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 hundreds of people 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.

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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P: 415.913.7463 | C: 415.508.3459 |  communications@wuyee.org

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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.    

Christine Sarigianis: Artist and Educator

 Christine Sarigianis with her painting,  In the Moment of Learning

Christine Sarigianis with her painting, In the Moment of Learning

Christine Sarigianis, Early Education Career Pathway Program Coordinator with JVS generously donated her three-panel painting titled In the Moment of Learning to Wu Yee Children's Services.  Inspired by her work with educators and toddlers in China, the painting proudly hangs in the lobby of our Administrative Offices.  Thank you, Christine for sharing your work!

Read Christine's artist's statement below:

Title: In the Moment of Learning
By: Christine Dryer Sarigianis
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Three Panels 62 in X 48 in

In my early adulthood, I studied and experimented with oil painting and figure drawing as a means to express and understand myself. Becoming an early childhood educator I was eager to share this passion with my students. Through teaching art to young children, I observed that moments of unscripted exploration were when children’s eyes lit up and the magic of development and learning revealed itself.

In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to conduct an experimental abstract art curriculum with a preschool classroom in Chengdu, China. Working with the teachers of the school we created a curriculum that guided and allowed the children to explore the materials of art freely. During this time the teachers and I saw that the children were using the open-ended materials of paint, brush, buckets, canvas, and even their own bodies, to express themselves in ways we could not have predicted. I created this painting in response to my experience with these children. Inspired by their use of materials to develop new forms of understanding, I followed their path.

The three children are completely engrossed by the pigment, water, and buckets that surround them. The classroom has become a radiant environment for their stream of conciseness. Paint and water pool at their feet as they dip and pore to create new hues with their stained hands. They have heard the guidance of their teachers and seen the art of Pollock and Rothko. Now they do the work of the young child; learn, grow, and thrive.

Race and Equity Community Dinner Series

 Jasmine Villanueva (right) and Jessica Goodman (left) provide childcare so parents can attend the Race and Equity Community Dinner Series.

Jasmine Villanueva (right) and Jessica Goodman (left) provide childcare so parents can attend the Race and Equity Community Dinner Series.

Wu Yee Children's Services has partnered with Bayview Underground and Andrea Baker Consulting, to provide childcare for a Race and Equity Community Dinner Series.   

On Thursday, March 29th, at the Bayview Opera House, moderator, Theo Ellington, led a conversation about People of Colors’ experience in the San Francisco Bay Area around finance and wealth planning. The all native San Franciscan panel included Saundra Davis, Executive Director and founder of Sage Financial Solutions; Jeannette Fisher-Kouadio, a generational wealth attorney specializing in estate planning, probate, and trusts; Deven Richardson, Director of Real Estate Development at San Francisco Housing Development Corporation; and Dasarte Yarnway, Co-Founder and CEO of Berknell Financial group.  

Various topics surrounding financial planning were discussed including how to use San Francisco’s free financial resources, how to save for the future when debt is greater than income, and how to take control of one’s finances, no matter what life stage or circumstances. 

A delicious and healthy meal was provided courtesy of Nigel Jones, Chef and Owner of Kaya Restaurant, in San Francisco and Kingston 11 in Oakland.

There will be two additional dinners with panel discussions led by a moderator in this series. Stay tuned for more information!

Pop-Up Playground!

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Wu Yee’s New Generation Child Development Center hosted volunteers from University of Southern California's (USC) Bay Area Asian Pacific Alumni Association for the USC Alumni Day of SCervice, an annual, international volunteer day.

Children, together with their families and volunteers, created a pop-up playground using empty cardboard boxes, beach balls, bubbles, hula hoops, tape, and paint. Activities included water play, sand play, dancing, games, and structure building.

Wu Yee Children's Services Board Member and USC Alumna, Catherine Ngo, said, "We're happy to continue our 4th annual collaboration with Wu Yee for SCervice Day. Our USC Alumni volunteers were excited to engage in play-based learning with the children of the New Generation center and to explore the pop-up playground developed from the children's creativity and imagination.”

Children and families from the center had a great time playing and building at their school, joined by staff and volunteers.   See you at next year’s Day of SCervice!

Celebrating Wu Yee's Founders and Welcoming New Friends

  Supervisor Norman Yee with founders Alice Lau (left) Catherine Ko (right), and Wu Yee CEO Monica Walters

Supervisor Norman Yee with founders Alice Lau (left) Catherine Ko (right), and Wu Yee CEO Monica Walters

On March 7, 2018, Wu Yee welcomed back founders and greeted new friends with an open house and reception celebrating the Lunar New Year of the Dog.  Held at Little Sprouts Chinatown Infant Center, Monica Walters, CEO, welcomed guests to the Little Sprouts Chinatown Infant Center and recognized the extraordinary women who brought the importance of early care and education to light for underserved families.  Two founders, Alice Lau and Catherine Ko, spoke of the early days of Wu Yee.  They recognized Wu Yee’s importance and necessity since it was more than just child care, it also provided resources for the parents.  Resources that are still needed today.

Guests toured the newly opened Nature Room and classrooms at Little Sprouts Chinatown Infant Center. Jenny Yu, Regional Manager, and Eric Chen, ERSEA manager, explained the significance of nature in children's social, emotional and physical development.  Jenny emphasized that many children who attend Little Sprouts don't have access to safe play facilities and studies have shown that children who play in spaces that incorporate natural elements like logs, trees, and flowers tend to be more active. Children also access their imaginations more and play more cooperatively and collaboratively.  The natural environment can also help calm children who have been exposed to trauma.

Monica introduced San Francisco Supervisor (District 7) and former Wu Yee Executive Director, Norman Yee.  He spoke of Wu Yee’s early years and the need for affordable child care in San Francisco. When educators are better compensated, they are better equipped to continue working in this field and support their own families.  This results in higher retention rates of high-quality, experienced educators serving our children in the classroom.

Current and former board members and guests perused photobooks of Wu Yee children, staff, and events, identifying themselves and reminiscing.  

Wu Yee celebrates the work of its founders, current and former board members, and welcomes new friends and supporters in the New Year of the Dog.  


 

“Every child deserves access and every parent deserves support”

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Wu Yee's CEO, Monica Walters, joined San Francisco Supervisors Norman YeeSandra Lee FewerJane Kim & Assembly members David Chiu and Phil Ting at San Francisco Child Care Providers' Association Early Care & Education Issues Breakfast, speaking on the importance of increasing ECE funding. 

Click here to read a SF Examiner article about establishing Universal Childcare in San Francisco.  From the article,

 "Parents and educators who gathered in support of the early care and education measure said that the funding would make a difference the lives of many. Recounting her family’s struggle to obtain quality child care brought June Lynn Kealoha- Hall, a mother of two and advocate for Parent Voices, to tears. Faced with tuition as high as $1,300 per month, she could barely make payments for both of her children. “I believe that regardless of one’s socioeconomic background, you still have a right to quality care,” she said. “Every child deserves access and every parent deserves support.”

人日快乐 Happy Human Day!

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Dear Wu Yee Community,

In Chinese culture, it is the Year of the Earth Dog, a year that reminds us of our values which are rooted in diversity, community, and solidarity with those who are marginalized. This is a year for prudent action, to continue providing all children in San Francisco with a safe and healthy environment to grow and learn. As we forge ahead to build a more inclusive future for the next generation, we celebrate our accomplishments, growing from one child care center with 35 children in Chinatown to now serving 570 children in our 12 child development centers and Head Start/Early Head Start program, over 700 family child care providers, and providing nearly 9000 child care referrals to families citywide.

Lunar New Year is celebrated over 15 days, this year starting with New Year’s Eve celebrations on February 15, with each day dedicated to practicing various customs like visiting different family members and honoring our ancestors. According to ancient Chinese mythology, each of the first 6 days of the new year represents the creation of a different animal. On the 7th day, called yan yat (人日) or “human day,” humans were created. Traditionally, it is a day to gather and celebrate friends, family, and community. This year on yan yat, we would like to honor those who unify our community, committed to protecting our diverse children and families.

In Asian cultures around the world, red envelopes with monies are distributed to express well wishes for luck and prosperity. Please accept our red envelope to you to express our gratitude for your commitment to children and families in San Francisco. In the spirit of yan yat and the new year, we invite you to make a gift, in any amount, to wish our children, teachers, and families well for the year ahead.

Sincerely,

Virginia Cheung
Director of Development and Communications