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About Us

Changing the first five years changes everything. Studies show that the learning gap for low-income children becomes apparent as early as nine months of age.  Early language skills, as well as social-emotional development and school-readiness indicators, are powerful predictors for success in school and in life.

Studies suggest that a 30-million “word gap” exists between low- and upper-income children: poor children hear, understand, and use fewer words, which can have long-term negative consequences. Babies who hear fewer words are less likely to do well in school and kids who drop out of school are less likely to be healthy adults.

Educare seeks to prevent the achievement gap from taking root in the early years of a child’s life. We know what works to close the achievement gap: high quality, intensive education interventions in early childhood delivered by skilled, trained teachers.

Educare California at Silicon Valley is an innovative early learning center that narrows the opportunity gap for low-income children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers. We offer 12 high quality, full-day, year-round classrooms as well as support services and community resources through our family resource center, satellite children’s museum, satellite public library, and a Professional Development Institute that will build the capacity of early learning professionals. Our free services are offered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Working closely with families, we nurture children’s social-emotional and cognitive skills and overall healthy development to impact over 700 young children and their families and caregivers each year.

View our brochure to experience a day at Educare.

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Mission

As a beacon of early learning, our mission is to close the achievement gap and create life-changing opportunities for low-income, at-risk youth in Silicon Valley and beyond by providing high-quality early childhood education and family support services.

Vision

All children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers have access to high quality early education, resources, and support services to ensure every child has the best start to life.

We envision the Educare center to be a world-class, state-of-the-art early learning school embedded in the community and dedicated to the well-being of children and families, which will be celebrated by:

Guiding Principles

Place Educare California at Silicon Valley is a laboratory for high-quality early learning for at-risk children and for teacher training. We work to continuously improve the quality of care and instruction in sites beyond the walls of the center, including K-12 schools.

Program Educare California at Silicon Valley adheres to the Educare Learning Network’s 13 Program Core Features, which reflect the best-available, evidence-based strategies for effectively preparing at-risk young children and their families for success in school. Our programs serve children, families, the broader community and the region through wrap-around family support services and parent training.

Partnerships Educare California at Silicon Valley’s model is built on unique public-private partnerships that enhance our programming.

Policy Educare California at Silicon Valley informs and advocates for local, state and national policy that improves the early education system.

History and the Early Learning Network

Educare California at Silicon Valley opened in September 2015 as part of the Early Learning Network, a national network of 21 Educare Schools (and the first in the state of California). Together, the network of schools serve as a beacon for high-quality early learning in practice that can inform and inspire broader policy and systems change for young children and families at the local, state and national levels.

Educare schools makes certain that financially disadvantaged young children have the best start to life. Educare’s comprehensive program incorporates what science says young children need to flourish. Our rigorous research shows that Educare works: the majority of our students enter kindergarten with the school readiness skills they need to succeed.

Our Team

Educare proudly collaborates with many public and private partners to operate our innovative early learning center. Our success is made possible through the tireless work of our incredible staff, teachers, administrators and consultants who ensure children in the area receive the best support for early childhood education. The team at Educare California at Silicon Valley includes Executive Director Lisa Kaufman, as well as teachers, assistant teachers, teacher assistants, classroom supervisors, site supervisors, family engagement specialists, coaches, and evaluation experts.

Our Board

The FY17-18 governance board for Educare California at Silicon Valley includes:

Careers

The expertise, dedication and passion of our team members drive the individual care and high impact of our educational and programmatic services. Our schools leverage the diverse experience of our directors, teachers, family engagement specialists, and administrative staff to ensure that children, families, and communities thrive.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to continuous program improvement through professional development opportunities for staff, from coaching and training to networking with peers. We support our team members so they in turn can provide our children and families with the best start to life.

Check back often to learn more about career opportunities available at Educare California at Silicon Valley.

Contact Us

Family Resource Center:

Deyanira Hurtado, Program Manager
Phone: (408) 573-4805 / Email: dhurtado@catholiccharitiesscc.org

Classroom Enrollment, Program Operations, and Site Visits

Site Director (more information coming soon)
Phone: (408) 573-4805 / Email: dhurtado@catholiccharitiesscc.org

Strategic Partnerships, Professional Development Institute, and Policy

Lisa Kaufman, PhD, Executive Director
Phone: (408) 573-4802 / Email: lisa.kaufman@educaresv.org