our impact

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ABOut our school

We currently operate one program site in East Palo Alto, California, and will be opening our second program site in Hayward, California, in 2020.

272 children

were served by our program during the 2018-2019 school year.

18 MONTHS - 7 years old

are the ages of children we serve through our program

100% OF INCOMING FAMILIES

have a family income below 65% area median income for San Mateo County ($95,350 for a family of four in 2018).

47% OF SCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS

have an Individualized Education Program (20%) or receive specialized support services (27%)

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

Our flagship school in East Palo Alto reflects the racial and ethnic makeup of the community and focuses on children and families who can benefit the most from our program. As we grow to new communities, we will continue to build programs that reflect local diversity and values.

 
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STARTING EARLY

One of our core strategies is to start working with children and families early, focusing on early prevention and promotion of language and social-emotional development so children are ready for preschool and kindergarten.

 
 
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BIRTH TO THREE PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Our Birth to Three program offers developmental screenings, parent wellness and coaching support, parent-child playgroups, and a preschool readiness program for parents with children as young as 18 months.

100%

of children under three have been screened for developmental delays

92%

of referrals have been followed up on by families with children under three who may qualify for support services

62%

of families engaged with a mobile app called Sparkler to support their child’s learning at home


I like the fact that we’re able to stay in class [in Bridge to Preschool]. We were able to see our son become more independent and grow on his own. He’s more careful, more gentle, and has learned to share.
— Parent of toddler in our preschool readiness program

KINDERGARTEN READINESS OUTCOMES

Many children are entering kindergarten already behind because their families were not able to access high-quality preschool programs and other early childhood support services. We offer full-day preschool for three and four year olds. The outcomes below represent the age-appropriate skills of our four-year-old preschool students at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

LITERACY AND COUNTING SKILLS

 
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social-emotional development

79% of four year olds are meeting or exceeding social emotional benchmarks, based on teacher-reported student assessment data using the Social Skills Improvement Rating Scales-Social-Emotional Learning Edition (SSIS-SEL), which assesses self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness.

 

partnering with parents 

One of our core strategies is partnering with parents and caregivers, supporting their growth alongside the growth of their children. Through our parent-focused programming, we work alongside parents on their goals to support their development as parents and individuals.

 
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PARENT GROWTH

83%

of parents this year reported resilience in how they manage responsibilities, care for their children, solve problems, and achieve goals (versus 70% of parents last year)

92%

of parents this year reported that it is easy to ask for help for their child (versus 69% last year)

89%

of parents report that there is at least one other person in their parent circle that they can talk to if they need support with a personal issue

goals achieved by parents

66% of parents reported making progress on their own personal goals during the 2018-2019 school year

Financial Goals

  • Saved $3,500 and on track to save $7,000 by November 2019

  • Set up automatic monthly deposits in savings account

Education and Employment Goals

  • Completed GED

  • Found and started English classes

Health and Wellness Goals

  • Started exercising consistently throughout the week

  • Started eating healthier food by cooking at home and meal planning


When we don’t know how to do something, other parents have ideas for how they overcame a problem. And you learn that way by other parents going through the same thing.
— David, Parent

PARENT FEEDBACK

parent satisfaction

100% of parents surveyed* report that they are satisfied with the overall quality of our program.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

92% of parents surveyed* feel that we encourage them to be an active partner with us in educating their child.

 

*Based on anonymous survey responses from 80% of families.


Before I came to this program, I had lost hope. I did not have a job, I lived in a single room with my whole family, and I was depressed. Since coming to The Primary School, I have a home with more rooms, I have a job, and I am happy. I now have resources that I did not know about.
— Parent
 

INTEGRATING SERVICES

One of our core strategies is to integrate services to support a child’s holistic growth. We work closely with outside experts, including health care providers and other community partners, to coordinate care for children. 

 
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INTEGRATION OUTCOMES

98%

of children have a medical home

97%

of children have had a well child visit, preventative dental screening, and vision screening in the past year

97%

of children had a children’s circle three times this year, when their parent, parent coach, and teacher came together to discuss their progress across academic, soul, and health outcomes


It’s been so helpful to be able to communicate with children’s teachers, interventionists, and support staff to understand their overall health and well-being and gain insight into how they are functioning and behaving in a home and school setting.
— PEDIATRIC PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, RAVENSWOOD FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT

Check out our Annual Report to read compelling case studies, outcomes from the 2018-2019 school year, and a sneak peek at what’s we’re planning to tackle next.

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PAST ANNUAL REPORTS

2016-2017 | 2017-2018