Philanthropy Now podcast: Can we bridge the gap between early learning and elementary school?

With our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

A significant number of Silicon Valley students enter kindergarten not well-prepared or ready to learn, and when kids arrive behind, they stay behind. Erica Hays, preschool director and elementary school principal for the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, and Kelli Leavell with Making a Difference join SVCF's Christine Thorsteinson, PreK-3 program and research coordinator, to talk about early learning being vital to all future learning. Hays shares community-level examples from Pescadero.

Christine Thorsteinson
Christine Thorsteinson, SVCF Center for Early Learning PreK–3 Program and Research Coordinator.
Kelli Leavell
Kelli Leavell, Program Facilitator
Erica Hayes
Erica Hays, Preschool Director and Elementary School Principal


What you will learn:

  • What PreK–3 means, and how this approach can create a strong foundation for future learning.
  • Why it’s so important to focus on early learning.
  • The reason early learning and elementary systems have historically been disconnected.
  • What needs to be taken into account when building a PreK-3 system.
  • The important aspects of a high-quality early learning environment.
  • One of the best places to start when building PreK-3 learning communities.

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