Case For Support

All children deserve the best possible start in life.

Research shows children who attend preschool programs where they learn empathy and respect for themselves and others are more successful in school and as adults.

Unfortunately, thousands of SF families with young children lack access to quality affordable childcare.

Many early childhood education programs lack a critical social-emotional component, even though research shows that children who learn empathy at a young age are better prepared for adulthood.

Further, new parents often suffer from feelings of isolation and San Francisco is a transient community, so people often don’t have support systems or family nearby.

Mission Kids creates an environment that fosters empathy, respect and love of learning that nurtures each child into reaching his or her full, creative, intellectual, social and independent self.

Our commitment to bi-lingual, play-based learning, and our focus on social-emotional learning in the classroom provides exactly the supportive environment every preschooler needs.

We are a co-operative in which parents spend time working in the school with the children and staff. We engage families to parent as a community and our community extends beyond the school where families support each other and build long-lasting friendships.

We are thrilled to be moving towards a new phase of our school, and building a brand new facility all our own. Our beautiful new campus at 969 Treat will be the jewel of childhood early education in the Mission.

Our new building will be designed specifically for the needs of our students and our play-based programming. Working together, our staff and families will create a supportive community that will allow kids to thrive and succeed.

In our new space we will reach over twice as many families as we currently serve. At the moment, Mission Kids provides a fantastic preschool experience for 50 families every year. Our school includes families of all races, ethnicities, religions and economic backgrounds representative of San Francisco’s rich diversity. This income diversity is one of our many strengths. In fact, we operate under a city-supported program for pre-schools that are mandated to serve a majority of low-to-moderate-income families. Programs like ours, where children of different income levels are placed together in classrooms, have been shown to have positive long-term outcomes for children of all backgrounds.

(“High Quality Preschool: The Socioeconomic Impact of Preschool Classrooms and Children’s Learning,” Reid & Ready)

In our new facility, we will be able to serve 100 families—double our current number.

As a trusted partner of the City of San Francisco, Mission Kids has consistently received the highest possible quality rating standards in our annual evaluation by the Office of Early Care and Education.

The school received a certificate of honor from the Mayor in late 2012 for dedication to providing children of all economic backgrounds a safe and secure place for social and emotional growth, another show of support for our amazing school.

We have received strong community support from community partners, local government agencies, and neighborhood groups—these are listed here.

  • San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education (OECE)
  • Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
  • Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
  • Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD)
  • Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF)
  • First 5 of San Francisco
  • Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
  • Calle 24 (Latino Cultural District)
  • Mission Greenway
  • Friends of Parque Niños Unidos
  • Dolores Street Community Services

969 Treat will be our forever-home and the school will no longer be plagued by the uncertainty and rising cost of San Francisco real estate. Owning the space means we will have control over the hours of our school and will likely be able to offer parents more benefits, such as aftercare for students.

Mission Kids is at the start of an exciting new chapter for our school. We plan to continue to serve families in San Francisco for decades to come!