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Our Impact

Educare California at Silicon Valley opened to the public in Fall 2015. Thanks to the incredible support of our partners, funders, and donors and supporters like you, we served almost 600 children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers in our first year, and over 700 in FY16-17.

We work hard to narrow the opportunity gap for low-income children in East San Jose by giving them the social-emotional, math, and language skills they need for healthy development and to be successful in school and in life.

We will also build the capacity of formal and informal early educators throughout the region through our Professional Development Institute.

Learn more about our annual accomplishments:

Data Dashboard Enables Real Time Improvements

As part of our commitment to continuous program improvement, we worked with Oklahoma City Educare's local evaluators to design and customize an online data dashboard platform to make real-time data more accessible to teachers.

The electronic data dashboard allows teachers to enter child assessment data and classroom observation notes on an iPad, which immediately sends data to the national database. This streamlined process saves teachers valuable data-entry time, and provides real-time data on child performance, outcomes, and classroom practices. Teachers can identify trends and fine-tune their classroom practices to maximize child outcomes. We launched the dashboard in 2016, and we're incorporating it into our professional development.

“The data dashboard is the mechanism to help us build upon and improve curriculum and practice,” explains Adele Cruz, local evaluation partner. "We're working closely with the teachers and family engagement specialists to ensure the data is exactly what they need. It's important that the teachers have a voice in building the dashboard." 

This is an important step in creating a pipeline of data for each student starting in infancy and continuing throughout their educational career.


Chart of At-Risk childrenResearch has demonstrated that without high quality early education, youth are more likely to drop out of school, become a teen parent, never attend college and commit a violent crime. Closing the nation's achievement gap would increase the U.S. GDP by between $710 billion and $1.2 trillion.

Based on these realities, the Educare Network created a National Research Agenda for Early Education to share the most pressing early learning priorities and catalyze new research in best practices for early childhood education that will improve the lives of low-income families and their children. Learn more about Educare’s national research studies here.

Higher language skills and fewer problems

A new study published in Child Development in 2017 found that the high quality, center-based early childhood education offered at schools in the national Educare network, which includes Educare California at Silicon Valley, has a positive impact on the development of financially disadvantaged infants and toddlers.

The study found that Educare children after one year of enrollment, at approximately age 2, had significantly higher English language skills, fewer parent reports of problem behaviors and more positive parent-child interactions than children who did not attend Educare.

This new study reinforces lessons learned from decades of research — high quality early childhood education benefits young children living in poverty.

Lasting effects of Educare

An ongoing study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has demonstrated that low-income children (including children with limited proficiency in English) who enroll in Educare as infants or toddlers enter kindergarten with the same skills as their middle-income peers. Children who entered from birth to age two scored near the national averages in measures of school readiness. Early findings indicate the gains Educare children make hold as they move through elementary school.

Policy and Presentations

Educare California at Silicon Valley advocates for policies that will improve early childhood education at the local, state, and national levels.


In addition to impacting children and families directly, Educare uses our expertise in early childhood learning to educate others in the education and policy spheres through presentations and tours.

Presentations / Conferences


If you would like to invite Educare California at Silicon Valley to present on early learning at a conference or to sign on to an early learning related legislation, contact Executive Director Lisa Kaufman, PhD, at lisa.kaufman@educaresv.org / (408) 573-4802.