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About Us

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. With our partners, 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, that builds the capacity of early educators. 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 hundreds of young children and their families and caregivers each year.

View our brochure for an overview of Educare.

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Educare Model

The zip code you’re born in shouldn’t determine your educational and life outcomes, but unfortunately, it often does. Children who grow up in financially disadvantaged areas often face disadvantages that hamper healthy development. The achievement gap starts early, and it can compound as a child moves through school —unless we provide proven, intensive interventions and increase family engagement early on.

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.

The Educare model is based on research from early childhood development, education, social work and other allied fields, and has been rigorously evaluated to show that our model works. Four core features compose the Educare model: data utilization, embedded professional development, high-quality teaching practices and intensive family engagement.

Learn more about how our four core features work together in a comprehensive and intentional way to achieve a high-quality early childhood program that helps children from birth to age 5 become academically, socially and emotionally prepared for kindergarten.

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Closing the opportunity gap for children birth to age 5 by offering high-quality early childhood education and support services


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 25 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.

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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:

Sona Grover, FMCI Program Manager
Phone: (408) 573-4805 / Email: sgrover@catholiccharitiesscc.org

Classroom Enrollment, Program Operations, and Site Visits

Danielle Webb, Director of Partnerships and Programs
Phone: (408) 573-4802 / Email: danielle.webb@educaresv.org

Strategic Partnerships, Community Engagement, and Policy

Shawn Gerth, Executive Director
Phone: (408) 573-4800 / Email: shawn.gerth@educaresv.org