Child Development

In 2014, First 5 San Francisco created the Excellence in Teaching Awards to bring greater attention to the extraordinary craft and innovative practices of San Francisco’s early educators and to recognize and honor some of the best examples of teaching in the city. Since then, the awards have become a vital means to make quality visible beyond the walls of the classroom. Now in our fifth year, we are proud once again to highlight the incredible work of ten early educators. Their wide range of skill and innovation, all tailored to the specific needs of children, make a significant difference to the families and communities with whom they work. They are demonstrated champions for young children and support babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families to thrive.

Below, we present the 2018 San Francisco Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.

Friends of St. Francis Child Care Center Inc.Ling Huang

Kai Ming Head Start – Teaching Team: Bi Huang, Elianne Leiva, Rita Tan, Winnie Liu 

La Bamba Preschool – Family Child Care: Corey Santillan, Kenia Santillan, Nayeli Gonzales

SFUSD Presidio Early Education School – Mabel Young

Utopia PreschoolAndrea Posadas