Monday, March 8, 2010

The 3rd Annual Little Red Wagon Awards and Celebration

Mai Mai Ho,
Retired Director of APA Family Support Services

Mary Gregory,
Vice President and a Senior Program Officer
at Pacific Foundation Services

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30–8:30 pm

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Live music, food, beverages, and caricaturist!

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door

Tickets can be purchased in advance:

At our Center or mailed to:
Little Red Wagon Awards
Portola Family Connections
2565 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134

Saturday, February 27, 2010


A Forum on Our Future:
The State of Public Education in 2010

Join Citizen Hope, San Francisco Women's Political Committee
and the New Leaders Council for a Forum on Public Education

Monday, March 1, 2010
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tenderloin Community School
627 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA


It's the year of the Tiger ...


Child/Parent Drop-In Specials Available through March:

  • Purchase a 5-day card ($15) - and get one day FREE
  • Purchase a 10-day card ($30) - and get two days FREE
  • Rainy Day cards are available for $5 -- for 5 rainy days ($1/day!)
Contact: Lupe Alvarez, Admissions Coordinator, at
extension 160

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

"Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have
transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we
learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war.
But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7
wired world causing us to lose as much as we've gained? ..."

See how your children are being impacted by technology as presented by Frontline's
In Digital Nation:Life on the Virtual Frontier.


"Playing To Learn"

A great Op-Ed piece by Susan Engel that appeared in the New York Times on
February 1, 2010. Family Connections also believes strongly in this approach to
child development and we use this model to work with parents in helping them
to understand the value of play in their child(ren)'s education.


Things to keep your eye out for:

Excelsior Family Connections is proud to unveil Next Steps at the Ocean
Avenue site! This is a new addition to their programming. Modeled after Portola
Family Connections popular Preschool readiness program, Next Steps at EFC
will be in the afternoons and will begin this month! We are so proud of this
achievement, as it shows the continuous growth and hard work of the staff at
Excelsior and Portola Family Connections!

Summer Program registration will take place in MARCH. Stay tuned for dates.

Our annual Little Red Wagon Fundraiser will be in April.
Check back for dates, location and honorees.

In spite of the looming budget cuts on the lcoal and state level, Family Connections
continues to thrive and to serve our families in the Portola and Excelsior communities.

We thank you for your support in 2009, and look forward to 2010!

Our Vision: The families of the Portola and Excelsior communities will continue to have access to multicultural/ multilingual resources and neighborhood support services that provide opportunities for community-driven initiatives and strengthening individual skills to create a safer, healthier, and empowered community in which to raise children.

Our Mission:Family Connections exists to develop strong, healthy families and to build thriving communities in the Portola and Excelsior neighborhoods. Family Connections provides opportunities for people of different backgrounds to work together cooperatively, sharing cultures, values, knowledge and resources.

Contact Info: Portola Family Connections
2565 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134
Tel: 415-715-6746
Fax: 415-715-6898
Email: (Portola Branch)
On the Web:

Excelsior Family Connections
49 Ocean Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Tel: 415-333-3845
Fax: 415-333-6483
Email: (Excelsior Branch)
On the Web: