San Francisco, CA (May 19, 2014) – Wu Yee Children’s Services is expanding its Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) program to include 595 infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Wu Yee received a grant from the Office of Head Start on May 1, 2014 for an additional 275 center-based Head Start slots and 210 Early Head Start slots in center based, home based and family child care program options. Wu Yee currently serves 250 Head Start and Early Head Start children and at six child development centers in the Bayview, Chinatown, The Tenderloin and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, as well as in home based and family child care homes.
As part of this expansion, Wu Yee was named as the replacement grantee for the programs at Cadillac Head Start, Kirkwood/Hunter’s Point Preschool, OMI Head Start, Potrero Hill Head Start, Southeast Head Start and Westside Head Start.
Meeting the demand for infants and toddler care in San Francisco
There is a great need to expand the availability of infant and toddler services in San Francisco. According to California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, there were more than 4,300 children on the waiting list for subsidized care in San Francisco in 2010, and that number continues to grow. The majority (51%) of the requests that the Network receives for placement in San Francisco are for children aged birth to 2-years-old, and nearly all of the requests received (97%) were for full-time care for children birth to 5-years-old.
About Wu Yee Children’s Services
Wu Yee Children’s Services was founded in 1977 by social workers and parents concerned with the challenges facing new immigrants in Chinatown, and has since grown into a city-wide agency supporting and serving families throughout the city. Wu Yee specializes in early childhood education, family support services, referrals to quality child care, and training and support for child care providers.