Responding to Community Needs
Over 3,000 children from birth-to-five currently wait for services on San Francisco’s Early Learning System, and according to the 2017 San Francisco Childcare and Advisory Council Needs Assessment, the Mission District is one of three communities in our city with the most pressing need for affordable full-day, full-year early care and education services. In response to this gap in the need for early care services and the availability of early care and education programming, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC) launched a $14 million capital campaign to build new early learning centers, while transforming outdated facilities into state-of-the-art early learning environments that will engage children and encourage discovery to pave the way for a strong start for academic success.
Programs and Services
MNC offers a variety of ECE programming, including home visits for infants, toddlers, and expecting mothers; family support and education; and high quality early learning settings for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. Each of our early learning centers offer age-appropriate, bilingual (Spanish/English), full-day/year-round programming with a full continuum of learning beginning at birth. MNC’s educational approach is purposeful, with a cradle-to-college educational pathway that focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and abilities. Research has established that investments in ECE provide upward mobility for young children. This initial investment in a young child paves the way to increased participation in higher education increased employment opportunities and improved health and social outcomes as adults.
Geographic Area and Populations Served
MNC primarily serves the Mission District of San Francisco, the oldest neighborhood of the City known for its vibrant Latin American influence and culture. As the demographics of San Francisco have changed, our Mission community remains the hub for low-income Latino families. Many of the families we serve are drawn to our community resources due to cultural and language preference, contributing to the success of our early care and education programming. In addition to the expansion of four new centers, our goal is to extend families with a viable option for accessing affordable high-quality early care and education services in the Mission District.
2019 Early Learning San Francisco, a data system matching available early care and education programs to qualifying families, operated by the S.F. Office of Early Care and Education.