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Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Inc. Campaign for Children Early Care and Education Expansion & Enhanced Learning Environments 2018-2021.
EARLY CARE & EDUCATION EXPANSION
Responding To Community Needs
- Expansion of integrative services known as the “continuum of care” model, Early Care and Education programming focused on children birth-to-five years of age, ensuring continuous and enhanced child development for the child’s first 5 years in preparation for a successful transition to kindergarten and a lifetime of learning.
- Expansion of part-day/part-year enrollments to full-day/full-year enrollments, which meets the needs of working families and student parents.
- Migrate “home based” care for infants and toddlers to a “center based” model, proven to have the best outcomes for children and families
- Expanded parent, family, and community engagement
Enhanced Learning Environments
Relocation of centers without outdoor space to new learning centers with ample outdoor space. 198 currently waitlisted children will be served in new learning centers. Spacious state-of-the-art classrooms. New learning environments that intrigue children, encourage discovery and development so that they can achieve academic success!
Three New Learning Centers
1240 Valencia Street – Acquisition of a 5,000sq. ft. commercial condo for the transition to full/day, full/year early care and education programming for preschool-age children
1950 Mission Street – Lease of 7,972sq. ft. space to provide full/day, full/year early care and education programming for children birth-to-five years of age
1850 Bryant Street – Lease of 12,500sq. ft. space to provide full/day, full/year early care and education programming, for children birth to five years of age and an integrated Family Resource Center
1240 Valencia Street
- Transforming a former police station to an Early Care and Education Center
- Converting part-day/part-year Early Care and Education programs to full-day/ full-year
- Continuum of Early Care and Education (approx. 11,774 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor space):
- 40 Preschool children & 22 Infants and Toddlers, totaling 62 children
- Projected Facility Acquisition Date: April 2019
1950 Mission Street
- Continuum of Early Care and Education (approx. 7,972 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor space):
- 20 Preschool children & 22 Infants and Toddlers, totaling 42 children
- 100% Affordable Housing Development:
- 165 affordable units for low to moderate-income families
- Projected Tenant Improvement Construction Date: September 2019
1850 Bryant Street
- Continuum of Early Care and Education (approx. 12,500 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor space)
- 40 Preschool children & 28 Infants and Toddlers, totaling 68 children
- Integrated Family Resource Center
- Co-located with City of San Francisco Human Service Agency (formally Department of Social Services)
- Commercial lease opportunity in a brand new 6-story, 180,000 sq. ft. owned by City and County of San Francisco
- Projected Tenant Improvement Construction: October 2020
Learn More About Capital Campaign
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.
Campaign for Children
Our campaign is committed to developing four new learning centers totaling 43,881 square feet of space:
- 1950 Mission Street: featuring one infant, two toddler, and one preschool classroom will enroll 42 children. This property will be adjacent to a 155-apartment development for low-income housing, providing a wider access for families to our early learning center.
- 1850 Bryant Street: two infant, two toddler, and two preschool classrooms will enroll 62 children. This center will share space in an 180,000 square foot building with the San Francisco Human Services Agency, allowing our agencies to cross-refer, collaborate and coordinate services for low-income families with young children.
- 1240 Valencia Street: featuring two preschool classrooms will enroll 40 children and will transform a space once known for detaining youth to a place of hope, inspiration and to allow dreams of education and economic mobility to become a reality. This new site will also house MNC’s Mission Girls program.
Two (2) of our four centers will be located in affordable housing developments and our organization will extend early education and family support services to the residents, focusing on the most vulnerable, including children and families experiencing homelessness.
Implementation Timetable and Project Evaluation
- September 2019: Acquisition and improvements to 1240 Valencia Street with build out of two new preschool classrooms.
- January 2021: Grand opening of a 7,972 square foot facility at 1950 Mission Street for one infant, two toddler, and one preschool classroom.
- August 2021: Lease of a 12,500 square foot space at 1850 Bryant Street that includes two infant, two toddler, and three preschool classrooms.
Goals and Expected Results from Proposed Grant
- $14 million is the goal of our capital campaign. This funding will make possible four new early learning centers in San Francisco’s Mission District and will exponentially increase access for 218 young children under five who otherwise would remain on the early learning wait list for years.
- Educational and family supportive services to over 200 low-income families and children from the Mission community, many of them experiencing homelessness, by supplying early learning centers designed in affordable housing developments.
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) Early Learning Programming in full-day and year-round settings with experiences that offer ample opportunities for academic success.