Mission: In Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco Counties, a person making minimum wage would need to spend 62-83% of their income on child care . In the same area in 2005, 8-13% of children ages 0-5 lived in poverty . Our program addresses these community needs by providing free or low cost high-quality childcare services to low income families.
While children are in our program they also receive two healthy meals and one healthy snack a day. For many children, these healthy meals represent 75% of their daily nutritional intake. Our program goes beyond basic child care. Every day, our teachers work to provide a rich learning environment for the children they serve. Our curriculum is child-focused because we believe children learn the best when they are interested in the subject.
We are also fully inclusive of children with special needs and are able to offer early intervention services to parents and children in our program. Kidango recognizes that families living in poverty or ?just getting by? have extra stresses on their daily lives. To help meet this need, we have mental health counselors who work with families in need of mental health services.
Kidango works to support the whole child and their family in order to help families create strong beginnings for their children.
Programs: *Child Development: 85% of families using our services are from low income families.
*Infant: 417 infants a year
* Preschool: 1,809 children a year. The children in our program achieve significant results when they reach kindergarten as assessed by the school districts.
*School-Age: 259 students a year. Children receive before and after-school tutorial and enrichment services.
*Center & home based early intervention: We serve 190 children with disabilities a year. Students with disabilities are fully included in our classrooms. We also provide home-based care where an Early Intervention Specialist visits the home of the child and helps both parent and child. Children in these programs show significant developmental growth.
*Mental Health Program: 210 of families are supported through our mental health program. Families who utilize these services are better able to cope with the other stresses in their lives and improve parenting skills, family interactions, and overall welfare and health of family and children.
*Teen Parent Program: Up to 81 teen parents utilize our Teen Parent Program a year. This program has reduced significantly death, child abuse, drug use and gang violence, as well as significantly increased the graduation rate of teen parents of the infants in our program.
* Early Head Start/Head Start Programs: Serves 276 families in extreme poverty. This program provides children with services including dental screenings, nutritional assessments, and vision/ hearing screenings.
*Community Family Services (CFS) program: Kidango?s Community Family Services (CFS) program contracts with Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN) providers to provide child development services to low income families in Santa Clara County. CFS has served children and families in Santa Clara County for 35 years and has an outstanding reputation.
I am a parent of 2 children here at Kidango. My daughter has been in the program since an infant and my son in preschool. Kidango has taught them so many wonderful things to get them ready for Kindergarten. My wife and I have to be at work all day long and I feel very comfortable with Kidango taking care of my children all day long.
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I believe Kidango provides a wonderful environment for each child to explore and discover many possibilities who he/she wants to be.
Kidango is a very acceptance place as well as very family oriented.
As an agency, Kidango put people first!!!!