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6th annual awards ceremony celebrates excellence in teaching

June 19, 2019 – Last night the Children’s Creativity Museum played host to over 100 people who came out to support the educators who support our youngest children. First 5 San Francisco along with Supervisor Norman Yee and the Office of Early...

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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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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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Executive Director Laurel Kloomok op-ed published in the Examiner

  Early education has seen a surge of interest among politicians in the past year. At the federal level, President Barack Obama devoted parts of his last two State of the Union speeches to advocate for universal preschool. At the state level,...

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Interview with the First Director of the Office of Early Care and Education

                   San Francisco’s Mayor Lee has appointed Barbara Carlson to be the first permanent  Director of the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE). Carlson was selected for her expertise and as someone who knows the early...

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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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“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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