Established 1978

The Community Preschool Grace Cathedral

by July Westhale

Those familiar with San Francisco know it to be a city home to a generous populace; the residents of Nob Hill are a particularly philanthropic lot. It should come as no surprise that one neighborhood preschool is giving back in a big way.
The Community Preschool Grace Cathedral, a coeducational preschool that strives for a socio-economically diverse student population, has provided stellar childhood education for low-income families since 2008. Julie Harris, assistant director of marketing and communications, writes, “Dedicated to San Francisco’s spirit of rich diversity and inclusion, seven of the school’s 21 spaces are reserved for full scholarship students from the Tenderloin, and seven for students who receive partial scholarships of 30 to 70 percent, on a sliding scale–with remaining spaces given to families, some from Nob Hill, who pay full tuition.”
The mission behind the school is simple: to help families of all walks of life afford quality, early-childhood education. Based on research with strong evidence, early education points toward success in life. Since the program’s inception, the school has aided approximately 21 students per year, seeking to raise $20,000 annually from foundations and individuals. The program boasts high teacher-to-student ratios, hot healthy meals, scholarly diversity (with subjects ranging from art to science to physical education), and participation in Raising a Reader, a national program that promotes literacy and a love of reading.
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