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.