Educare California at Silicon Valley opens to children, parents

Shortly after Educare California at Silicon Valley opened its doors for the first time on September 3, learning was already well under way. Teachers engaged young children in hands-on exploration, imaginative play and other activities to help them develop early math, literacy and social skills.

“As the first Educare school in California, we are excited to celebrate the beginning of many successful school days to come for our children and families,” said Lisa Kaufman, executive director of Educare California at Silicon Valley. “We know how important early education is to help children get a strong start in life and look forward to providing high-quality early learning to serve the needs of our children, families and community.”

The 28,000-square-foot Educare school is located on the campus of Santee Elementary School and is part of San Jose’s Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative. Educare California at Silicon Valley provides quality early education for 168 low-income children from birth to age 5.

The school also includes a family center to offer resources and support for families and the greater community, as well as a professional development and research institute to provide training for early childhood professionals.

Educare California at Silicon Valley is a partnership between organizations including AT&T, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Children’s Discovery Museum of San José, Cisco, De Anza College, East Side Union High School District, Educare Learning Network, First 5 California, FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative, Catholic Charities, Franklin-McKinley School District, Green Standards, The Health Trust, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Heising-Simons Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Opportunity Fund, Ounce of Prevention Fund, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Perkins Coie, Polaris Associates, San José Public Library, Santa Clara County Office of Education, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Sugimura Finney Architects, US Bank, Verizon, and Warmenhoven Family Foundation.

The 21st Educare school, Educare California at Silicon Valley joins a network of schools serving more than 3,000 young children and families across the country.

Follow @EducareSchools and #EducareSV for live coverage of the school’s grand opening on October 16.