SF Mayor London N. Breed Leads Ribbon Cutting and Kicks Off Community Open House

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Thursday, June 24 at 11am
San Francisco’s Mission Neighborhood Centers Inc.
Opens Its 12
th Early Care & Education Facility
www.mncsf.org

SF Mayor London N. Breed Leads Ribbon Cutting and
Kicks Off Community Open House

24 June 2021 – San Francisco, CA:  As California reopens, San Francisco’s esteemed Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (www.mncsf.org) turns its sights to serving its core constituency – families – with the opening of its twelfth early learning center,  MNC Mission at 1954 Mission Street. Located in the La Fénix housing development, the center will serve 42 children and families with high-quality, wrap around services and is comprised of one pre-school, two toddler, and one infant classroom. MNC Mission will officially open with a community open house on Thursday, June 24, 10am – 1pm. San Francisco. At 11:05 am Mayor London N. Breed will cut the ribbon at the facility and make remarks. 

“From children’s services to healthy aging and disability, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. has been serving the community with empowering multi-cultural, cradle to rocking chair services for 60 years,” said Richard Ybarra, CEO for Mission Neighborhood Communities, Inc. “Mayor Breed has shown her commitment from day one to the health and welfare of our families here in the Mission, and we’re honored to have her with us for this event. Also, we’re especially proud of our team for its creative planning and re-use of this historic community property.” 

“Now that San Francisco is reopening and our economic recovery is underway, it’s more important than ever that we continue expanding affordable, high-quality education and childcare opportunities,” said Mayor London Breed. “That is why we launched our Women and Families First Initiative, and why we’re continuing to invest in centers like this one through City programs, because we know that we need to do more to support our youth and families.”MNC Mission provides much needed early care and education for low-income families residing in the Mission and addresses the increasing need for early care and education in San Francisco. According to the SF Child Care Planning and Advisory Council, 6,122 children (ages 0-2) and 5,567 children (ages 3-5) in the city qualified for subsidized early care and education; 93% of subsidy eligible 3-5 year olds obtain care, while only 27% of infants and toddlers are able to obtain subsidized care.

“Access disparities exist based on race and ethnicity,” Ybarra said, noting that in 2017, 50.3% of childcare spaces were not available to children of working families. “2020-2021 has shown how critical early care and education and childcare are to supporting our workforce and is key to rebuilding a strong post-COVID economy.”

According to Ybarra, over 43% of Hispanic/Latino 3 to 5 year olds were not enrolled in preschool or kindergarten, compared with less than 33% of their Asian American, white, and multiracial peers. Recognizing this incredible need, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. partnered with Mission Housing Development Corporation to obtain the space in their affordable housing development and received funding support from the Low Income Investment Fund for construction costs. Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc is supported through funding from the Office of Head Start, the California Department of Education, and the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education.

Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. is San Francisco’s preeminent Latino-led community-based organization. For over 124 years, in 62 of these years in early care, MNC has been at the forefront of providing early childhood education, social and supportive services to low-income youth, families, and seniors in an engaging, inclusive, culturally appropriate environment that promotes community empowerment and economic prosperity.  For more info, please visit: www.mncsf.org