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HIPPY programs empower parents as primary educators of their children in the home and foster parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences. HIPPY USA supports the development and operation of programs in communities across the United States through ongoing program development and technical assistance informed by research and public policy.
Noe Valley Nursery School, a cooperative preschool, was started in 1969 by a group of San Francisco parents in the Noe valley neighborhood. We continue to be a community of parents interested in taking part in our children's preschool experience. All families share in the planning and operation of the school. Our parents staff the school under the direct guidance of a qualified master's-level preschool teacher. Our school is a proud and active member of the California council of parent participation nursery schools, which has also been serving San Francisco families since 1969. At NVNS, we welcome all ethnicities, religions, orientations, abilities, and backgrounds. We are one inclusive community, and we celebrate our differences.
More than twenty years ago, four college students asked each other: What if we could offer children from under-resourced communities individualized attention before they enter kindergarten, giving them the critical academic and social skills—the ‘jumpstart’—they need to succeed? The idea took hold and today Jumpstart has trained more than 45,000 college students and community volunteers, preparing nearly 100,000 children for kindergarten success. Jumpstart’s program is replicated across the country in 14 states and the District of Columbia. We leverage partnerships with higher education institutions, community organizations, Head Start programs, community-based preschools, and school districts to create sustainable solutions in order to close the kindergarten readiness gap.
Operation Breakthrough's mission is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving, and educational environment. The Center also strives to support and empower the children's families through education, advocacy, referral services, and emergency aid.
Child360 (formerly LAUP) advances early education program quality and capacity by supporting the development of the whole child, growing a qualified and diverse workforce, and strengthening family engagement. We create and sustain strategic partnerships and advocate for policies that promote access and program excellence.
The expectation is clearly understood by all members of the community that social responsibility and impeccable ethical standards are as important as intellectual, athletic and artistic achievement. As a single-sex school, the Academy provides opportunities for leadership in academic endeavors, athletics, student government, visual and performing arts, community service and School publications.