 new teachers from the program. At a time when San Francisco is facing a citywide teacher shortage, we need this program to build up our educator workforce.

We invite you to attend Wu Yee’s Wine & Dine Benefit on October 17, 2018 at Bluxome Street Winery and support programs like ECE Career Pathways, which are essential for meeting the needs of our children and families. If you are unable to attend this year’s event, you can support the program by making a donation at wuyee.org/donate.

Games and Prizes at the Wine & Dine Benefit

At the Wine & Dine Benefit, there will be plenty of chances to win many great prizes including a pack of five (5) one-day park hopper passes to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure  theme parks, over 40 bottles of wine from wineries such as Justice Grace Vineyard's Soliditary Wines and Silver Oak Winery's Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Bottle Ring Toss: Tiers of wine bottles will be arranged for a ring toss game. Buy rings, aim for the bottle(s) you want, and bring home the bottle(s) your ring lands on.  Yes, it's like the carnival game, but with better prizes!

Card Tear Raffle: Buy a card from a deck of playing cards. Each card has a 1 in 52 chance  to win a pack of five (5) one-day park hopper passes to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks!

The evening culminates in a live auction featuring stays in Maui, Hawaii and Lisbon, Portugal, a year of exciting and creative date nights, and a fund-a-need auction benefitting Wu Yee's teacher training program.  

See you on Wendsday, October 17, 2018 at Bluxome Street Winery!

September Events at the Joy Lok Family Resource Center

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In preparation for the new school year, the AT&T InspirASIAN group, Northern California chapter, donated backpacks filled with school supplies. Many thanks to AT&T InspirASIAN group, Northern California chapter!

Families from the Joy Lok FRC visted North East Medical Services' (NEMS) Stockton Street clinic and participated in a oral health workshop and dental screening for the kids. A huge thank you to NEMS!

Families at Joy Lok’s Baby and Me Playgroup have a space to share their feelings around motherhood, learn baby lullabies, baby sign language, baby nutrition, home safety, quality child care, and even baby massage. One session dedicated to Ask the Doctor where UCSF pediatric residents are invited to meet with the families and answer their questions around anything baby related. Most of the moms are from Joy Lok’s pregnant mom support group. We feel so fortunate to have them come back with their newborns to join in the playgroup!

Stay tuned for more happings at the Joy Lok FRC!

A Perfect Pairing: Wu Yee Partners with Chef Nigel Jones of Kaya SF for its Wine & Dine Benefit

Nigel Jones is chef and co-owner of Kaya SF, a Jamaican restaurant in partnership with Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group, located in the heart of San Francisco's dynamic downtown.  For him, food is all about community and diversity -- one reason Chef Jones and Kaya are partnering with Wu Yee Children’s Services for its Wine & Dine Benefit.  

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The Wine & Dine Benefit is Wu Yee’s premier fundraising event and happens on October 17, 2018, at Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco’s SOMA district.  Doors open for a VIP wine tasting at 6:00 pm, general admission is at 6:30 pm. The event features a vibrant live auction along with entertaining games and prizes.  

“I want to lift up my community and other people of color,” said Chef Jones. His lively menu and colorful drinks attract people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to come together in his Market Street restaurant, “one of the most recognizable streets of San Francisco,” he said. Jones revels in seeing Kaya’s customer base as being inclusive of the African-American, Asian, and Latino cultures.

Additionally, he fosters opportunities for people of color to work in the restaurant industry at all levels of employment.  “I am making sure our business practices reflect what we want to see in our community. Diversity exists from the people working in our restaurant to the people enjoying its food, drinks, and atmosphere.”

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“When people talk about food being spicy, they mean ‘hot’, but in Jamaica spicy means ‘flavorful.’  We use a lot of herbs and spices, and we season our meats, desserts and drinks. Everything is on the flavorful side.” Chef Jones will showcase Kaya’s Jamaican cuisine with dishes such as jerk chicken and oxtail, along with plates that spotlight the influences from different cultures, like Mapo tofu and Singaporean crab.

As a father of two, Chef Jones recognizes the importance of quality early care and education for working parents. When he returns from a long day at work, he is comforted to know that his child was cared for in a safe and nurturing environment.. the experiences the child has “whether it's love, attention, nurturing or [obstacles]” set the stage for who they will be as an adult.  

When he thinks of the way his two year old daughter looks at the world, he is inspired to approach his work with the wonder and natural curiosity that children possess. He asks of himself and his staff, “How do we maintain that freshness and desire to learn about everything?  The menu, our customers, our community. I think that young children can teach us how to stay curious.”

“Both the parent and the child are in a better place because of the services that Wu Yee provide.  It's a great thing,” he said. Chef Jones and Kaya are excited to be part of the Wine & Dine Benefit in partnership with Wu Yee. “I know that people are going to come and want to support the amazing work Wu Yee is doing for San Francisco’s children and families.”

About Wu Yee
Wu Yee Children’s Services connects diverse families throughout San Francisco to high-quality early care and education programs that meet their unique and individual needs. The phrase "wu yee" means "protector of children" in Cantonese, and children are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to create opportunities for children to be healthy, for families to thrive and for communities to be strong.

Support Wu Yee’s programs by attending the Wine & Dine Benefit. Tickets to the are on sale now at https://www.wuyee.org/wine-and-dine

Wu Yee’s Home-Based Program

 Claudia and her son, Mateo

Claudia and her son, Mateo

Wu Yee Children’s Services’ Child Development Department offers a Home-Based program as an at-home approach to caring for one’s child, in addition to center based and Family Child Care homes.  For current and expectant parents and caregivers, home visitors make weekly visits to a family’s home and offer connections and referrals to family resources such as health care, job training, and housing, a individualized family service plan, addressing each family’s unique needs, and educational resources about children’s physical, mental, and emotional development.  

Sang Nim, a Home Visitor with Wu Yee’s Home-Based program, thinks it is important for Home-Based families to have an advocate to help them navigate San Francisco’s varied systems such as public transportation, obtaining health care, and job placement. “Our families are determined to make it in San Francisco, a challenging city, and we want to give kids all the best opportunities,” he said.  

Claudia, mother of Mateo, struggled with postpartum depression after her son was born.  She took advantage of her home visitor’s referrals to help her cope and stay positive. Claudia’s home visitor also helped her find a job, know her rights, and give her son a chance to play with other kids in the Home-Based program at bi-monthly socialization playgroups, and  field trips to places like libraries, parks and community organizations

 Eva and her daughters, Genesis and Litzy

Eva and her daughters, Genesis and Litzy

Eva, mother of twin girls, Genesis and Litzy, is thankful to her home visitor for providing emotional and moral support, and for her children's’ social development.  “They were very attached to me at first, but now they like to play with other kids,” she said.

For more information on the Early Head Start Home-Based program, please call (415) 230-7500, or email Donna Dizon, Home-Based Program Manager at donna.dizon@wuyee.org We have multi-lingual caseworkers (English, Spanish/Español, Chinese/繁體中文, Tagalog and Burmese) to assist families.

Transitions and Celebrations

This August marked a transition to preschool for children in Wu Yee’s toddler classrooms and a transition into Kindergarten for preschoolers.  These promotions, as well as the end of the program year, were celebrated at End of Year Celebrations at each center and program.

 Jimmy and his mother, Jacqelyn

Jimmy and his mother, Jacqelyn

Children, family and friends gathered in the YMCA gym at Bayview Child Development Center, and were treated to interactive music from children’s musician, Mr. Rado, temporary tattoos, and making beaded crafts, along with cheering along the children in their homemade graduation caps.  

Jimmy attended preschool at Wu Yee’s Bayview Child Development Center and is now a Kindergartener at Rosa Parks Elementary School.  According to his mother, Jacqelyn, the teachers at Wu Yee have greatly helped prepare Jimmy for Kindergarten. By being able to socialize, knowing the right time to play outside, have a snack, and listen quietly and follow instruction, “he has changed tremendously,” she said.  During his time at Bayview, “we felt welcomed into the Wu Yee family,” said Jacqelyn. Jacqelyn and her son have learned and grown so much. “He knows where to go and what is expected of him. We are so grateful to all the people at Wu Yee.”

 Josselyn with her mother, Jessica

Josselyn with her mother, Jessica

The Chinatown Infant Center End of Year Celebration featured Lion Dancers and drummers from Lion Dance Me, a San Francisco based program that uses students from local high schools.  Children, friends and families enjoyed the performance, examined the colorful lion heads, and played on the drums.  

Josselyn transitioned from Wu Yee’s Chinatown Infant Center to preschool at Wu Yee’s Potrero Hill Child Development Center.  According to her mother, Jessica, Josselyn had learned a lot, and become more sociable and hands-on. “ My hope is that she is on track with developmental milestones and problem solving, she said. Jessica is also thankful to the empathetic and nurturing staff and teachers at Wu Yee’s Little Sprouts.  

Wu Yee’s twelve Child Development Centers opened their doors for the new program year today, with many new and returning faces, and many children transitioning to new classrooms or even new centers.

Wu Yee send their best wishes and good luck to Jimmy, Josselyn and all of Wu Yee’s children!

Stand Up For Your Right to be Counted

 State Assemblymember David Chiu (D- San Francisco) and Mayor London Breed with leaders of San Francisico immigrant advocacy organizations.

State Assemblymember David Chiu (D- San Francisco) and Mayor London Breed with leaders of San Francisico immigrant advocacy organizations.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers data to account for every person in America. This was written into the Constitution. The census is a tool for determining population changes in the United States and making federal policies accommodating for those changes. The next census is scheduled for 2020 and the Department of Commerce proposed including a question on citizenship.

State Assemblymember, David Chiu (D- San Francisco) and Mayor London Breed, together with leaders from San Francisco advocacy organizations, urged San Franciscans to submit public comment in opposition to the proposed citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 Census.  Assesmblymember Chiu, Mayor Breed, and community leaders are concerned the question about citizenship would discourage census participation and lead to a large undercount of minority populations.

"Everyone who cares about living in a free and fair democracy should raise their voice and show opposition to the citizenship question," said Assemblymember Chiu.  An undercount in California and San Francisco will result in an inaccurate representation of minority populations and will lead to a massive loss in federal and state funding.  Essential industries such as education, health care, housing and infrastructure will be negatively affected by an undercount in the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau's Chief Scientist warned of lower response, higher costs, and a less accurate census if the citizenship question is included. Including a citizenship question puts the census at risk of a significant undercount, especially among hard-to-reach population groups that already are fearful of answering government surveys, according to the Bureau's own research. The public should not be asked to answer, or pay for, a census that does not meet scientifically sound standards.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is requesting public comment on the addition of a citizenship question.  Public comment will close on August 7th. Submit your comment here.

Para información del Censo 2020 en español, visite:

有关中国人口普查2020的中文信息,请访问:

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Playmaker Program

 Cheryl Horney, Wu Yee Children's Services Child Development Program Director, together with her team following a Playmaker retreat in San Francisco.

Cheryl Horney, Wu Yee Children's Services Child Development Program Director, together with her team following a Playmaker retreat in San Francisco.

Cheryl Horney, Wu Yee's Child Development Program Director and her team of educators, recently participated in a Playmaker retreat in San Francisco. The signature program of the Life is Good Foundation, the Playmaker Program supports people who dedicate their careers to helping children heal from the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.

According to the website,

"We provide retreats, tools, and on-going coaching to more than 10,000 childcare professionals (that we call Playmakers) working in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies across the US and Haiti.  We help these professionals transform their care settings into optimal environments for kids to learn, heal, and thrive."

Cheryl wrote about her early experiences in the Playmaker Program, saying, " I was fresh out of college, working with preschoolers who had spent their earliest years in homeless shelters or had been impacted by trauma. I had just gotten started, but I was already beginning to question if I had what it takes to stay in this field and truly help our most vulnerable kids."  

Read her entire article here.

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Chinatown Improvement Projects

In order to make San Francisco's Chinatown a safer place for thousands of residents and visitors, the San Francisco Department of Public Works has implemented projects focused on advancing safety and vitality, while maintaining Chinatown's distinct historic character. 

Two Chinatown improvement projects celebrated their culmination today, with Lion Dance performances by Lion Dance Me and speeches by city officials: Broadway Chinatown Streetscape Improvement Project, and Chinatown Alleyway Renovation Program - Spofford Street.  

According to the project's website, 

"The Streetscape improvement project provides a safer and more pleasant walking experience, with new paving, streetlights, street trees, and street furnishings inspired by the unique history of the neighborhood. The work converts the current arterial to two lanes of traffic in each direction. Bulb-outs, raised crosswalks, and special intersection treatment will improve pedestrian visibility. New street trees, bike sharrows, seating, and new streetlights enhance the public realm design."

"Spofford Street is receiving a major upgrade through a partnership between Public Works and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Spofford received stormwater-collecting planters, new pedestrian street lighting, bench seating, raised crosswalks on Clay and Washington streets and ADA-compliant concrete pavers. The project is funded through the voter-backed 2011 Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond."

Wu Yee's Chinatown Infant Center - Little Sprouts and many of its administative offices are on the same block as the majority of improvements on Broadway Street, and Wu Yee's Lok Yuen Child Development Center has an entrance on Spofford Street, so the improvements are most welcomed by Wu Yee's staff and families.

Coverage of the events will be shown tonight at KTSV 26 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm.

 

 

New R&R Facilities in the Bayview and Excelsior Districts

To better reach more families, Wu Yee Children's Services expanded its Resouces and Referral (R&R) service to locations in the Bayview and Excelsior districts.  Our Bayview R&R location is housed in the Southeast Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale Avenue and is open every Thursday from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  Our Excelsior location is housed in Portola and Excelsior Family Connections at 60 Ocean Avenue and is open the first Thursday morning of each month.  

Wu Yee's Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) Program supports families in their search for affordable, quality child care by providing parent education, referrals to child care services that meet family needs and navigation of the child care financial aid system.  All of our services are offered free of charge and all information is kept confidential.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments preferred.  Child care is provided to clients bringing their children.  Please feel free to call (1-800-644-4300), email us at randr@wuyee.org or visit us in person. We would love to meet you!

2018 Wu Yee Staff Retreat

All Wu Yee Child Development centers, programs, and administrative offices closed on Friday, July 13th for a staff retreat. Nearly 200 Wu Yee staff came together to reflect, connect, and brainstorm new ideas and solutions to make Wu Yee a more healthy and inclusive workplace. Wu Yee staff members attended the day-long retreat held at San Francisco State University and facilitated by Kevin John Fong, of Elemental Partners.  A cultural translator and racial healing practitioner, Kevin works to provide clarity, alignment and integration to cultivate healthy and prosperous communities.  

Some ideas and solutions included better communication between programs and departments, flexible time off for self-care, and more team-building activities.  This activity was inspired by the World Cafe model, created by Juanita Brown and David Issacs. The model uses seven design principles of conversational leadership to engage people as "solutionaries" on a particular topic. 

The "Wu Yee Cafe" activity gave many participants the chance to interact with co-workers in a setting outside of a typical workday, and brought out feelings of trust and good intentions.  Lena Yu, Joy Lok Family Resource Manager said, "think about what we can do differently for our workplace by being our best selves".  

Along with small group activities and meeting and networking with other Wu Yee employees, leadership at Wu Yee acknowledged all staff for their hard work and for the following anniversary milestones:

10 years of service   

King Lam
Cindy Hwang
Cindy Wong
Mellisa Mai
Conny Zhu 

11 years of service

Merced Sanchez-Rocha
Emily Guo
Jean Kwong
Helen Li
Stevgen Wong
Carmen Zhen

12 years of service

Yu Ling Huang
Sophia Lin
Agnes Leung

13 years of service

Kitty Wu
Alyson Suzuki
Lisa Li 

14 years of service

Lauren Chan

15 years of service

Lisa Lim
Eva Huang

16 years of service

Amy Wu

17 years of service

Fion Chan
Paul Chow
Annie Lee
So King Szeto
Doreen Hong 

18 years of service

Karen Wong
Lorinda Cheang
Connie Ho
Jian Feng Xie
Sara Yang

19 years of service

Louise Yan
Angel Kwok
Cindy Li

21 years of service 

Sara Ng
Amy Li

22 years of service

David Lo

23 years of service

Linda Lim
Karen Ho

The retreat concluded with closing remarks from Monica Walters, CEO.  "The most important thing I can do is come up with creative and constructive ways to meet you," said Monica.  Kevin echoed Monica's sentiment saying, "we must cultivate joy and respect in everything we do and everywhere we go."  

Make a gift to SF's kids and families

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Dear Wu Yee Community, 

     On June 3, Wu Yee Children’s Services celebrated International Children’s Day with a festival at the Bayview Opera House by that brought over 600 children and families from diverse backgrounds together to enjoy an idyllic afternoon in the sunshine. Children took the lead in playing, learning and exploring in a safe and nurturing environment. Activities included interactive music, arts and crafts stations, a pop-up-playground where children direct building structures using materials like cardboard boxes and tape, a bicycle-powered smoothie station, and nutritious meals served by local food trucks.
 

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     At Wu Yee, we recognize that each individual is unique, yet there is a common thread that binds us together, a commitment to create better opportunities for San Francisco’s children and families. Wu Yee Children’s Services takes a stand to create an inclusive community where all children and families can feel safe, nurtured and supported. Our goal is for every child to have the stability they need to achieve their greatest potential and be a light for their families and communities.


     Please join us in taking a stand and creating an inclusive community for all. Contribute to Wu Yee and become part of creating better opportunities for San Francisco’s children and families. Make a gift today so that we can begin a new fiscal year on July 1st with strength and renewal, and with a solid foundation to move forward toward our shared mission of healthy children, thriving families and strong communities.

Warm regards,

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Monica Walters, CEO

Tile Painting Party

As a perk for contributing to Wu Yee's Indiegogo campaign, Bring Nature to Wu Yee's Infant Toddler Playscapes, former Board member, Lilly Minkove, chose a tile painting party.  The Minkove family and friends stamped tiles with vegetable scraps dipped in colorful underglazes creating interesting and lively shapes.  The children had a great time getting creative and a bit messy, and their parents enjoyed seeing their children's unique creations.  

The tiles will be installed at one of Wu Yee's five playgrounds that benefitted from the campaign.  Five playgrounds have been updated with new, naturally-inspired elements that bring children closer to nature.  Studies have shown that children who play in spaces that incorporate natural elements like logs, trees, and flowers tend to be more active than those who play on traditional playgrounds with metal and brightly colored equipment. They also access their imaginations more and play more cooperatively and collaboratively.  

Thank you so much for your board service and generosity, Lilly.  You will be missed. Good luck to you and your family.  

Stay tuned for updates and photos of the tiles installed at a Wu Yee playground!

Keep Families Together

On June 19, 2018 a diverse group of San Franciscans attended a rally and protest at the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Headquarters, to express their horror and anger at the hard-line immigration policies that are separating children from their parents at the Southwest border and causing outrage and debate on Capitol Hill and around the world. Wu Yee Children's Services stands in solidarity with keeping families together. 

Photos from the protest at ICE Headquarters, San Francisco on June 19, 2018.

Family Fun in the Sun!

Around the world, Children’s Day is celebrated in June, and on Sunday, June 3, 2018, Wu Yee Children’s Services hosted an International Children’s Day Festival at the Bayview Opera House.

It was a warm, sunny day for the hundreds of people who attended the event.  Families with children joined community partners for family-friendly activities including a bicycle-powered smoothie station, a photo booth with fun props, interactive children’s music, a pop-up playground, hands-on crafts and games, face painting, and food and snacks.  Attendees accessed community resources from Open Door Legal, the San Francisco Library (Bayview branch), City of Dreams, Jubilee Legal, the Museum of Craft and Design, City College of San Francisco, CYC’s Seismic Safety Outreach Program, and the Boys & Girls club.  Festival-goers were treated to delicious food served by Moro Tacos Truck and Soul Bowlz.

To see photos from the photobooth, click here.

A very special thank you to all of our generous volunteers and 2018 Event Sponsors: Heffernan Insurance Brokers, North East Medical Services, Portsmouth Plaza Parking Cooperation, RONY Commercial Maintenance, LLC, Sutter Health CPMC and USI.  

Report Shows Shortage of Infant/Toddler Care in SF

 Left to right, September Jarrett, Executive Director of San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education, Bev Melugin, Chair of CPAC Quality Committee and Executive Director of C5 Children’s School, Supervisor Jane Kim, Supervisor Norman Yee, Wu Yee CEO Monica Walters and Graham Dobson, Senior Policy Analyst of San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education with children from C5 Children's School.  

Left to right, September Jarrett, Executive Director of San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education, Bev Melugin, Chair of CPAC Quality Committee and Executive Director of C5 Children’s School, Supervisor Jane Kim, Supervisor Norman Yee, Wu Yee CEO Monica Walters and Graham Dobson, Senior Policy Analyst of San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education with children from C5 Children's School.  

San Francisco Child Care Planning & Advisory Council (CPAC), released its 2017 Community Needs Assesment at a press release event at C5 Children's School today. Monica Walters, Wu Yee's CEO and CPAC chair highlighted the significant unmet needs for licenced centers and family child care homes that serve infants and toddlers, and critical workforce investments are required to attract and retain qualified early education educators.  

CPAC is a state-mandated body charged with identifying local priorities for quality, affordable and accessible early care and education services.  The report, issued every five years, provides an important planning tool for understanding the city's early care and education landscape.  

Supervisors Norman Yee and Jane Kim spoke of the need for this assessment, "We must leverage the data that we have, support our quality early education system, our early educators and our low to middle-income families so that they can stay and thrive in our City" said Supervisor Yee. 

Jennifer Delos Reyes, Program Director for Compass Children's Center said the report will bring awareness of child care and early childhood education in San Francisco.  She spoke of the changing face of the City and all the abundance in San Francisco, yet our teachers and providers are paid so little.  

Monica Walters echoed her sentiment by saying, "every day there are children who are not recieving the qualiy care and education they need, and every day is a missed opportunity for our city."

Read the press release here

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Report to be Released on the State of Early Child Care and Education in San Francisco

Organization’s report shows San Francisco is a model in providing preschool subsidies, but more progress is needed to meet families’ young child care needs, as well as workforce investments that are necessary to retain quality early educators               

WHAT:         

The San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC), a state-mandated organization that studies and advocates for a system of quality, affordable and accessible early care and education services in the city, will release its much anticipated community needs assessment on Thursday, May 31.

The report will highlight that although great progress has been made in recent years in offering subsidized high quality education to preschool-aged children, there are still significant unmet needs for licensed centers and family child care homes that serve infants and toddlers. In addition, critical workforce investments are required to retain quality early education teachers.

WHO:            

Beverly Melugin, Chair of Quality Committee, CPAC and Executive Director of C5           
Children’s School

Monica Walters, Chair of CPAC and CEO of Wu Yee Children’s Services

Supervisor Jane Kim

Supervisor Norman Yee

Jennifer Delos Reyes, Director of Compass Children’s Center

Parents and early educators

WHEN:         

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:      

C5 Children’s School, SFPUC Building, 525 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

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Chinatown Rally for YES on Prop C!

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Wu Yee Children's Services joined a crowd of parents, child care providers, early childhood educators and supporters at Portsmouth Plaza in Chinatown for YES on Prop C rally.  

Proposition C will establish a fund to:

  • Make early care and education affordable and available to all San Francisco families earning up to 200% of the area median income.

  • Clear the existing waitlist who have been stagnating on the City’s Early Care and Education (ECE) waitlist.

  • Increase wages for early care and education providers to better ensure a well trained, stable and quality workforce.

  • Invest in comprehensive ECE services that support the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children under the age of 6.
    (https://www.earlyeducationsf.com)

The fund will be maintained by gross receipts tax on commercial rents. The tax can generate between $100 and $150 million annually, enough to accomplish all 4 goals
(https://www.earlyeducationsf.com)

Monica Walters, Wu Yee's CEO, emphasized the importance of voting YES on Proposition C on June 5th.  She said, "There are 2,500 eligible children on the waitlist right now. We need more spaces for San Francisco’s kids. This is unacceptable."    

After the rally, supporters canvassed District 3 including Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill,  dropping off door hangers, signs, campaign literature, and encouraging voters to vote YES on Prop. C.

Click to learn about other YES on Prop. C events.

Supervisor Norman Yee and Dr. Emily Murase Discuss Leadership and Activism

On May 9, 2018, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Wu Yee Children's Services hosted a reception and panel discussion on leadership and how to make a lasting impact and improve lives in the community. Wu Yee's CEO, Monica Walters, moderated the discussion which featured San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner, Dr. Emily Murase, and District 7 Supervisor, Norman Yee.

When asked what motivates them to public service, Supervisor Yee answered, "Every time I see a situation that is not just, I look at the little things I can do.  I look at the question of why ECE teachers get so little pay, that is what keeps me motivated."  

Responding to the same question, Dr. Murase spoke about being part of the policial process, "...these people are going to make decisions and I want myself and my community to be part of that process."

After the discussion, board members, Wu Yee staff and teachers mingled with volunteers and guests over appetizers and drinks and deliberated over the state of San Francisco's early childhood education and political climate.  

Thank you to all who attended, and Dr. Murase and Supervisor Yee for being leaders in this important conversation.  

Wu Yee Walks Around the Block for Increased ECE Funding

On April 18, 2018, as part of the Week of the Young Child, children, teachers and advocates from Wu Yee’s Golden Gate and Cadillac Child Development Centers participated in the 8th annual “Walk Around the Block”.  The event drew hundreds of children, parents and early care and education (ECE) providers and advocates to San Francisco City Hall’s front steps to rally for pay equity for ECE teachers, and to implore local leaders to fully fund the true cost of quality care in ECE programs.

The rally drew support for Proposition C, a San Francisco ballot measure that will make high-quality ECE available and affordable for San Francisco families earning up to 200% of the area median income by clearing the City’s stagnating ECE waitlist. The proposed ballot measure will increase wages for ECE providers ensuring a well-trained, stable and quality workforce, and invest in comprehensive ECE services that support the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children under the age of 6.

Veronica Figueroa, Golden Gate Center Manager said, "Children who attend high-quality early education programs are more likely to do well in school, find good jobs and succeed in their careers than those who don’t. And they are less likely to drop out of high school. In order to have high-quality programs we need high-quality teachers and by providing a higher wage for early educators will help maintain qualified teachers in our preschool programs."

Other Wu Yee Child Development Centers participated in Walks Around the Block in their neighborhoods, increasing visibility for the need for increased ECE funding and Proposition C.

Thank you to First 5 San Francisco for providing bags containing books for kids and San Francisco Child Care Providers’ Association for organizing this event and rally.