Transitional Kindergarten

Community ECE dialogue with SFUSD EED

December 8, 2021

The San Francisco Early Care & Education Advocacy Coalition (SF ECE Advocacy Coalition) invited San Francisco Unified School District’s Early Education Department (SFUSD EED) to join with community-based early care educators to discuss the expansion of the Transitional Kindergarten in San Francisco. The SFUSD EED staff included, Meeno Yashar, Chief of Early Education, Marieke Rutkin, Director of Systems and Operations, Early Education Department, Pamela Geisler, Director of Fiscal and Data, Early Education Department, Jennifer Delos Reyes, Executive Director of Program Quality & Enhancements, Early Education Department, and Raul Erazo-Chavez. Sara Hicks-Kilday, ECESF, and Naeemah Charles, Children’s Council, facilitated the event.

In preparation for today’s conversation SF ECE Advocacy Coalition and ECESF collected questions from the community that will shape today’s dialogue. They fell into four main areas.

  • Planning & Implementing Transitional Kindergarten
  • Transitional Kindergarten that fits family need
  • SFUSD Capacity: Teaching Workforce, Facilities, & Program Structure
  • Maintain, Stabilize, and Synthesize Current 0-5 ECE Systems

The full set of questions are available here.

About the San Francisco Early Care & Education Advocacy Coalition

SF ECE Advocacy’s purpose is to build campaigns for a sustainable ECE4All, with families, children, and educators of 0-5 year olds as primary constituents—who “get” that great working conditions are necessary for great care & education—so frame advocacy with this lens.

The coalition came out of work as an AdHoc coalition to pass Prop C, then Prop F, and the realization, as fantastic as the Prop C victory was, the estimated $120M annually is not yet enough to build universal ECE with the support needed for great working conditions, and family & child supports. Children’s Council & ECESF agreed to come together to build an ongoing coalition focused on this goal.

See the SF ECE Advocacy Coalition Charter, still in draft form

Check back soon for notes.