We strive to improve childhood outcomes for young residents in San Francisco–emotionally, socially and academically.
We strive to increase parents’ capacity to raise healthy children. We offer parents facing obstacles a welcoming, culturally-affirming place to find a range of supports.
Growing Our Impact
What the Research Shows
Annual Return on
A Nobel Prize winning economist’s latest research shows that every dollar invested in high-quality birth-to-five early childhood education for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% annual return on investment, significantly higher than the 7-10% return delivered by preschool alone. Good Samaritan specializes in birth-to-five coaching and programs for local Spanish-speaking families.
Kindergartners in San Francisco Were “School Ready”
Only 62% of entering kindergartners in San Francisco were “school ready,” according to a recent study. Affordable preschools– such as our licensed, dual-language Child Development Center– give an important boost to local immigrant children who tend to be less ready for kindergarten.
Good Samaritan’s Parent Community Focuses on School Readiness at Home
Family engagement in activities with young children, such as singing songs, reading together, and playing as a family, helps to boost children’s kindergarten readiness. About 85% of adult participants in Good Samaritan’s parent leadership programs and 75% in our parent support programs improve their understanding of how to support their child’s school readiness at home, and report reading to their child at least three times per week.