Good Samaritan welcomes Spanish-speakers new to our organization to one-on-one meetings with a friendly, bilingual member of our team. Together, he or she will help connect your family to childcare, school, food, classes, immigration services, other Latino-friendly organizations, and more.
- Parent Support Groups
- English as a Second Language
- Parent/Child Interactive Programs
- Parent Leadership Programs
- Parent Advisory Committees
Family advocacy is available to caregivers who have concrete needs for short-term support from a member of our team. For example, families have partnered with a family advocate to prepare for a court date, complete a housing application process, address a concern at their child’s school, and more.
Case management is available to families grappling with longer-term challenges. A team member may be available to a family for several meetings and conversations over the course of 3-18 months. An intensive service, case management allows our family advocates to collaborate with caregivers/parents in creating goals, identifying strengths, and finding integrated, long-term supports.
INFANT & TODDLER PROGRAMS:
- PARENT/CHILD INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS
Parent/Child Interactive Programs allow parents or caregivers and their infants or toddlers to engage with each other in semester-long classes. Cohorts made up of parent/child duos, led by a bilingual expert in child development, focus on: parent-infant bonding, developmental milestones, brain development, reading and playing as a family, positive parenting, stress reduction, child abuse prevention, and more.
- KIDS’ CLUB
Kids’ Club is a free school-readiness program for children under the age of three years, which we purposefully schedule at the same time as our most popular adult programs (e.g. Horas Felices, Abriendo Puertas, and our English as a Second Language program). Our young enrollees practice their gross and fine motor skills and play in an inquiry-driven, bilingual environment. Kids’ Club teachers, all of whom are licensed preschool educators, engage with parents at pick up and drop offs, coaching them to replicate early learning activities at home. Our teachers also assess children for possible developmental delays and work with parents to address concerns early in a child’s life.
DUAL LANGUAGE PRESCHOOL EDUCATION:
Good Samaritan Child Development Centers: Two convenient locations in the Mission District in San Francisco
-1294 Potrero Avenue
-2050 Folsom Street.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL SKILLS: Young learners are inspired to be kind problem-solvers with a growth mindset. Through teacher-led projects and playtime, students build healthy relationships, express and make choices, and understand and talk about their feelings.
DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNING: Bilingual teachers lead discussions, activities, ignite creativity, and language development. Students learn rhymes, gain exposure to reading and writing, and engage in problem solving in English and Spanish.
AMAZING TEACHERS: Panama, Brazil and Mexico — our teachers come from all over Latin America. Passionate and experienced in developing skills for dual-language young learners, they are constantly continuing their education.
SCHOOL-YEAR PROGRAMS & SUMMER CAMPS
YOUTH PROGRAMS: We offer social-emotional supports, enrichment opportunities and bilingual adult allies to striving students in Southeastern sections of San Francisco.
ACADEMIC & SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS: Our youth development professionals provide excellent academic support year-round. Whether you’re in a school year or a summer program, young people receive support for their academic development while growing and thriving.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Trained staff provide students with behavioral health and wellness support. Students explore and form their identities in a judgment-free space. Trauma-informed care practices create a positive learning environment for every student.
STEM, SPORTS & RECREATION: Students are introduced to a wide range of healthy lifestyle activities in our programs. From science, art, and technology to different sports and enrichment activities, students are introduced to a variety of opportunities to nurture their minds and bodies.
SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS: Between 4-7pm at select SFUSD schools.
- Willie Brown Beacon Program (6-8th grade)
- Vision Academy (K-8)
- Latinx-Newcomer Support Groups (K-12)
SUMMER CAMPS: From June to July, Monday-Friday, 8:30-3:30pm, San Francisco
-- Vision Academy Camp (K-5) Fun camp activities that also boost academic skills. Campers create a “vision” for living their life.
-- Willie Brown Camp (6-9th Grade) Through projects, campers learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
-- Mission Mapaches Camps (6-8th grade & 9-12th grade) Activities for newcomer students to build self-esteem, bi-cultural identity, and belonging.
-- Soccer Camp (K-5) Spanish language camp to learn soccer in an outdoor setting and develop life skills.
-- Jardin Secreto Camp (K-5) Learn to garden, cook, create art and theater, and develop life skills by working together. (Bilingual)