Director: Lygia Stebbing, EdD
Office: GYM 105
The EDvance program consists of a constellation of programs within the Marian Wright Edelman Institute and in the CAD department that create pathways to a B.A. for early childhood educators. Programing includes pathways for lower division students (Metro CAD) and upper division students (CAD PATH). Students participating in the lower division pathway (Metro CAD) also have the opportunity to participate in the EDvance Jumpstart Early Practicum to gain hands-on experience in the classroom as well as coaching from mentor teachers. All program participants are encouraged to apply for the incentive programs offered though EDvance as they are advancing towards their B.A. These fiscal incentives aim to support early childhood educators while going to school and working in the field of early childhood education. EDvance is funded by the City and County of San Francisco, the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, the SF Foundation, and Jumpstart national (Americorps).
Program Coordinator: Alicia Torres, MA
Office: GYM 109
Child and Adolescent Development Chair, SF State: Soyeon Park, PhD
The Metro Early Childhood Academy was developed to support the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities. Metro Early Childhood Academy is a program that offers courses though the Child and Adolescent Development Department at SF State for students with an interest in early childhood education. Metro CAD gives students personalized support for college success through in-class academic support, case management, and tutoring. At the core of Metro CAD is a learning community promoted by two cohorted courses per semester that pair a general education course and a Metro Child Development course. After completing the Metro CAD program, students are prepared to continue taking courses for completion of their major requirements with the necessary skills for college success.
Workforce Coordinators: Licette Montejano, Christine Nevarez, & Angela Aquilizan
Office: GYM 107, GYM 104 & GYM 103
Jumpstart SF is an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization created to engage young people in service-learning to enhance the quality of low-income preschool settings. The Jumpstart program has partnered in the work of supporting children and families alongside the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for over 20 year. The Jumpstart program at SF State recruits and prepares students to assist educators in San Francisco’s preschools. Jumpstart has partnered with the EDvance program and the Child and Adolescent Development department to develop an early experience program for SF State students interested in working in the field of education to gain hands-on experience in the classroom as well as coaching from education professionals. The students are placed in preschool classrooms and paired with a mentor teacher who will support the students’ experience in the classroom.
Pathways Manager: Chirstine Nevarez
Office: GYM 106
Child and Adolescent Development Program Chair: Soyeon Park, PhD
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 current and new workforce participants to obtain their Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development (CAD). CAD PATH hopes to eliminate many of the challenges and barriers faced by early childhood educators when they attempt to graduate from a four-year institution while working in the early childhood education field. CAD PATH ensures that students’ needs are met by guaranteeing seats in CAD major courses in a structured pathway. Following this pathway ensures a timely graduation from SF State. This program provides students with personalized support for college success.
SF SEED (San Francisco Supporting Early Educator Degrees) is a fiscal incentive program for early child educators as they advance toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, as well as professional development within their current place of employment. SF SEED stipends are geared towards 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. SF SEED is partnered with the Early Care & Workforce Registry where the SF SEED stipend application is based online at www.caregistry.org.
The Family Acceptance Project is a community research, intervention and education initiative designed to study the impact of family acceptance and the rejection on the health, mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Results are 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 service they receive. The project is funded by The California Endowment, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and individual donors.
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 SF State’s School of Nursing to develop educational modules for dissemination on the telemedicine website to health professionals who cannot access continuing medical and nursing education.