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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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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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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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Kindergarten Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching

Today, we’re just one week away from the deadline for submitting first-round applications for kindergarten (and transitional kindergarten) enrollment in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for fall 2014. As a reminder, San Francisco...

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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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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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