Highly Regarded Child Care Program Opens to Serve New SFPUC Employees and Community

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C5 Children’s School is pleased to announce it has opened its new child care services for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission employees and SF community in the SFPUC’s new Civic Center building as of October 29, 2012. http://www.c5children.org

Teacher and children at C5 Children's School

Teacher and children at C5 Children's School

Our program, deeply-rooted in high-quality child development and learning, will certainly flourish in this new space and allow us to build on our successes.

C5 Children’s School is a well-known, highly respected and modeled, Reggio-inspired child development and learning program with two centers in the Civic Center area. The SFPUC location marks their latest expansion to offer employees and community members high quality child care. The new C5 center will have the same combined infant through pre-kindergarten program as the others.

The SFPUC commissioners unanimously approved C5 to be the operator of the school at their regular commission meeting in March, and preparations of the state-of-the-art facility began over the summer. The SFPUC community is excited about this offering in their new building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.

Beverly Melugin, Executive Director of C5 Children’s School commented, "We're so pleased to have been selected to open the child care program at the SFPUC and they have been wonderful partners in preparing for the school. We look forward to serving SFPUC families as well as the wider community with this new, state of the art facility. Our program, deeply-rooted in high-quality child development and learning, will certainly flourish in this new space and allow us to build on our successes."

Founded in 1985, C5 Children’s School was selected for approval after a long and careful vetting process beginning last fall. The new center will serve approximately 66 children ranging from six weeks old to 5.9 years old.

Open Enrollment and Open House on November 27, 2012:

Employees of the SFPUC retain priority enrollment, with subsequent priorities to the City and County, and then general community, in that order. Enrollment is open now and the school is taking applications for available spots. Tuition rates are commensurate with those already established for schools in the area. Visit their website for information about C5 Children’s School and details for applying and enrolling.

The school will hold a public Open House from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 for interested families and community members.

For more information about the open house or enrollment at the new center, parties can email Paul Chinn at p.chinn (at) c5children (dot) org or call 415-626-4880.

More on C5 Children’s School:
C5, as it is affectionately known (coming from the five “C’s” of the original name Civic Center Child Care Corporation), began service as one of San Francisco’s first early childhood programs in a state or business building. It was started by parents of the California Public Utilities Commission Building at 505 Van Ness as an in-house child care center for employees. C5 expanded to establish a Preschool Center in the Hiram Johnson State Office Building in 1999. That center now serves approximately 80 toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarteners.

In 2002, the program began its transformation from a traditional child care program to a more comprehensive, rich, and nurturing learning and development program for young children of all ages. Its evolution into a Reggio-inspired program also has included best practices from around the world. It is now a model program that receives visiting international educators and offers innovations in quality care, parent involvement, and optimal learning and development for all ages of young children.

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