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