“There’s endless talk about educational disparities at the elementary, high school and college levels. But evidence shows that the problems start even before kindergarten. Kids who attend preschool do better in later school years, but such early learning programs are not universally available in the U.S. In 2016, about 58 percent of three-year-olds and 34 percent of four-year-olds were not enrolled in preprimary programs. Cost is a central reason: These programs are expensive, and families in lower income brackets can’t afford them. The result is that the kids who often need the most extra help are the least likely to get it... Read More
The San Diego Union Tribune covers the new Guy C. Clum Fund at The San Diego Foundation. As a part of this effort, EES is the proud recipient of
$1.5m over the next three years to continue supporting children throughout San Diego. Read about it here.
The Governor of California signed a new State Budget prioritizing Early Childhood Education!
(June 2017) After ten years of advocating for fair eligibility requirements, we have finally succeeded! The signed state budget this year marks a HUGE win for California families who receive subsidized childcare. Eligibility guidelines - that had not been updated for an entire decade - will finally reflect the state median income of Californians in 2017. The new budget also implements 12-month eligibility for children and families in subsidized programs.
What does this mean for EES families?
This means that MORE families will qualify for the high quality care at EES. It also means that families who are currently enrolled at EES don't have to be afraid to accept raises at work, to take on extra hours, or worry about losing their childcare in the middle of the year. This new budget ensures stability for families to plan ahead, work, and continue striving for a better future without worries of volatile childcare opportunities. It also allows EES and other childcare centers to better plan and support families as they continue working and learning.
It's time to celebrate! It's also important, however, to also remember that there is always more work to be done.
Check out this parent voices article for a quick overview of the impact of the 2017 state budget.
Robin Layton, EES President and CEO is the San Diego Business Journal's 2016 Most Admired CEO in the Education Category
The SDBJ Most Admired CEO Award recognizes Robin as a true local leader and honored her determination and insight that has yielded huge successes for San Diego's must vulnerable children and families... Read More
EES Children and Families in Linda Vista to benefit from the Linda Vista Kindergarten Readiness Network
United Way Grants Nearly $2 Million to Four Community Partnerships
SAN DIEGO (May 22, 2015) – United Way of San Diego County is granting nearly $2 million to four community partnerships that are working collectively to help the youngest San Diegans and their families.
EES is excited to be included in these partnerships and a key partner of the Linda Vista Kindergarten Network...Read More
EES: At the Leadership Table for the Vista Partnership for Children
The Vista Partnership for Children (VPfC) includes multiple stakeholders supporting local youth, all gathered around one table, working toward a common goal: improving opportunities and life outcomes for all children in the region. By convening key partners – nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, teachers, parents, health and human services and other organizations – a tree has been planted in Vista... Read More
Union Tribune Recognizes EES' Outstanding Educational Programs
On February 20, the Union Tribune featured an article highlighting our amazing programs and our longtime CEO and President, Robin Layton.
The article, entitled "Can't afford preschool? Call EES" provided details on Robin's commitment and dedication to early education and demonstrated the impact EES has made throughout San Diego.
EES and VUSD Partnership Making a Difference for Children
On December 5, 2014, the Vista Unified School District celebrated six years of successful early childhood education partnership with EES. Over the past six years, EES and Vista Unified have provided free and reduced-cost preschool services to over 3,000 preschool students (ages 3-5 years old) on ten campuses across the district. Students move up to kindergarten better prepared, more socially adept and already acclimated to their school. Just one of EES's successful school district partnerships - a win-win for schools, students and families. Our successful collaboration was highlighted on page 3 of the VUSD Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation Newsletter (Nov/Dec 2014).