Construction is beginning on a $14 million preschool and teacher-training institute, touted as a model in care and education for infants, young children and their families.
A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday celebrated the launch of Educare of California at Silicon Valley, on the campus of Santee Elementary, southwest of the Highway 101-Story Road interchange.
The 28,000-square-foot school, expected to open in August 2015, will provide year-round full-day care and education for 168 children from infancy through preschool, as well as parenting education for low-income families. The Educare institute will offer training in early childhood education to public school teachers, high school students and others.
The center will be one of 21 schools in the national Educare Learning Network. The local effort is a partnership of 16 public institutions and private groups, including the Franklin-McKinley School District, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and FIRST 5 Santa Clara.
The center is part of the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative, a multiagency effort to coordinate education, healthy, social services, housing, public-safety and community development in the Santee neighborhood, to improve student achievement and reduce poverty.