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Community Report 2012-13

A Message from Our Executive Director We are thrilled to share with you our 2012-13 Community Report. In the last year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our funded programs and partners, First 5 San Francisco services reached approximately...

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Festivals of Learning

 San Francisco may be accustomed to innovation in the tech sector, but this past Saturday at the Mission Branch Library was a distinctly different kind of innovative experience. Early educators from throughout San Francisco came together to give...

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PFA in San Francisco: Looking back, pushing forward

In March 2004, San Francisco voters ushered in a bright, new era for the City’s children and families, creating one of the nation’s first city-funded universal preschool programs, Preschool for All (PFA). With the passage of Proposition H, the...

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Blanca Lopez wants to be an elementary bilingual school teacher! Join us in helping her realize her dream!

We all know that teaching has many amazing benefits, but a high salary to pay off debt to become a teacher isn’t one of them. If  early care and education programs are to reach the high-quality goals of preparing teachers to be leaders in...

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The high cost of raising a family in SF

One of the salient themes that surfaced from the eleven Town Hall Meetings that First 5 San Francisco hosted was how Preschool for All’s universal approach has helped both low- and moderate-income families afford preschool and stay in San...

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After 9 Years of Preschool for All: What makes us cry?

Last Wednesday night a happy crowd came together to celebrate five special teachers at First 5 San Francisco’s Excellence in Teaching Celebration at Fort Mason Center. They came to cheer, and they came to party. They came despite a full day of...

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PFA: Town hall meeting highlights

Haven’t been able to make it to any of the Preschool for All Town Hall Meetings over the last two weeks? More than 150 community members have weighed in so far, sharing their stories with Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Tang, Wiener, and Yee about...

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PFA Re-authorization: Your City is Listening!

PFA Re-authorization:  Your City is Listening! Many of you have asked during the past year when and where will be the best opportunities to speak out about PFA, to share your perspectives with those who need to hear them.                  ...

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Help Me Grow San Francisco

We have great news! After a year of planning and partnership building, San Francisco has just been recognized as a Help Me Grow affiliate by Help Me Grow California and the Help Me Grow National Center (HMG), becoming one of only five California...

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Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

A new White House and philanthropic initiative focusing on young men of color will lift up the importance of third-grade reading proficiency as a key milestone for academic success. In a speech Thursday, President Barack Obama and ten leading...

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