A variety of preschool options are available, including full-day Head Start, State Preschool and Infant Toddler care, full-day tuition-based (private pay), and Home Base services.
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Curricular Enhancements & Other Services
Every MNC preschool classroom participates in the San Francisco Quality Connections program, which means that each classroom is evaluated by trained and certified independent assessors for quality, and must meet minimum ratings on the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS), the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), as well as other quality indicators.
In return, MNC classrooms receive curricular enhancements and program quality improvements, such as funding for a partnership with Project Commotion, a program that incorporates tumbling, music, play, dance, and martial arts as a means of fostering healthy development, self-awareness and self-expression; teacher trainings and professional development opportunities; funding for enhanced program supplies and materials; and other resources.
In addition to providing high quality bilingual (Spanish- English) preschool and early education services, MNC Child Development program also provides family support services, parent involvement & education opportunities, health & nutrition services, and additional support for children with special needs.
First 5 San Francisco Quality Connections
Mission Neighborhood Centers receives funding from First 5 SF, a program designed to increase access to preschool for four year olds, provide professional development for staff and utilize strategies for curriculum quality enhancement for the classroom. Our centers are assessed by independent certified assessors as well as our internal coaches. Each classroom must achieve an Early Childhood Environment Rating Score (ECERS) of 4.5 or better, as well as other quality indicators.
As a result of First 5 SF funding, MNC teaching staff and administration have been able to participate in in-depth trainings, including the following programs:
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Families play a critical role in helping their children to prepare for school and a lifetime of academic success. Research indicates that:
- Children with supportive home learning environments show increased literacy development, better peer interactions, fewer behavior problems, and more motivation and persistence during learning activities.
- Among the youngest children, daily parent-child reading from infancy prompts cognitive skills as well as early vocabulary gains that lead to more reading and vocabulary growth, a pattern of growth that has been compared to a snowball.
Continued family engagement is important throughout the school years. Longitudinal studies of low-income children show that high family involvement offsets the risks of children growing up in low-income households and in households with low parent education.
Family engagement is about building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and their children. This partnership between parents and child development staff is fundamental to children’s current and future success and their readiness for school.
Our family partnership process assists families in identifying strengths, goals, needed services, and support resources by promoting the strengthening of families. We also offer support services for families in crisis or high-risk situations by providing referrals to community agencies that specialize in the following areas of service: legal, domestic violence, child abuse, substance/alcohol abuse, housing, employment and so forth.
As part of our diverse services we also offer a variety of educational workshops in the areas of: early education, child development, school readiness, preschool curriculum, literacy, health and nutrition, disabilities, mental health, parenting, leadership/ skill building, and male role model groups. All of which, are to empower families by building peer networks, parent leadership, access to resources, and successful transitions for children and families.
We also offer an in-depth series of parent empowerment trainings called Abriendo Puertas. Abriendo Puertas is the nation’s first evidence-based parent leadership and advocacy training program for Latino parents with children 0-5 years of age. The program was developed in Spanish and provides a linguistically and culturally relevant curriculum. The curriculum is centered on the cultural values, strengths, and experiences of Latino families and uses popular education and folk wisdom. This approach engages parents at a very personal level and results in transformative learning.