MNC Inspires Success

Our Philosophy

MNC provides nurturing early childhood learning environments that strive to authentically include the values, home languages, and cultural identities of the children served.

Teachers actively engage children in age-appropriate, stimulating experiences to bring about optimal learning for all children to grow to their fullest potential.

Further, MNC is committed to ongoing dialogue with children, families, and staff to develop skills that actively challenge bias and disrupt systemic inequities.

Head Start

One of our key funders is Head Start, a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the education, health, nutrition, disabilities support, parent engagement and other services to enrolled children and their families.

MNC was a delegate agency from 1969 to 2014. In spring of 2014 MNC became a Grantee and was awarded funding for Head Start/Early Head Start to provide comprehensive early care and education services. MNC’s 10 campuses are in Mission, Excelsior, Bayview Hunter’s Point, and Mission Bay neighborhoods. At this time our Head Start and Early Head Start services benefit 280 preschool children ages 3 – 5 and 82 infants and toddlers.

Special Enhancements

MNC preschool classrooms participate in the San Francisco Quality Connections program, which means that each classroom is evaluated by trained and certified independent assessors for quality, and we 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 for our participation, MNC classrooms receive curricular & instructional enhancements and program quality improvements, such as funding for a partnership with Project Commotion, 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; plus other resources to benefit our children and families.

School Readiness

“School Readiness” is an important term we use to mean that being in our classrooms…

  • Children possess the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning for a lifetime.
  • For parents and families, school readiness means they understand, and have the knowledge and confidence to be engaged in the long-term, lifelong success of their child. MNC believe parents are their children’s primary teachers and advocates. We proudly serve families this way.

Our school readiness objective is to achieve and promote educational goals via effective early childhood instruction. This lies at the heart of our
mission and commitment to all children and families we serve.

Click on the photos to view our Head Start Annual Reports:

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