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FALL 2021 News & Updates

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Marble Run at ECKC

Video: ECKC Marble Run

Message from Board Chair

Welcome to the new school year! 

It is amazing to work with your kids at our centers. Our staff is vigilant, caring and upholding to the highest health and safety standards.

I’m Nancy Shepherd, PACCC Board Chair for 2021-2022. The Palo Alto Community and School District have been significant contributors to my family. I raised four children and have lived in Palo Alto since 1984. My oldest is a teacher at Paly and Gunn High Schools and my daughter-in-law is a teacher aid at Nixon. While my two grandsons attend Walter Hays and my granddaughter just graduated from Paly.

In the past I’ve been PTA Council President, served on Palo Alto City Council and was Mayor in 2014. I’m proud to serve this vital organization. Fun facts: Did you know that the City started PACCC in 1974 after six mothers went to a city council meeting and asked for high quality, affordable child care in 1969? Our focus to serve working families has been a constant thread throughout our years of service to the families of Palo Alto.

I look forward to continued collaboration with the PACCC Community, City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Unified School District and our greater community to support our vision: A community where children thrive, educators are valued and families are supported. Please feel free to reach out to me to learn how you may be able to support our community and its mission.

Take Care,

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Nancy Shepherd

PACCC 2021-2022 Board Chair



Infant-Toddler and Preschool

With the start of the new school year, our infant-toddler and preschool programs are welcoming many new families into their centers this month. Centers are maximizing their outdoor time with gross motor play, meal times, sensory activities and neighborhood walks



We are excited to see children back in school and in our after school programs. In September, the centers are focusing on “Service to Others” by partnering with YCS to create works of art on postcards that will be distributed to families in need through backpack drives and Thanksgiving care packages. 

We will also be celebrating National Chocolate Milk Day!


The Importance of Parent Involvement in Schooling

Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school. Students are less likely to be delinquent or drop out, and more likely to achieve higher grades and standardized test scores. Studies show that students from poor families whose parents are highly involved with their education do about as well as students from wealthier families.

Joyce Epstein of the National Network of Partnership Schools developed a framework for understanding six different kinds of parent involvement:

  1. Parenting: Families establish home environments that support children’s learning
  2. Communicating: Families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress
  3. Volunteering: Parents directly support the classroom or school
  4. Learning at Home: Families help students with homework and school-related decision making and planning
  5. Decision Making: Parents are involved in school decisions
  6. Community Collaboration: Community services are resources integrated to strengthen schools and families


Reconnect, Remember and Renew

The struggles of the past year demonstrate the importance of community and supporting one another. Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC), in partnership with Youth Community Service (YCS), will be participating in National Day of Service and Remembrance: Reconnect, Remember and Renew.

Why is PACCC engaging in this important community-wide event? Search Institute has identified building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets®—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Locally this initiative is led by Project Cornerstone in partnership with the school districts, city government and youth serving organization like PACCC. 

The National Day of Service and Remembrance uplifts Asset #9, Service to Others—Children have the opportunity to perform simple but meaningful and caring actions for others. During the first week of September, our children will learn why performing simple but meaningful and caring actions for others is important to self and community through art. Their artwork will be placed in personal care packages being made for local shelters and agencies.

Be part of the 2021 Mid-Peninsula National Day of Service and Remembrance: Reconnect, Remember and Renew

  • Ask your child about the art they created for someone in need
  • Register for a service project for your family
  • Become a sponsor

The Center for Children and Youth offers the highest standards of clinical care and parent education to support children, teens, and their families. They provide strategies to address complex mental health issues and parenting concerns with the latest evidence-based treatments and resources.




Celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day and Teddy Bear Day

Monday, September 27 and Thursday, September 9

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Prepare for Fire Season While Supporting PACCC's Children

Get ready for wildfire season early. Stock up on needed supplies like masks, water bottles and medicine. HALO masks offer protection against smoke fumes and combustion particles, ensuring that your whole family is safe. Use this link to place your order and PACCC will receive 20%.

Thank You To PACCC Partners and Community Supporters

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  • CA Department of Education
  • City of Palo Alto
  • Kiwanis of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Palo Alto Community Fund
  • Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund
  • WestEd E3 Institute

You Shop,

Amazon Gives to PACCC

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When you shop on Amazon Smile using,

Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to PACCC.

Register PACCC as your charity today.

You can also use Smilematic, a free Chrome extension that will automatically turn your everyday Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile donations. You’ll never miss an opportunity to raise money for PACCC!

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