Educare

Women Leaders: From the Classroom to the Board Room

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November 6  |  Education  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s food for thought . . . My professional title is CEO, but my favorite title is “daddy.”

Raising two little girls – Jessica, 8, and Siena, 4 – has reinforced the work we must collectively do to empower more women leaders.

The statistics, even in egalitarian Silicon Valley, are startling:

  • While 51 percent of our population is female, only 18 percent of the students studying engineering in American universities are women.
  • Only 4 percent of corporate executives are women, and according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, women make up only 9 percent of corporate board directors in Silicon Valley.

For Silicon Valley to remain economically competitive, we need to raise all of our kids – girls and boys; Hispanics and Asians, Blacks and Caucasians – to succeed in school and in society.

In 2014, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group plans to step up its efforts – with more Women & Girls Leadership Summits, with our inaugural Men & Boys Leadership Summit, through our 1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds tutoring initiative, the Educare Early Childhood Learning Center in East San Jose, and our inaugural Heart & Soles 5K fun run for healthy meals for kids.

Our daughters, and sons, need mentors and role models, coupled with inspiration and opportunities, to rise and reach their full potential. To join any of our efforts, please contact me at cguardino@svlg.org. To grow the role of women in our board rooms, we must ensure the success of young girls in our classrooms.

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Educare: Impacting Thousands of Kids in Our Community

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September 18  |  Education  |   Carl Guardino

Ninety percent of a child’s brain development happens before age 5.

Yet ironically, our formal K-12 education system in the United States doesn’t begin until a child turns 5.

Enter Educare. Educare is an early childhood education center first launched nearly 10 years ago in Chicago. Today, there are Educare Early Childhood Education Centers in 20 communities across our country.

Educare focuses on under-served children and their families from birth to 5 years old, providing quality early childhood education for the children, and a full range of education and health services for their families.

Educare of California Silicon Valley will be based on the Santee Elementary School campus in East San Jose’s Franklin-McKinley School District. While it will be life changing for the 200-plus children it will annually serve, the game changer about Educare is its strength as a force-multiplier, a teaching hospital if you will, to educate 600 to 1,000 early childhood education teachers from throughout the region on an annual basis.

Since each early childhood education teacher annually instructs and cares for eight to 20 children, Educare Silicon Valley will annually impact at least 5,000 kids with quality pre-school.

In Silicon Valley, we are accustomed to leading the way. Yet sometimes, we can learn from the efforts of others. Building Educare in Silicon Valley provides us – and under-served kids and families – with a life-changing head start to succeed in Silicon Valley. To impact this effort, visit educaresv.org.

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