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SFPUC Partners with Community Organizations to Help Bayview Families Access Free, High-Quality Childcare
Assistance available for families applying to Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
Posted Date: 3/7/2019 12:00 PM

San Francisco, CA — Families living in San Francisco’s Southeast neighborhoods will have an opportunity to enroll their children in free childcare this Saturday.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Wu Yee Children’s Services and several Bayview-based nonprofits are hosting a Community Pop Up Playground and Enrollment Fair, where kids can have fun while their parents receive one-on-one assistance enrolling their children in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southeast Community Facility on 1800 Oakdale Avenue.

“Wu Yee provides quality early childhood education as a critical primer for future academic success,” said Emily Rogers-Pharr, Executive Director of the Southeast Community Facility. “Children should have a healthy start by entering school ready learn – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. We are happy to support Wu Yee in its efforts to enroll local infants and toddlers in its Head Start Programs, which gives our babies their best chance to reach their full potential.”

Located in the Bayview, the Southeast Community Facility serves as a neighborhood hub for community activities, education and skill-building services, and civic engagement. The SFPUC operates and maintains the facility for the benefit of Bayview residents. The agency is in the process of constructing a new center at 1550 Evans Avenue, featuring a three-acre park, state-of-the-art special events spaces, multi-purpose rooms for meetings and recreation, and a childcare facility that doubles the current facility’s childcare capacity.

At the Pop-Up Playground on Saturday, children will have the opportunity to engage in spontaneous play and use their imagination with open-ended materials including carboard boxes, paint, tape, string and glue. They will also participate in other activities such as bubbles, sensory play and face painting. Wu Yee staff will be onsite to help families submit their applications for the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Families will receive service in English, Spanish, and Cantonese. Lunch will be provided.

“We believe that for a child to be successful the family as a whole needs to thrive,” said Jessica Campos, Center Manager, Wu Yee Children’s Services. “Our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs provide high quality care and education for children and support parents and families as they seek job training and career opportunities.”

In addition to Wu Yee and SFPUC, several other organizations are supporting the event, including the Office of Early Care and Education (OCOE), Five Keys, Renaissance Parents of Success, Black to the Future, Hunters Point Family and City College of San Francisco

More information about Wu Yee’s Early and Head Start Programs is available at www.wuyee.org/enroll.

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About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.

About the Southeast Community Facility
The City and County of San Francisco constructed the Southeast Community Facility to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of the Southeast Treatment Plant's expansion in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The SFPUC operates and maintains the facility for the benefit of the Bayview-Hunters Point community. The facility houses several tenants that provide education and skill-building services to the community. In addition, the mayoral-appointed Southeast Community Facility Commission provides guidance for programs at the community facility. SFPUC is constructing a new Southeast Community Facility at 1550 Evans Avenue. The new facility is scheduled to open in the Fall 2021. Learn more at sfwater.org/secf.

About Wu Yee
Founded in 1977 by social workers and parents concerned about the challenges facing by new immigrants in Chinatown, Wu Yee Children’s Services (Wu Yee) has grown to a city-scale agency serving diverse families throughout San Francisco and is now the city’s largest provider of Early Head Start. The phrase "wu yee" means "protector of children" in Cantonese, and children are at the heart of everything we do. Wu Yee's mission is to create opportunities for children to be healthy, for families to thrive and for communities to be strong. Learn more at https://www.wuyee.org/.