Black History Month and Lunar New Year Celebration

On Saturday, February 9th, the Bayview YMCA together with Community Youth Center of San Francisco and Chinatown Community Development Center presented the Ninth Annual Joint Black History Month and Lunar New Year Celebration. Children, adults, and families enjoyed performances by Lion Dance Me, the Voice of Life Choir from Olivet Baptist Church, Chinese Folk Dance by Vis Valley Performance Group, and a traditional libation ceremony by Toni Battle, and others. San Francisco District 10 Supervisor, Shamann Walton, and San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, Carmen Chu both spoke at the event praising San Francisco’s African American and Asian communities for celebrating each other’s cultures in a peaceful and inclusive way. The event concluded in a toy and grocery bag give away and a raffle with prizes sponsored by SFMTA.

Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Pig!

February 5th marks the start of the Year of the Earth Pig, the last sign of the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. We send happy wishes for a successful new year to all of our children, families, educators, and supporters.

Join Wu Yee at these free Lunar New Year Celebrations:

9th Annual Bayview Black History Month & Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Bayview YMCA
1601 Lane Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

Chinese Community Street Fair

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day

Grant Avenue from California to Broadway, and Sacramento, Washington, Jackson & Pacific
between Stockton & Kearny.

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Here are some Chinese traditions surrounding Lunar New Year:

Excerpted from

Much like the celebration of the New Year in the Western world, Chinese New Year is all about the hopeful spirit of renewal. The holiday’s traditions, symbols and rituals are all meant to wipe the slate clean and prepare for prosperity, good luck and happiness in the new year. Simply put, every Chinese New Year is a new beginning. Today, Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks and family dinners by more than a billion people around the world. Each step of the way is an opportunity to create family memories, teach elements of Chinese culture and have fun. Chinese New Year is the most highly anticipated Chinese holiday of the year for good reason — it’s a time of high spirits, bustling energy and many happy reunions.


A Chinese red envelope (known as lai see in Cantonese and hong bao in Mandarin) is simply an ornate red pocket of paper the size of an index card. They’re commonly decorated with beautiful Chinese calligraphy and symbols conveying good luck and prosperity on the recipient. Though they’re unquestionably a symbol associated with Chinese New Year, red envelopes are also given for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.

When exchanging red envelopes, it is the relationship that counts most. Red envelopes are a way to bring your nearest and dearest closer to you during the most important time of the year.


Welcome the new year (and wake your neighbors) by lighting firecrackers at midnight and opening all of your windows and doors. You’ll send off the old year, scare off evil spirits and welcome good luck into your home. At the stroke of midnight, the new year’s zodiac animal enters, takes its throne and bestows and renewed sense of hope.

New Year’s Day is generally a quiet affair. People emerge quietly from their homes, dressed in new clothes and acting on their best behavior. No one works, cooks or cleans and foul language, negativity and unlucky words are avoided at all costs. Give red envelopes, eat leftovers, greet neighbors with messages of good luck and remember that New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year.

Call to Action!


The San Francisco Child Care Planning & Advisory Council (CPAC) and ECE community implore you to write your SF District Supervisor and Mayor to advocate for $30 million needed in funding for ECE in San Francisco. Your voice is critical to ensuring that District Supervisors and Mayor London Breed hear from ECE community.

Please don’t delayact today!

What can you do?

  • Write an email to your District Supervisor (where you live or work in SF) and Mayor London Breed (sample letters found below, feel free to add your personal flare).

  • Bring your letter to City Hall and meet with Supervisors!

  • Be present at an upcoming meeting (get creative, one voice can be present to speak for many).


  • Act now via email!

  • Speak out at the Budget & Finance Committee meeting, 10 am Wednesday, Feb. 6, at City Hall. 

Who can be involved? 

  • Educators

  • ECE Leaders 

  • Parents

  • ECE Stakeholders

  • SF residents and workforce members.. ECE is important to everyone!

    Find your Supervisorial District:

    District Supervisor Emails:

    Sample Letter to send to your District Supervisor

    Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

    City Hall, Room 244

    San Francisco, Ca.  94102



    Dear Supervisor

    San Francisco’s children can’t wait. Last June Proposition C for ECE passed bringing much needed resources to continue building a stable early care & education system — but will be on pause until the legal suit is settled. A stable workforce keeps classrooms open, and maximizes current resources to deliver the best and most care. Without teachers, classrooms can stand empty and reduce existing capacity, and teachers who have mastered skills and education move on. What an opportunity to take advantage of the ERAF windfall and infuse $30M to support educators now — before we loose them.

    Thank you and I look forward to your response.





    Zip code:

    Contact information:

    Sample Letter to send to Mayor London Breed
    You can send this to:

    Mayor London Breed

    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    City Hall, Room 200

    San Francisco, Ca.  94102




    Dear Mayor London Breed,

    San Francisco’s children can’t wait. Last June Proposition C for ECE passed bringing much needed resources to continue building a stable early care & education system —but will be on pause until the legal suit is settled. A stable workforce keeps classrooms open, and maximizes current resources to deliver the best and most care. Without teachers, classrooms can stand empty and reduce existing capacity, and teachers who have mastered skills and education move on. What an opportunity to take advantage of the ERAF windfall and infuse $30M to support educators now — before we loose them. 

    Thank you and I look forward to your response.






    Zip code:

    Contact information:

Issues in Early Care & Education


On Friday, January 25, 2019, Early Care Educators of San Francisco (ECESF), formerly the San Francisco Child Care Providers’ Association (SFCCPA) held a luncheon, lecture, and panel discussion on the most important issues facing the Early Care and Education (ECE) community today.

Lea Austin, Co-director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) presented The Early Childhood Workforce Index – 2018, California report. It describes early childhood employment conditions and policies in every state and tracks progress since 2016 when the inaugural edition of the Index was published. Highlights of the report provided insight into the state’s progress including:

  • A 3% median wage increase since 2015 for Child Care Workers and Preschool Teachers.

  • 25% of all California children are part of low-income families.

  • 58% of Child Care Worker families’ participate in one or more public income support programs.

An issue that is important to both CSCCE’s report and the panel speakers is the need for ECE teachers to gain salary parity with Elementary school teachers. “We need to address the real-life needs of the people doing the work”, said Austin.  She stressed in academic reports and surveys on education, early childhood education is rarely considered or included in the paper. “How can we bring a skilled and stable workforce to the most developing minds, if ECE is so often overlooked”?  

Panel speakers included San Francisco Board of Supervisors President, Norman Yee, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, Supervisor Shamann Walton, and Jenny Lam, Education Adviser to Mayor's Office and School Board Commissioner. Speakers responded to questions from ECE workers and administrators.  President Yee concluded the event by saying, “We need to make ECE a priority and pay our teachers and workers a living wage that shows we value their skills, education, and investment in our kids’ future.”  

Families and Housing Insecurity


The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), San Francisco Planning, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) would like to hear your input on City strategic plans for: housing needs, social service needs, barriers to fair housing, and improving housing affordability.

You have the opportunity to be enrolled in two different raffles for completing the full survey!

Please note that the survey will be available in other languages (Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese, Russian and Samoan) in late January.  Thank you for your patience.

Your input will inform the Planning Department’s Community Stabilization Strategy and Housing Affordability Strategy; MOHCD’s Consolidated Plan, HIV Housing Plan, and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (; and OEWD’s ongoing work efforts.

Please join one of the following community forums:
Please note that if you've missed the forum for your neighborhood, you're certainly welcome to attend any of the others!

Western Addition/District 5
Date: January 31, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fillmore Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore

South of Market/District 6
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bayanihan Center, 1010 Mission
Languages Available: Spanish, Cantonese, Filipino

Mission/District 9
Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 1661 15th Street
Languages Available: Spanish, Cantonese

Chinatown/Districts 2 & 3
Date: February 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard
Language Available: Cantonese

Bayview Hunters Point/District 10
Date: February 20, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, 1753 Carroll
Languages Available: Spanish, Cantonese

Visitacion Valley/District 10
Date: February 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Visitacion Valley Elementary School, 55 Schwerin
Languages Available: Spanish, Cantonese, Filipino, Samoan

Food and children activities will be provided. All locations are ADA accessible. For additional accessibility needs or language assistance, please call (415) 701-5598.

MLK: Empowering our Communities

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Dear Wu Yee Community,
Every child deserves a healthy start, a loving family and a supportive community. These values of freedom, equality, and love are paralleled by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reminded of the marches and political unrest that led to laws and policy changes in favor of civil rights and a more equitable America for minorities and people of color. Dr. King didn’t let adversity and sacrifice get in the way of his dream that helped improve the quality of life for countless people. His message and determination paved the way for waves of the women’s, disability, and immigrants’ rights movements, among many others. Due to the gains achieved by Dr. King and the civil rights movement, oppressed people continued organizing and leading civil actions for equality in the workplace, education, and society. This public dissent and cascade of support allowed many people to pursue their self-sufficiency and equality to become better people, educators, and parents.
One of Wu Yee Children’s Services’ founders, Miranda Li, emphasized our beginnings: "Wu Yee started off very much as a childcare center and also as an advocacy group, for women and children's rights." Today, Ms. Li’s sentiment is echoed in Wu Yee’s continued advocacy for immigrants, working families, early childhood educators, and children’s rights.
Today, we recognize and build upon the valuable and significant work of raising the next generation of leaders and advocates the founders of Wu Yee started. We ask ourselves, how are we furthering Dr. King’s message of inclusivity, equality, and freedom in our daily work?  We can address the growing rate of disparity and inequality by teaching our kids and families Dr. King’s message of perseverance and peaceful resistance. Through this, we raise up San Francisco’s most vulnerable children and families and empower our entire community.
Thank you to our founders, Catherine Ko, Ruth Yee, Miranda Li, Yan Wong, Siu Yip Wong, Alice Lau, Stella Chan, Karen Chin, and Sai-Ling Chan-Sew and countless others for paving the way for our children.
Also, thank you for joining us in the effort to elevate the status of all the dedicated women, caregivers and teachers in our society contributing to the quality early education and development of our precious children. We invite you to stand with us as we seek social and economic justice to achieve our mutual vision for a world of healthy children, strong families, and thriving communities.
I'm ready for the change that we can bring when early care and education is regarded as integral to the fabric of our society. Are you?  


Monica Walters
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. See what some of our founders, parents, and community members have to say about Wu Yee on our
outgoing digital installation, Our Children, Rising Project. Then, share your story with us by using
the hashtag #OurChildrenRising, on social media.

Wu Yee Staff Celebration

This month, Wu Yee Children’s Services celebrated the new year at Patio Español restaurant. Staff and their guests were treated to a buffet dinner, a photobooth with props, and raffle prizes. Entertainment included roaming magician, Brian Cassady, who dazzled guests with card tricks and slight of hand, and dancing to the sounds of DJ Mauricio Aviles.

Wu Yee’s administrative offices and Chinatown Infant Center are housed in the former location of Patio Español restaurant.

Thank you to all the staff at Wu Yee Children’s Services for all your hard work in 2018!

Thank you, Kaiser Permanente!

Doctors, nurses, and medical assistants from Kaiser’s Geary Pediatrics department made stuffed animals, complete with custom designed t-shirts, as community building project, and then treated Wu Yee kids with a delivery of their hand-made creations. Dr. Irene Wong, a Kaiser pediatrician and Wu Yee’s Board Vice President, and other members of the Geary center team delivered the stuffed animals to the Westside Child Development center, just around the corner from Kaiser’s Geary campus. The kids loved their one of a kind new toys!

The Westside Center serves 30 preschoolers and recently moved back into its space after two months in a temporary space while the center was renovated.

Thank you, Kaiser Permanente!

Joy Lok FRC's 2018 Holiday Celebration

The Joy Lok Family Resource Center (FRC) had their biggest family holiday celebration ever last weekend at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School. 300 guests watched a circus act by Barrel Full of Monkeys featuring juggling, unicycle, comedy, and umbrella tricks. A surprise pianist helped ring in the holiday season while families sang “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Children enjoyed train rides and made Christmas trees out of construction paper while younger infants & toddlers had a safe environment for floor play and downtime. Each family took home a keepsake photo with smiling Santa and snowmen and enjoyed lunch- a Chinese “pig in a blanket” style bun with a banana and a cookie. The buns were from a San Francisco Chinatown vendor; Wu Yee supports local businesses whenever possible. The event was a success, everyone left smiling!

In addition to the Joy Lok FRC families, Wu Yee staff and volunteers including many Board members and their friends and families tuned out for for the holiday celebration  Gifts for the children were generously donated by AT&T's InspirASIAN group.  

A huge thank you to the Wu Yee staff, volunteers and Board members, and especially to AT&T’s InspirASIAN group, for making the 2018 holiday season memorable for all who attended the Joy Lok FRC’s family holiday celebration!

Cuisine & Community

Last Friday, at Enter the Cafe, Wu Yee’s Young Professional Network premiered its first event. It was an evening discussion exploring family, food and cultural identity. We were honored to have the following panelists share their stories of childhood influences on their culinary careers, and how diverse communities have shaped their cuisine:

Luis Villavelazquez, Former Executive Pastry Chef of ChinaLive

Luis Villavelazquez has been named one of the Bay Area’s most talented pastry chefs by San Francisco magazine and noted as one of San Francisco’s five top pastry chefs by 7x7 magazine. Luis’ love affair with the restaurant industry began at a young age. He grew up around his mother’s workplace, Sally’s restaurant, located in Potrero Hill, where fresh baked pastries were served daily. With experience in both savory and sweet sides of the kitchen, Luis brought inventive flavor combinations and beautiful presentations to the decadent dessert offerings at ChinaLive.

Kasem Saengsawang, Chef/Co-Owner of Farmhouse Kitchen

Chef Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang opened Farmhouse Kitchen with his wife and business partner, Iing Chatterjee, in 2015. Challenged to create a fun, contemporary food experience merged with the traditions of his childhood, he presents a daring interpretation of Northern Thai food at Farmhouse Kitchen, with locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland. His passion for food can be attributed to his childhood experiences of taking daily trips to the local market with his grandmother in Loei, Thailand.

Nigel Jones, Chef/Co-owner of Kaya Jamaican Food + Rum Bar

Nigel Jones is a chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur committed to sharing the rich foods of his native Jamaica and the African diaspora, while creating sustainable opportunities for people of color. In partnership with Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group, Nigel is the co-owner/executive chef of Kaya, his first restaurant in San Francisco proper. He is also the chef/co-owner and general manager behind Oakland’s beloved Kingston 11, a Jamaican restaurant opened in 2013.

Thank you Chefs Luis, Kasem and Nigel for your insights on the many connections between food, family and community. Also, thank you to Enter the Cafe for hosting the event in your amazing space!


Wu Yee’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a growing team of volunteers that seeks to engage the broader community in Wu Yee’s mission. The YPN engages in a variety of outreach and events, from advocacy for early childhood education to fundraisers and hands-on volunteer activities. Any professionals committed to contributing their time and talents to support Wu Yee are welcome to join us. Please fill out this Volunteer Questionnaire and we will be in touch with future opportunities.

Speak up for SF’s kids, families and educators!

Wu Yee teacher, Dolores Leon with Wu Yee children at on the steps of SF City Hall during 2018 Walk Around the Block ECE rally.

Wu Yee teacher, Dolores Leon with Wu Yee children at on the steps of SF City Hall during 2018 Walk Around the Block ECE rally.

The city of San Francisco has recently received a $415 million windfall and is currently deciding how it is to be spent. San Francisco had over $415M of Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund returned, $181M of which will go to General Funds — with little restriction on how it's spent.

We need this funding to go towards making high-quality early care and education available for all San Francisco families and to guarantee all San Francisco teachers and caregivers receive wages that will ensure a well-trained, stable and quality workforce.

While June's Prop C for Early Care & Education (ECE)  funds are held up in a lawsuit, this funding could be used to start promised program implementation — make sure funding starts flowing to ECE now. Decisions for the use of windfall funds are underway. Send messages (email and letter!) to your SF supervisor today and tomorrow, December 3rd and 4th. Our kids, families, and educators can’t wait! See sample messages below.

Thank you for taking action to support SF kids, families, and educators!

Please write a letter or email and send as many messages as you can to SF Supervisors by tomorrow, Tuesday, December 4th.

Who’s your supervisor?
Find your Supervisorial District
Find your Supervisor's name & contact info

Write your own message or use samples below.

Key points:
- Prioritize Child Care & Education in SF windfall spending.

- No less than $30M to bridge our wait for June’s Prop C Child Care & Education funding.

- San Francisco’s ECE providers have identified educator compensation as their top barrier to
increasing services.

Email/letter sample:

Download the Word Docs linked below for ready to print letters or cut & paste email messages here.

Dear Supervisor [your supervisor's name],

Download Letter 1:
There are not enough early childhood educations programs in San Francisco. Too many parents must choose between leaving the workforce because of early education costs or leaving San Francisco. Expanding child care services must be a priority for the San Francisco windfall funds, and educator compensation has been identified by child care service providers as their top barrier to increasing services.

San Francisco voters passed the June ballot measure to increase child care services — don’t keep us waiting. Support a bridge fund for child care services now.



Download Letter 2:
It’s great to hear about San Francisco’s windfall because Early Care & Education can’t wait! We have a waiting list of families wanting our services, but can’t expand because we can’t find enough educators. I urge you to help us attract and keep teachers now by securing no less than $30M of windfall funds to increase teacher compensation. Bridge the gap while we wait for Prop C ECE funds.

I am a child care educator in San Francisco and provide services to [ ] children and [ ] families.

Thanks for recognizing early care & education as a priority!



Operation Warm

Operation Warm, whose mission is to provide brand-new coats to children in need, partnered with volunteers at Lazard to distribute 60 coats to preschoolers and toddlers from Wu Yee’s Generations, Little Sprouts, and Lok Yuen Child Development Centers. An additional 140 coats will be distributed to children at other Wu Yee Child Development and to our Home-Based program participants.

A very special thanks for keeping us warm to Operation Warm and to the volunteers from Lazard!

Speak Up for Immigrant Families!

Playtime at Lok Yuen Child Development Center

Playtime at Lok Yuen Child Development Center

In September 2018, the current administration proposed making it harder for immigrants to come to the United States or remain in the U.S. if they have received or are likely to receive public benefits such as food aid, public housing or Medicaid.

The suggested rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would expand immigration officers' ability to deny visas or legal permanent residency status to immigrants if they have received legally entitled, taxpayer-funded benefits. These include, but are not limited to, Medicaid, the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy, Section 8 housing vouchers, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

By penalizing families and individuals for their use of legally entitled essential services, the proposal threatens the healthy development of millions of children. The proposal stokes fear in the immigrant community and dissuades them from utilizing vital services. In a time when approximately one in four children in the United States lives with at least one immigrant parent, this proposal inevitably threatens our future. Wu Yee’s Joy Lok Family Resource Center has observed a decline in families applying for public benefits due to this fear, even before the proposed DHS rule change was announced.

According to the DHS, the proposed rule change would affect more than the 382,000 people per year who obtain permanent residence while already in the United States.  The U.S. State Department would likely change its own regulations to match those of the DHS when the proposal becomes final. This would affect hundreds of thousands of people living abroad who obtain U.S. permanent residence each year through the State Department.  Families who are concerned should first consult with an immigration lawyer (here are some resources) before stopping services.

Currently, the proposed rule is still in draft form and policy decisions regarding immigrants using legally entitled public benefits within the U.S. have not changed.  Now is the time to use your voice to be an advocate for immigrant rights! The DHS has allowed a 60-day period for public comment, ending on December 10, 2018. The DHS will read and consider every comment made in the 60-day period.  Speak up now on behalf of immigrants and submit your comments to

#GivingTuesday - Adopt a Classroom


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back to their communities.

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street YMCA – a community and cultural center in New York City − #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Since then, over $300 million has been raised online to benefit a broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

This year, Wu Yee Children’s Services is proud to announce our new campaign for 2018's #GivingTuesday on 11/27: Adopt a Classroom.

The details:

Wu Yee provides safe, quality early learning environments for the children who need it most. Help us design and build new classrooms to encourage lifelong learning at Westside Child Development Center. Westside CDC is located within the full city-block sized Westside Courts housing complex, which is undergoing necessary repairs and renovations.  Many families we serve experience housing instability and Wu Yee provides a safe refuge where children can explore, learn and grow. Now is a perfect opportunity to update Westside's classrooms with all new furniture, including a science/discovery area, a writing/language area, a music/listening area, and a dramatic play area. We are improving on and adding to specific zones and areas that facilitate different types of play and learning. Adopt a Classroom and help us to raise $15,000 for new furniture to help all kids grow, explore, and learn! 

Examples of how your contributions can improve a preschooler’s learning:

Heavy-Duty Toddler Dress-Up Center: $329.00

Built to withstand years of use, the laminate unit features safe, rounded edges and corners, plus a shatterproof acrylic mirror. It holds tons of outfits—with plenty of toddler-safe costume hooks, plus 3 cubbies on top for accessories like hats. 

Play & Explore Color-Changing Light Center: $279.00

This wooden center features a heavy-duty acrylic panel with a beveled edge—plus a big, LED-illuminated surface that displays 4 vibrant colors…and stays cool to the touch even after extended use.  This super-sturdy light center creates a safe and inviting space where little ones can build with blocks, explore color and light.

Help Yourself Bookstand: $189.00
This sturdy wooden bookstand puts kids’ favorite books right at their fingertips! It features 5 rows of overlapping shelves that store books neatly and accessibly—encouraging young readers to help themselves.  

Wu Yee at SF's Preschool Fair

San Francisco’s Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) hosted a free event for parents and care-givers of young children to explore the diverse array of preschool and financial aid options offered by Family Child Care (FCC) homes and centers throughout San Francisco. Wu Yee Children’s Services represented its FCC homes, Child Development Centers, Family Resource Center, and Resource and Referral (R&R) Network. All centers and FCC homes at the OECE Preschool Fair accept San Francisco’s Early Learning Scholarship. To determine eligibility for the Early Leaning Scholarship and to learn more, click here.

Elementary school Principals visit Wu Yee

(left to right) John Yehall Chin Elementary School Principal Allen A. Lee, Generations Center Manager, Cindy Hwang, Regional Manager Jenny Yu, in the Generations yard which overlooks John Yehall Chin Elementary School

(left to right) John Yehall Chin Elementary School Principal Allen A. Lee, Generations Center Manager, Cindy Hwang, Regional Manager Jenny Yu, in the Generations yard which overlooks John Yehall Chin Elementary School

October is National Head Start Awareness Month and National Principals Month, a fitting time for elementary school principals from all over San Francisco to visit Wu Yee’s Head Start Child Development Centers.  Principals from Gordon J. Lau, John Yehall Chin, Malcolm X, and Monroe Elementary Schools visited Wu Yee’s Generations, Lok Yuen, Kirkwood, Bayview, and Southeast Child Development Centers.

According to the National Head Start Association, more than 400,000 children nationally enter kindergarten from Head Start programs each year. The Head Start program has supported and tracked each child’s social, emotional, and academic progress and health. Compared to peers, Head Start “graduates” are more likely to finish high school, go to college, be employed, and enjoy good health. Relationships between elementary school principals and Head Start directors, administrators, and teachers set the stage for children’s long-term success. These visits by neighborhood elementary school principals help bridge the transition between preschool and kindergarten.   

John Yehall Chin Elementary School Principal Allen A. Lee visited Generations Child Development Center. One of the challenges Principal Lee sees is parents think of early childhood educators as babysitters and not part of kindergarten readiness. He believes that education starts at the beginning and parents need to be more involved and take responsibility for their child's education even in preschool. He spoke about how some children have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and come to San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for meetings and services, but some parents don't truly understand the reason and meaning behind the IEP. He said, “it's not about giving the parents or grandparents more work or a headache. We have to educate the parents what the goals for the children are and the importance of those goals.”

Wu Yee's 2018 Wine & Dine Benefit

Wu Yee Children’s Services’ Board of Directors

Wu Yee Children’s Services’ Board of Directors

Thank you to all who helped make Wu Yee’s 2018 Wine & Dine Benefit a great success! As a result of our attendee’s generosity, and that of the Host Committee and Sponsors, we raised over $100,000 for San Francisco’s families, children, and educators. Guests were treated to modern Jamaican cuisine from Kaya Jamaican food +Rum Bar and VIP wine tasting at Bluxome Street Winery.

A huge thank you to donors who sponsored teachers to attend the event, guests who participated in the card tear drawing, played the wine ring toss game, bid on live auction lots, and especially those who contributed to our Fund a Need: The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Career Pathways Program.

Very special thanks to our Protector Sponsors: RONY Commercial Maintenance, LLC and Sutter Health, CPMC. Good Neighbor Sponsors: Heffernan Insurance Brokers, North East Medical Services, Universal Paragon Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, Martin Building Company, Boston Private Community Investment, Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation, USI Insurance Brokers, and Thompson Builders.

Thank you to our In-Kind donors: Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema, BATS Improv, Beach Blanket Babylon, Bi-Rite Market, California Academy Of Sciences, ChinaLive, David Lei,Disneyland, Farmhouse Thai Kitchen, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/de Young Museum, Gott's Roadside, Pacific Whale Foundation, Pier 39, SF MOMA, Carolyn Sha, Urban Putt, Monica Walters, Wine Kitchen, Xian Yun Academy for the Arts/Kathy Munderloh, Cost Less Inventory Services, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, Justice Grace Vineyards, Silver Oak | Twomey, Springboard Wine Company, Wine Kitchen, and Wu Yee’s Board of Directors.

Last but not least, much gratitude to our dedicated volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you!

On behalf of San Francisco’s children, families and educators, we truly appreciate your contribution. if you weren't able to attend, you can still contribute to support the ECE Career Pathways Program.

Please feel free to share photos on our Facebook page.

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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

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!