Office of Early Care and Education prepares to release CARES 2.0 applications for Early Learning and PFA Network

The CARES 2.0 application will be online soon via the CA ECE Workforce Registry. To prepare to apply we are asking applicants to login to the registry and create or update their profile information including their contact information, employment, and level of education. We understand that many early educators are being impacted by the “Shelter in…

EDvance team provides resources and outlets to support EDvance students and community.

The EDvance team has been working to provide links to resources and outlets for support to the EDvance students and community. To view resources provided by EDvance please access their website at https://edvancesf.sfsu.edu/content/shelter-place-resources-support. They will be updating the site regularly as more resources develop. EDvance will be providing the following virtual sessions starting next week: PATH…

Online Professional Development Resources for Educators

Online Professional Development Resources for Educators   There are a number of online professional development opportunities available to early childhood educators and coaches. Here are our team’s recommendations. Please see below for descriptions and links: CA State Department of Education Online Training The State Department of Education has an online learning site called CECO Online.  There…

Connecting Children to Nature

Connecting Children to Nature   Across San Francisco, outdoor opportunities for our youngest children can be limited and play areas can mirror the cold concrete and steel of the urban landscape. Connecting children to the natural world through play allows them to explore freely, nurturing curiosity and discovery. First 5 San Francisco has joined the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and WestEd…

The Power of Quality Connections

The Power of Quality Connections   It was more than a decade ago that Dr. Zoobi Waqar began her work in early childhood education in San Francisco. “Through my experiences I have gained an understanding for the profound way parents are affected by the care and education of their children,” said Zoobi.  What started as a…

First 5 San Francisco Excellence in Teaching Awards 2017

Last night at the Children’s Creativity Museum, First 5 San Francisco celebrated Excellence in Teaching to raise the attention given to teachers in the field of Early Childhood Education. The 4th annual awards celebration recognize and rewards excellence in teaching across the city and county. Each year the award honors teachers who have made outstanding contributions to the classroom and partnered with families to promote child well-being.