Licensed Capacity and Hours
161 children at any one time. 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Monday through Saturday. (Palcare hopes to restore service to midnight and on Sundays with the support of new employer partners.)
Palcare was born of a unique public/private collaboration of individuals representing labor, employers, government and the community, who struggled for 12 years to raise the funds and community goodwill to create a unique early care and education program. Palcare was incorporated as a non-profit, 501c3 organization in 1987 and opened its doors to children on April 28, 1993. Today Palcare is governed by a volunteer Board of 19 concerned citizens and parents. A Parent Advisory Council of active parents advises the Board and staff, guides family involvement, and raises funds. Palcare’s federal tax identification number is 94-3048383
We serve over 250 families annually with early care and education for their young children aged 3 months to 5 years. (Young school-aged children may attend after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays) Families are attracted to Palcare’s flexible and extended hours as well as its high quality and affordability. Family incomes range from very low to high income. In 2004-2005, 25 – 30% of families receive scholarships or some other form tuition assistance. Families employed by Palcare’s employer partners have priority enrollment.
The Building Blocks for the Future Campaign
Palcare’s Board, families and staff have been working since 2000 to raise the funds necessary to expand Palcare to serve more young children, enhance preschool education for 4 year olds, double the number of scholarships we offer annually, and ensure Palcare will continue to provide the benefits of quality early care and education to families well into the future. We are in the final stages of our campaign to raise $2.4 million. Recently Palcare received a challenge grant for $300,000 from First 5 San Mateo County, which if met, will take us near the top!
Budget and Funding
Palcare’s operating budget for 2007/2008 is $2,697,706. Tuition pays for only about 75% of the full cost of high quality flexible childcare. Palcare provides subsidized childcare services with the support of a contract from the California Department of Education Child Development Division. Additional funding from San Francisco Airport Commission, Gap Inc., Mills Peninsula Health Services, community foundations and individuals helps us to achieve our goals to serve a broad community of families.
The Center is staffed by 51 regular full and part time staff and 5 substitutes, or on call staff. Our faculty exceeds educational requirements as recommended by National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our teaching faculty is represented by the Communication Workers of America Local #9410.