Chinese Parent Cafes Bring Community to Families at Joy Lok FRC

Chinese families participate in a Chinese Parent Cafe at Joy Lok LFC

Chinese families participate in a Chinese Parent Cafe at Joy Lok LFC

Excerpted from an article by Be Strong Families

For the 2017-2018 school year, Chinese Parent Cafes have brought a new light to the Chinese families at Joy Lok Family Resource Center (FRC), a resource center in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown. Joy Lok Family Resource Center, operated by Wu Yee Children's Services, provides services such as educational play groups, lending toy and book libraries, and public benefits assistance to the families in both Chinese and English. The Chinese Soup Gatherings for the Soul at Joy Lok FRC have already brought in significant feedback from both the staff and families, and the staff are already seeing an impact and benefits through parent engagement, with the Chinese Parent Cafes process and materials tailored to the Chinese communities.  Lena Yu, Joy Lok FRC Manager states, “We seldom have time to take a pause and be in our own skin. The Chinese Parent Cafe model values parent’s experiences and the strengths they bring to the table. The Chinese parent questions are thought-provoking and forces us to dig deep, like soul searching for parents!  When parents go through this parent cafe experience, they end up more aware, focused and determined for themselves, benefiting everyone in the family unit.”

The main benefit of having the Chinese Parent Cafes available to the Chinese communities is that they are culturally and linguistically relevant.  Families and staff prefer this family engagement platform because it helps them to overcome cultural and language barriers immigrant families often experience during their acculturation process. “I think the cafe will impact the lives of the Chinese parents and children, because the café agenda is very different from most of the general support group, ” Christy Li, Joy Lok FRC Family Support Coordinator states. The Chinese Parent Cafes agenda and materials are meeting the needs of the Chinese families, through connecting with their own peers to learn with each other, the families engage in the Zuoren, continuously learning and self-cultivating. The families are able to apply what they learn in the Chinese Parent Cafes to support other families that they will meet in their immigration and child rearing journey in the United States.  

At the same time, the family advocates and program staff working with the families become more skilled to tailor the Chinese Parent Cafés to meet the Chinese families’ aspirations to be confident leaders in their own family unit and community. As a result of the 35 cafes at Kai Ming Head Start, family advocates were able to provide additional community resources to the participants in areas of appropriate discipline, child development, emotional needs of children, financial services resources, immigration resources, labor law, legal services resources, positive approaches on parenting and workshops on American and Chinese education systems.

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City Commits $38 Million for Family Resources Centers

San Francisco's Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) and the Human Services Agency (HSA), in partnership with First 5, San Francisco has approved $38 million over the next three years in renewed funding for family resource centers (FRCs). These funds are essential in assisting many of the challenges families with children living in San Francisco face.  Joy Lok families can continue to receive free support in the form of educational playgroups, a toy and book lending library, parenting workshops, social support networks and public benefits assistance in Chinese.

Summer Safety Tips for Kids / 給孩子暑期安全提示

Stay safe this summer by following these important safety tips: 

  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater to reduce the intensity of UV rays that can cause sunburns. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. 
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids when you go outside to avoid dehydration. 
  • Take time to ensure the outdoor play areas around your home or community are safe and protect children from injuries. 
  • Drowning is among the leading causes of accidental death in children. Enroll your child in swimming classes for free or at low-cost from SF Park and Recreation. We can help you apply for a Family Scholarship Account for discounts to classes! 

Do you know how to perform CPR? The Chinatown Public Health Center offers low-cost and sometimes free CPR and First Aid classes to the community. Contact the Chinatown Public Health Center for more information at 415.364.7600.



  • 塗抹有 SPF 15 或更高之防曬油,以減少紫外線導致曬傷的強度。在曬太陽前15—30 分鐘前塗抹。 
  • 當您外出時喝充足的水份和液體,以避免脫水。 
  • 花一些時間確保您家裡或社區附近的室外遊樂區安全,以保護兒童免受傷害。 
  • 溺水是兒童中意外死亡的主要原因。幫助孩子在康樂局報名參加免費或低費的游泳班並學習水上安全意識。我們可以協助您申請家庭獎學金賬戶,報名有折扣優惠! 

您知道如何進行心肺復甦法嗎?華埠公共衛生局為社區提供低費或有時免費的心肺復甦法和急救訓練班。與他們聯繫,以了解更多信息: 415-364-7600 


Joy Lok Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program 

“Every Great Adventure Begins with a Book”  

Our Summer Reading Program has begun! Pick up a Joy Lok Reading Log today. When your child completes 15 hours or more of reading, turn it in by 8/1/15 to receive a free gift for your child. (Gift selection varies.) 

Participants will also be invited to a special end of summer celebration with story time, raffle prizes, games, and more! This event fills up quickly, please sign up after returning your reading log to us. 

Event Location: Chinatown Public Library, Lower Level Conference Room , 1135 Powell St
Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm 

This is not a SF Public Library sponsored program.

Contact / 415.391.4890 for more information.




暑期閱讀計劃參與者將被邀請參加夏日閱讀慶祝會,節目有故事時間、抽獎、遊戲和更多! 這個活動很快滿額,請把閱讀日誌交回後從速報名。 

夏日閱讀慶祝會活動地點: 三藩市華埠公共圖書館 (1135 Powell St),
下層會議室 日期: 星期五, 8/14/15
時間: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 


連絡人資訊: / 415.391.4890

Free Tax Preparation Services

Joy Lok Family Resource Center and Single Stop, in partnership with Chinese Newcomers Service Center is offering free tax preparation services! 

To qualify for Free Tax Prep, individuals or families must meet the following criteria:

  • Annual gross income must not exceed $53,000                    
  • No property in the United States and overseas
  • No investment in stocks, bonds or others                     
  • Must not receive rent income

Service hours and location:

Mondays and Fridays, 2/3/2014 - 3/31/2014
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Joy Lok Family Resource Center
888 Clay Street, Lower Level
San Francisco, CA 94108

Appointments can be made in person at 888 Clay Street or over the phone at 415.391.4890 or 415.321.3823.