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San Francisco Head Start to celebrate fifth year of successful agency partnerships and services at event on October 1



Ted DeAdwyler
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
(415) 338-1665

Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


The San Francisco Head Start Program celebrates on Wednesday, October 1, its fifth year of successful partnerships with government and community agencies in San Francisco that deliver vital services for children and their families.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Ave. in S.F. Officials, agency representatives, members of the Head Start Policy Council, the Head Start Board of Directors and staff will celebrate the success of Head Start services made possible through community agency partnerships and collaboration. Key speakers include San Francisco University President Robert Corrigan, Brian Murphy, executive director of the San Francisco Urban Institute and Dr. Jean E. van Keulen, professor and executive director of San Francisco Head Start. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, also is scheduled to attend. At noon the event continues with tours of Head Start centers.

Before San Francisco State University and its San Francisco Urban Institute won federal designation in 1999 to manage Head Start operations in San Francisco, the program had faced widespread criticism after being cited for deficiencies. Now, the success of the program in creating successful partnerships under SFSU's direction has led to its expansion. Currently, the program assists 1,404 low-income children and their families, up from the 1,160 enrolled in 1999. The Early Head Start Program, which assists pregnant women, infants and toddlers, includes slots for 64 children. Through contracts with 18 San Francisco childcare agencies and providers, Head Start children, who are ages 3-5, receive full-day, year-round services. The arrangement allows parents who are moving from welfare to work attend school or job training knowing that their children are in safe, nurturing environments preparing them for school. In all, Head Start children and their families are now served at 53 locations around San Francisco.

The Oct. 1 event salutes the work of 30 agencies that have partnerships with Head Start to provide services meeting the health, social, nutritional and educational needs of children.

Here is a sampling of the partnerships that help make Head Start work in San Francisco:

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health delivers Head Start mental health services
  • The Maternal and Child Health program provides the Early Head Start Program with a public health nurse to oversee health and nutrition services;
  • Asian Prenatal Advocates serves 20 pregnant women and women with infants, toddlers in their homes;
  • Wu Yee Child Development Center provides full-day and full-year services to 77 children; Glide Memorial, 24 children; Visitacion Valley Child Development, 44 children; Good Samaritan, 24 children; Catholic Charities, 24 children; FranDelja, 15 children; San Francisco Unified School District, 238 children, as well as licensed family child care providers in San Francisco who serve 30 children;
  • Two delegate agencies -- Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and Kai Ming, Inc. -- serve a combined total 640 Head Start children and their families.
  • SFSU students help, too -- Through SFSU's graduate nursing and social work programs interns work with children and their families in the Early Head Start and Head Start program in San Francisco. Agency partnerships also exist with SFSU's Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Valencia Health Center and the University of San Francisco.

For more information, call the SFSU Office of Public Affairs at (415) 338-1665.


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