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Family Resource Centers Celebrate the Holidays

Our San Francisco Family Resource Centers (FRCs) know how to throw a party. Well over a thousand families benefited from meals, food boxes, toy give-aways, and holiday parties with Santa Claus, jumpy houses, cultural celebrations, and arts and...

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Is The Universal Approach Working For San Francisco Families…

With First 5 San Francisco celebrating its 15 year anniversary and the New Year already here, we reflect on our successes and challenges in providing programs and services for San Francisco’s families and children ages zero to five. To do this, we...

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A weekly roundup of the news and information affecting 0-5 policy and partners in the early years.

0-5 IN THE NEWS 6 states receive $280M in early learning grants   WASHINGTON — Six states were announced Thursday as winners of a combined $280 million in government grants to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and...

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Your Partner in the Early Years

  Fifteen years ago, voters affirmed the importance of investing in the healthy development of California’s youngest children and passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act.  The statewide program is now known as First...

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Preventative benefits of early education

State Senator Mark Leno, District Attorney George Gascón, Chief of Police Greg Suhr, and First 5 San Francisco Executive Director Laurel Kloomok visited the Salvation Army Harbor House Child Development Center this past Wednesday to see...

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SF Preschool Teachers in the Spotlight at Premiere for New Video Series

Photos by: Charles Martin   San Francisco may be accustomed to glitzy galas and opening nights, but Saturday evening at the Children’s Creativity Museum theater was a distinctly different kind of red carpet affair. Preschool educators were in...

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“Toxic Stress”

Research has increasingly shown that frequent or continual stress on young children is strongly associated with lifelong health and social problems, particularly when there is not adequate protection and support from caregivers. The level of stress...

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First 5 San Francisco Preschool Series

The spotlight has been shining brightly on early education these past couple of years. And we think this focus is absolutely necessary. After all, any education reform effort that does not address early education is bound to have a limited effect on...

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Kids and TV

Young children ages 0-8 are watching less television and other media than they were two years ago, but they are still watching too much. Common Sense Media, a children’s advocacy organization based here in San Francisco, just released a new study...

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The facts are in: Preschool for All makes a big difference for children

Last year, First 5 San Francisco commissioned a scientific evaluation on whether PFA improved outcomes for children. The results from the research are back, and we’re happy to report that PFA is now proven to increase children’s academic and...

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