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News - February 24, 2017

Child-development nonprofit pleads for financial help

Staff: Funding gap threatens subsidized care for low-income kids

by Elena Kadvany

Facing a financial crossroads, the Palo Alto nonprofit that provides subsidized after-school and child care services to more than 100 low-income families is asking the school district to cover in full what its leadership says is an unsustainable gap between rising costs and stagnant state funding.

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Posted by member
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

Early intervention, bang for buck - this is a prime example of a better area to fund than changing names of Jordan, Terman, and Cubberly!

Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

PACCC is a valuable community resource. It deserves support.

Posted by Penny
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:17 am

This would be money well spent. Please do it.

Posted by Addison Parent
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

Add this to the cost of Full Day Kindergarten, which now looks to be up to $1 million a year. It takes revenue away from PACCC, which then comes to the district to be made whole. If PACCC stops performing the state contract, that will increase the achievement gap. Another great idea brought to you by Max McGee!

Posted by Another Addison Parent
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

PACCC is an amazing organization providing quality child care AND pre k. Both of my children attended these programs and their experiences were extraordinary. I was not even aware of the state contract or the DEEP waiting list for these services. Step up PAUSD, this is where you will see a difference!

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

An an amazing program. One of the reasons I was able to return to the place I was born and raised! These types of programs nuture and care for our community for years to come. Our less than fortunate resident children deserve no less! And too any help from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation? Saving in all kinds of ways is priceless!!!!!

Posted by PACC Supporter
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Let's stop the "me too" raises for administrators. They might think twice about giving raises if their salary was not part if the "deal". (If I authorize a raise, I get one too. Yeah for me)

Posted by Richard
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 25, 2017 at 3:53 pm

I really can't say enough good things about PACCC and in particular BBKC where my kids thrived in their after school program. Dedicated professional staff and a terrific program. My kids really missed the teaching staff, activities, and BBKC community when they moved up to Middle School, I did too.

I sincerely doubt PAUSD could manage the contract half as well as PACCC, would likely further add to the cost with unnecessary layers of PAUSD overhead, and almost certainly, the kids would be the losers. This seems like an easy decision for PAUSD; pay PACCC to fully implement the state contract, or pay more, and probably get much less, by getting the contract handed back to them.

Posted by Just me
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Or pausd can drop the contract and try to shame the state to pay what it costs to deliver the service in Silicon Valley. If pausd makes up the $400k paccc shortfall, 3 teachers get fired. Do you think that's the better choice?

Posted by member
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

PACC didn't anticipate or plan for Palo alto full day kindergarten. that is a management error.
This non-profit already gets $515,000 of our tax dollars.
Two suggestions:
1. Look at management and its error in planning for the future;
2. Look at more rigorous fund-raising as other non-profits do.
3. Publish full expenses and income as a non-profit so that potential donors can see how well this is managed.

No reason to put more tax dollars into a non-profit at this time. Fiscal management seems to need buttressing.

PAUSD already has serious fiscal issues that were unexpected: I expect that the Board and Supervisor will rectify this quickly and prevent this from happening again.

It would be irresponsible for the PAUSD to give the requested $400K plus to an outside agency when PAUSD is facing fiscal constraints.

Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

@ member - They are a non-profit (501c3)and they do publish full expenses, income, etc.. Just go google their 990.

It is a great, well run organization, but I hope it helps people realize that the "affordable" care act has made health care unaffordable, and the minimum wage is zero when you can't afford to hire people.

Posted by BBKC parent
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

My daughter goes to PACCC (BBKC) since kindergarten. We love the program because of its great teachers, fun programs and its location. We actually are planning for our 2nd child attending BBKC when he is in kindergarten. We have no idea that PAUSD made the change of full day kindergarten. This is a real serious issue and it will be terrible if PACCC has to leave because of this reason.

Btw, I can testify the long waiting list of the pre-school program. We waited for more than 1 year and eventually had to go to a pre-school in Mountain View.

Posted by Elena Kadvany
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

My name is Elena Kadvany; I'm the Weekly's education reporter. I'm working on a broader story about affordable childcare in Palo Alto and am looking for current or past PACCC families to speak with. If you are interested in talking with me for this story or might know other parents with children in PACCC programs, please email me at Thanks very much!

Posted by PA Parent
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Our family also deeply appreciates the BBKC staff and program. The full day kindergarten idea was brought up and implemented far too quickly, with no time for an organization like PACCC to react. While I think Max McGee has done a good job in other areas, he should have taken the time to understand our district and the work that PACCC does before forcing full day kindergarten on the district.

It is also a bad idea to redirect so many of our resources to kindergarten when that population is shrinking and there is a bubble of students going through our very large middle and high schools.

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