Richmond Center is located off Geary Boulevard, close to Lincoln Park on 33rd Ave, inside Pine United Methodist Church. We strive to provide a safe, healthy, and motivating learning environment for children ages 3-5. Teachers use the Creative Curriculum to support children in developing their social, emotional, language, gross-motor, and cognitive skills.
Our curriculum is based on the interest of children and their individual needs. Children get hands on experience in science, music, reading, writing, math, art, nutrition, and much more. Our dedicated and experienced staff is passionate about education and work hard to ensure that children thrive. We believe that a child's enjoyment in learning is the key to their academic success.
Our center serves 30 families from many different cultural backgrounds in two full day classrooms. As staff, making each family feel welcomed and respected are among our top priorities. Parent involvement is always encouraged and welcomed. Supporting families as a whole is important to us. We provide a parent resource area, informational bulletin board, and conduct workshops on a variety of topics that include: health, mental health, education, and parenting skills. Parents are encouraged to give suggestions for lesson planning and to participate in class activities. We look forward to working collaboratively with families to enrich children's lives.
After being a stay home mother for six years, Xiao May Lu's journey with Kai Ming Head Start began with her two children both attending the program for two years and both graduating from Kai Ming Head Start. During the time her children were enrolled in Kai Ming, she was able to continue her education, improve her English, and gain skills necessary for employment. As a Kai Ming parent, Xiao said, "I have benefited from the program because I feel more confident about my life and have more motivation to work hard for myself and my family. I was encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and participate many workshops at Kai Ming. I had the opportunities to attend parenting workshops, nutrition workshops, children safety workshops, and car seat safety workshops." Through attending the parent workshops and volunteering in the classroom, Xiao gained confidence in her ability to work well with children and she said, "I have found my interest in working with families and children related services, and I would like to pursue a career in Child Development. My time as a volunteer in the Kai Ming Head Start program was well spent, and the personal rewards gained from working with young children influenced and shaped my career goals. Kai Ming has motivated me to be a hard working person who truly opens to learn new things. I have been feeling good for myself and have become an advocate for my families and friends." Xiao has worked hard to gain experience as a part-time teacher assistant at Kai Ming Head Start, and more recently she has been hired as a full-time Kai Ming Assistant Teacher. Xiao is also currently working diligently toward her degree. Kai Ming Head Start truly makes a difference in families.