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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.
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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
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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.

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The Great ShakeOut!

A teacher demonstrates how to protect one's self in an earthquake to the children at Wu Yee Children's Services Lok Yuen Child Development Center

A teacher demonstrates how to protect one's self in an earthquake to the children at Wu Yee Children's Services Lok Yuen Child Development Center

On October 19, 2017 at exactly 10:19 am, over 18 million people participated in The Great ShakeOut, a global earthquake preparedness event.  The Great ShakeOut is an opportunity to learn and practice what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

All Wu Yee Children's Services offices and Child Development Centers participated in the earthquake drill, which emphasized what Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and official preparedness organizations all agree on: “Drop, Cover, and Hold On".  

  • Drop where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

  • Cover your head and neck with one arm and hand, and stay on your knees bending over to protect vital organs.  

  • Hold on to shelter with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.  If not under shelter, hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

So King Szeto, Family Advocate at Lok Yuen Child Development Center said all Wu Yee Child Development Centers participate in monthly earthquake and fire drills, so most children are familiar with the procedure.  "Some of them understand the seriousness, but the little ones may need a teacher to help them out", she said.

Substitute teacher, Annie Li helps children drop, cover, and hold on

Substitute teacher, Annie Li helps children drop, cover, and hold on

The Earthquake Country Alliance, a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency; recommends seven steps to earthquake safety.  In the third step, they recommend everyone to have disaster supplies kits stored in accessible locations at home, at work and in your vehicle. Having emergency supplies readily available can reduce the impact of an earthquake, a terrorist incident or other emergency on you and your family. Your disaster supplies kits should include:

  • Medications, prescription list, copies of medical cards, doctor’s name and contact information

  • Medical consent forms for dependents

  • First aid kit and handbook

  • Examination gloves (non-latex)

  • Dust mask

  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution

  • Bottled water

  • Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location)

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Emergency cash

  • Road maps

  • List of emergency out-of-area contact phone numbers

  • Snack foods, high in water and calories

  • Working flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs, or light sticks

  • Personal hygiene supplies

  • Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, teddy bears

  • Toiletries and special provisions you need for yourself and others in your family including elderly, disabled, small children, and animals.

  • Copies of personal identification (drivers license, work ID card, etc.)

Wu Yee Alum Reflects After 15 Years

As a toddler, Brian Liu was, "a good kid, and always listened to his teachers", said former teacher, Sara Yang. "He was no trouble at all."  Learning skills such as being attentive, considerate, and a dedicated learner early on in life, may have contributed to his success at Lowell High School and as a martial arts instructor at Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club.  

Brian graduated this year from Lowell, and plans to to attend City College of San Francisco in preparation for a four year University.  He is undecided on a major, but is leaning towards Computer Science.  

During the past two summers, Brian worked with kids at Salesian Boys and Girls’ Club in North Beach ages first through fourth grades, teaching the martial art, taekwondo.  "I try not to be too strict and have fun," he said.  However, Brian is serious about martial arts, having taken classes for nine years, since he was in third grade.

Although Brian doesn't remember much about his time as a two-year-old at Wu Yee, he remembers having fun celebrating his birthday, the patient teachers, and interacting with the other toddlers. He's grateful he had the opportunity to participate in preschool.

In his spare time, Brian likes to play video games and hang out with his friends, mostly congregating at his house since it is centrally located.  He has lived in Chinatown his whole life, and feels comfortable here.  "I fit in well here, Chinatown will always feel like home to me," he said.  

We celebrate Brian's successes and wish him all the best at City College, with martial arts, and beyond!

Research Finds It Pays to Play in Early Childhood Education

In a recent blog post published in the Washington Post, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an expert in early childhood education, argues that focusing on the “achievement gap” should take far less precedence over focusing on what she calls the “play gap” in preschools and kindergartens across the country.

 

Carlsson-Paige who has been a leader in early childhood education for decades says that ever since the No Child Left Behind act, there has been a growing emphasis on rote learning at the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten level. The problem with this, says Carlsson-Page, is that children best learn naturally, through playing, when “they are fully engaged-body, mind and spirit.”

 

According to the article, playing benefits children in many ways including boosting “problem solving skills, social and emotional awareness, self-regulation, imagination, and inner resilience.” These benefits are even greater, says Carlsson-Paige, to low income students who often don’t have time to have fun and learn outside the classroom, compared to their more well-off peers, contributing to the overall education gap.  

“Many urban, low-income children have limited play opportunities outside of school, which makes in-school playtime even more vital for them. But what studies now show is that the children who need play the most in the early years of school get the least. Children in more affluent communities have more classroom play time. They have smaller class sizes and more experienced teachers who know how to provide for play-based learning. Children in low income, under-resourced communities have larger class sizes, less well-trained teachers, heavier doses of teacher-led drills and tests, and less play.”

 

At Wu Yee, we agree with Nancy Carlsson-Paige that playing is an integral part of not only early childhood education, but childhood in general. That’s why Wu Yee Children’s Services offers a unique learning environment where children can learn through play and practical life experience. We are proud to offer the benefits of play to low-income children in neighborhoods across San Francisco to help them reach their full potential both in school and later on in life.


Want to learn more about how Wu Yee helps low-income families across San Francisco? Visit our website today!