Executive Director: Marjorie Weiss, MPA
Office: 205 13th Street Ste. 3280, San Francisco, CA 94103
The San Francisco Head Start Program offers free comprehensive child development services for 1,397 of San Francisco's low income foster families and recipients of supplemental income. Families with children 3-5 years of age are encouraged to apply. Services are offered to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities. Head Start helps children develop to their maximum potential. Early Head Start provides care for children 0-3 months of age in home-based and center-based sites.
Senior Site Manager: Alicia Torres
Office: HSS 244
Jumpstart SF is an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization created to “engage” young people in service toward the day that all children in America enter school prepared to succeed. From its inception in 1993, Jumpstart has fostered literacy and social skills development in young children by placing college students in preschools to provide additional support to preschool programs. The Jumpstart program recruits, trains and pairs Federal Work-Study supported San Francisco State University students with preschool children struggling in early learning programs. Throughout the school year and a special summer program, approximately 160 college students help preschool children develop the skills needed to be successful in school.
Director: Tracy Farstad, MA
Children's Campus supports positive child development through quality care and education for approximately 95 infants, toddlers and preschool children. The Children's Campus also provides opportunities for teching fellowships and student internships in a variety of disciplines such as education, nursing, child development, psychology, and social work. Faculty and student research is encouraged to improve best practices in early care and education, and the facility serves as a site for observation to augment classroom instruction. The Children's Campus has been designed and staffed with highly qualified professionals in order to meet state and federal licensing and accreditation requirements and is supported by an advisory council of participating parents, faculty, and staff.
Coordinator: Kim Davalos, MA
Investing in Degreed Educational Attainment (SF SEED) is a fiscal incentive program designed to support early educators as they advance toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Incentives are restricted to individuals who work at least 15 hours in a licensed child care center-based or family child care program and attend a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning. Not all who are eligible for SF SEED will receive an award. Applications are prioritized based on an applicant’s demonstrated commitment to degree attainment, progress toward degree and commitment to early childhood education.
Coordinator: Dr. Lynette Landry, RN, Ed.D
Office: Burk Hall 371
The Diversifying Leadership in Nursing program identifies and supports underrepresented students in San Francisco State's MSN program interested in pursuing a PhD to become faculty, clinical leaders and researchers. The program encourages students to explore various aspects of health inequities and matches students with clinical nurse researchers in a variety of fields throughout the Bay Area. Working with their preceptors, students have the opportunity to learn research methods and to see first-hand how research findings are applied in clinical settings to improve health. Students receive stipends for summer research as well as preparation for the Graduate Records Examination. By developing professional leaders from underrepresented and underserved communities, the program aims to rectify existing health inequities and improve the quality of care, as well as promote greater participation in health screening, education, and prevention activities within communities.
Director: Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D
The Family Acceptance Project is a community research, intervention and education initiative to study the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health, mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Results will be used to help families provide support for LGBT youth, to develop appropriate interventions, programs and policies, and to train providers to improve the quality of services and care they receive. The project is funded by The California Endowment, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and individual donors.
Director and Professor: Dr. Rene Dahl, Ph. D.
The CAD department, housed within the College of Health and Social Sciences, began accepting students in the fall of 1998 and today is one of the top ten degree programs on the SFSU campus. As of summer 2010, more than 900 SFSU students have declared CAD as their major. The department has four full-time tenure-track and one part-time tenured faculty members. As an interdisciplinary major, CAD courses are taught not only by CAD faculty but also by faculty from seven different SFSU colleges. Concentrations are offered in the areas of Young Child and Family; School Age Child and Family; Youth and Family Services; and Research and Public Policy. To aid in workforce development and student transfer, CAD courses are brought directly to students at City College of San Francisco.
Director: Lygia Stebbing Ed.D
The Metro Early Childhood Academy was developed to support the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities. Metro Academy is collaboration between City College of San Francisco Child and Family Development Department and the Child and Adolescent Development Department at SF State. Metro gives students personalized support for college success through in-class academic support and tutoring. At the core of Metro Academy is a learning community made up of two linked courses each semester, pairing a general education course and a Metro Child Development course. After completing the Metro program students are prepared to continue taking courses for completion of their major requirements with the necessarily skills for college success.
Promoting Achievement Through Higher Education (PATH) is an initiative aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education in the City of San Francisco by supporting the current workforce participants in obtaining their Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development. PATH hopes to eliminate many of the challenges and barriers for early childhood education to graduate a four-year institute. PATH ensures that students’ needs are met by guaranteeing seats in child and adolescent development courses in a structured pathway. Following this pathway will ensure a timely graduation from San Francisco State University. This program provides students with personalized support for college success. PATH includes the Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development (Lower Division) and PATH Upper Division.
Executive Director: Dr. Gary Selnow, Ph.D.
WiRED International's mission is to provide medical and healthcare information, education, and communications in developing and war-affected regions. We can connect doctors to doctors virtually anywhere. We also link grassroots communities directly to essential health information. WiRED's information centers are locally run and become a central part of the communities they serve. WiRED has set up nearly 100 health information centers in 12 countries on four continents including the Balkans, Africa, Central America, and in the country of Iraq. Providing equipment, coordination, and contacts, we offer vital medical information to communities coping with the challenges of war, poverty, and dislocation. Within a single day, WiRED can convert an empty room into a technology hub with global reach – some places so remote we must use solar panels to power the equipment we provide. We promote local collaboration and equal access for professionals and everyday people alike. Our Medical Information Centers (MICs) provide up-to-date medical information to doctors and other healthcare professionals. Our Community Health Information Centers (CHICs) provide health information to people at the grassroots level – often the only source of medical information available to them. Currently, WiRED is collaborating with faculty in the SFSU School of Nursing to develop educational modules for dissemination on the telemedicine website to health professionals who cannot access continuing medical and nursing education.