After gathering $11.1 million in pledges for early-childhood education, Silicon Valley business, education and non-profit leaders will kick off a campaign Tuesday to raise the remaining $3 million needed to build a state-of-the-art center in San Jose's Santee neighborhood.

The Educare center, which will be at Santee Elementary School, would offer child care and preschool, serve families and also train teachers.

At Educare Schools, a national non-profit, teachers work with parents and children from infancy to develop pre-literacy and early math skills. The center will offer high-quality training for early-education providers and K-8 teachers from Northern California.

The $14 million, 35,000-square-foot center will include 16 classrooms, a resource center for families and the community, and a teacher professional development institute.

The effort involving multiple partners is being spearheaded by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; the Franklin-McKinley School District; the Santa Clara County Office of Education; First 5 of Santa Clara County, which funds early-childhood programs; and the Health Trust, which promotes wellness in Silicon Valley.

-- Sharon Noguchi, staff



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