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North Beach center is located at 1170 Columbus Avenue (between Bay and Francisco) just a walking distance away from Chinatown. Our center has two classrooms that are both full day and serves forty families. We have a beautiful outdoor playground with a small learning garden where children can explore, ride bikes or use outdoor equipment.

North Beach Center is a dual language demonstration site. This site was one of ten schools chosen by Preschool for All to be a demonstration site in the city. Both English and Cantonese are spoken throughout the day by teachers. This way children’s home language is supported while they learn English at school. We also support children’s home language other than Cantonese by working closely with parents to ensure children retain their home language while learning English. Being bilingual is a valuable asset in life and your child will benefit tremendously by being part of this exciting program option.

We have a cozy children’s library on site (donated by Capital One) where families can borrow books or read with their children. Teachers also use the library with small groups of children to foster their literacy development.

We hope to work with you, your child, and your family.

Nesanna Lee
Site Manager

Center Story

Knowing that Kai Ming Head Start is an inclusive program that serves 10% children with disabilities, Jack's parents enrolled him in the program. Jack's parents initially had many concerns about his learning and development. Soon after joining Kai Ming, his parents started to be amazed by the progress Jack was making. Before coming to Kai Ming, Jack didn’t like going to school.

His families have found that Jack become healthier, happier as well as more active and independent. Jack was a premature baby when he was born. He didn’t eat or sleep as well as most of his peers. He was still using bottles when he came to Kai Ming. Gradually, with teachers’ persistent care and guidance, Jack has learned to drink from a cup and feed himself. His parents are thrilled to see him gaining weight and self-help skills. Though Jack’s language development is relatively slow, he is making progresses: he has gained more vocabularies, and become more willing to talk and interact with teachers and peers. Jack used to be a quite shy kid, and didn’t like skin to skin contact with others, even with his parents. One day when mom came to pick him up at school, he asked mom to get down to his level, and gave her a gentle kiss! Mom was so touched and burst into tears! She felt as sweet as honey! She wondered what kind of magic the teachers used to help Jack make such an amazing change.

Jack’s mom is so grateful that with Kai Ming’s support and help, Jack and everybody else in the family is able to sleep and eat well, be less stressful and more focused on work or school. “Kai Ming did not only help Jack, but also saved our family!” said she.

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