This month saw the grand opening of IHSD @ Ravenswood, a new preschool serving families in the Ravenswood community, including families who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
The event also highlighted the collaborative effort to maintain a high-quality California State Preschool Program (CSPP) in the community.
When the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education decided in February that it was financially infeasible for the school district to continue to operate the Child Development Center (CDC), parents flooded the school board’s chambers to express their concerns about the closure of the school and how it might impact both their children’s education and their families’ access to the full-day preschool on which they depended.
SMCOE, the 4C’s of San Mateo County, the Ravenswood City School District, the City of East Palo Alto, the Institute for Human and Social Development (IHSD), and the Heising-Simons and Peery foundations worked together to ensure that children from the CDC as well as other families in the Ravenswood community continued to have access to an affordable, high-quality, full-day preschool program.
Because of the remarkable amount of collaboration and a shared commitment to excellence and equity in education, everyone had much to celebrate at the preschool’s grand opening. Superintendent Campbell captured that spirit in her remarks when she thanked the many partners for “their commitment to making sure the children and families of the Ravenswood community have access to quality early learning programs."
"The opening of IHSD at CDC wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many different partners, including IHSD, 4C’s of San Mateo, the Ravenswood City School District, the East Palo Alto City Council, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Peery Foundation, the California Department of Education, First 5 of San Mateo County, and the San Mateo County Office of Education," acknowledged Superintendent Campbell. "Everyone pulled together and did their part to make sure IHSD could open its doors on schedule. It is great to walk into classrooms and see children so engaged with the terrific program that IHSD offers.”