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Wu Yee Children's Services Announces New Board of Directors and New Slate of Officers for FY16-17

David Ziegler, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Boston Private Bank & Trust, was elected to serve as President of the Board last month, succeeding Debbie Chang, Product Manager at IXL Learning, who served as President from 2013-2016. 

In addition, Irene Wong, Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente, was elected to serve as Vice President; Hanna Chung, Appellate Lawyer for CA Department of Justice, was elected Secretary; and Raymond Wu, CEO and Co-Founder at Wynd Technologies, was elected Treasurer.

Joining the Board of Directors are Sharon Donovan, Faculty in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies at City College of San Francisco Sizhe Liu, Manager at KPMG LLP, Catherine Ngo, Associate at Nossaman LLP, and Sonya Thomas, Senior Brand Manager at J.M. Smuckers Company.

 

“Wu Yee’s new Board embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them as our Board of Directors as Wu Yee begins to implement its new three-year strategic plan. “, Monica Walters, CEO.

 

Wu Yee Children’s Services is a city-scale agency serving diverse families throughout San Francisco, and delivers a comprehensive range of Child Development, Family, and Provider Services — including Early Head Start, Head Start, and State Preschool programs, the Joy Lok Family Resource CenterSingle Stop benefits assistance, child care Resource and Referralschild care subsidies, child care provider training, a food program for child care providers, and the Family Child Care Quality Network (FCCQN).

The slate of Board members for FY16-17 is listed below:
David Ziegler, President
Irene Wong, Vice President
Hanna Chung, Secretary
Raymond Wu, Treasurer
Debbie Chang, Immediate Past President

Sharon Donovan
Sizhe Liu
Denise McCarthy
Anwar Mojammel
Catherine Ngo
Sonya Thomas

Monica Walters, CEO

Why early childhood educators matter

The First Annual FCCQN Conference was held May 30, 2015, and included workshops, presentations, entertainment and give-aways for San Francisco family child care providers.

The First Annual FCCQN Conference was held May 30, 2015, and included workshops, presentations, entertainment and give-aways for San Francisco family child care providers.

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, family child care (FCC) providers from across the city, met at San Francisco's Children’s Creativity Museum for the first Annual Family Child Care Quality Network  (FCCQN) Conference. The FCCQN is managed by Wu Yee Children's Services and Children's Council.

The daylong event included bilingual workshops on topics like Early Brain Development, Supporting Children with Special Needs and Raising a Reader. 

The Keynote Presentation was provided by Dr. Li Wei Sun, president of the Bay Area Early Childhood Educators Association. Sun received her Masters in Early Childhood Education at New York University and Doctoral degree in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She has been a master teacher in several early childhood education programs and is currently a full-time faculty member of the Child Development and Education Department and the Campus Coordinator of Child Development Training Consortium at De Anza College.

Sun is a strong advocate of professional training for early childhood educators and administrators, and has worked collaboratively with many different community organizations in parenting and child development activities.

She stressed the importance of creating opportunities for early childhood educators to receive the support they need professionally.

For someone interested in becoming a teacher or child care provider, Sun emphasized that not only do you have to enjoy interacting with young children, but it’s critical to have a solid understanding of child development. “You have to realize that early childhood education is a profession,” she said. “You have to understand human development and really understand the development of the children you serve, so that you can provide the best service possible.”

“Education responds to social changes,” Sun said. “Society changes every day. What you know now may not be true 10 years later. Professional training is so important to keep up to date with the most recent information — especially in child development and teaching.”

High-quality early childhood education has been proven to have a positive effect on a child’s life and later success. But when the average tuition for child care in the Bay Are for one child is around $1200 a month, and more than 6 million Californians are in families living below the poverty line — that’s a problem.

What happens to children whose families are low-income and cannot afford child care? “That’s not fair,” she said. “That’s why organizations [like the FCCQN] are so important. They support government policies and help economically disadvantaged families to be able to send their children to high-quality child care. They can break the cycle and give their children an equal start. That’s the American dream.”

Sun believes that organizations like the FCCQN are vital to the success of they community. The FCCQN not only supports San Francico's FCC providers in their professional growth, but also helps remind them, “That they’re doing an important job.” And Sun thinks that FCC providers need to hear it more often.

Learn more about how Wu Yee supports FCC providers and enables them to operate successful, high-quality child care businesses.

Week of the Young Child 2015

The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that we all have a responsibility to enhance opportunities for children. This year's WOYC will be celebrated from April 12-18, but there will be workshops, playdates and events for San Francisco families throughout the entire month of April!

Join Wu Yee, Children's Council, San Francisco Public Library, Homeless Prenatal Program, San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council, and more - as we celebrate and advocate for quality early childhood education.

Join us:

  • April 12: Week of the Young Child Kickoff at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, 10am - 2 pm
  • April 17: Walk Around the Block, City Hall, 10 am - 11 am 

Check out the events that Wu Yee will be participating in, or just download the entire calendar!

 

 

USC Alumni Day of Service at Kirkwood

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Saturday, March 14 was the 2015 USC Day of SCervice, and members of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association joined Wu Yee staff, families, and students for a day of beautification at our Kirkwood Child Development Center in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. 

No matter how big or small, everyone worked together to pull weeds, plant flowers, rake trails, and make Kirkwood cleaner and greener.

The improvements to our gardens means that our children will now have a beautiful outdoor space to plant vegetables, care for flowers, and develop skills in exploration, observation, experimentation and conservation.

Thank you to everyone who helped out!