Mission: Ensuring every child is on a path to thrive in kindergarten and life
We're delighted to share some amazing national media coverage for Kidango! NBC News looks at how early childhood mental health consultations are helping preschool teachers manage difficult childhood behaviors.
We're so proud to shine a spotlight on such an important topic, and to have the wonderful work of our teachers and staff highlighted to a national audience!
2019 is a special year for Kidango as we celebrate our 40th birthday. A huge thanks to everyone who helped us get where we are today, and here's to the next 40!
Kidango’s commitment is to ensure all children have access to the best opportunities for growth, focused on education and health. Its preschools and early learning centers ensure that children—regardless of family income or background—have access to the academic and social opportunities needed to be prepared for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning. Founded with a single center in 1979, today Kidango serves more than 4,000 children in five counties and is one of California’s largest not-for-profit child development agencies.
At Kidango, it’s all about TEAM. Whether it’s our amazing teachers leading in their classrooms, our expert mental health clinicians and early interventionists visiting with families, our team that prepares over 5,000 healthy meals each day, or our outstanding administrative staff keeping everything running smoothly and beautifully, every team member at Kidango is special.
At Kidango, we believe in YOU. We believe everyone should be on a career path that they are excited about. That is why we lead our industry in providing tuition reimbursement for college courses. We also provide high quality professional development and coaching that gives all our teachers the skills they need to be successful. If you love to help young children get ready for success in school and life, then you will love working at Kidango. If you want to move up a career ladder that is meaningful and leads to a professional wage, then Kidango is the place for you.
Employees are giving the option of participating in Kidango’s 401(K) retirement program, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), a commuter benefits program, and an agency-wide Wellness Program.
We seek to promote growth in all of our employees through access to high quality training and coaching, college courses, professional conferences, and certifications.
In addition to competitive vacation and sick time, we happily provide 9 paid holidays per year.
We are proud to offer an innovative benefit package options for individuals and families along with dental and vision coverage.
Our vision is that all children have the skills they need to be ready for success in school and life. Making this vision a reality is one of the greatest and most important challenges any community faces. Research shows that low income preschoolers are up to two years behind their upper income peers in early language and math development. It’s a primary reason why over half of California’s 3rd graders are not proficient in either language or math.
That is why we are working with experts from some of the best research universities in the world, including the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. Our goal is to understand what the most critical skills are that children need to learn, how teachers and parents can impart these skills, and then measure our success by looking at the growth each child makes throughout their preschool experience. This is our continuous quality improvement system, which is outlined in the circle below. Ultimately we want to know how our children do in 3rd grade, which is the first year California tests student proficiency in language and math. We want Kidango kids to show how it can be done!
“At Kidango, we want every staff member to feel like they are part of a family. We are constantly seeking out new ways to ensure every team member feels appreciated, empowered, and inspired by their work. “
Most of our staff work in small teams, so it’s easy to forget that Kidango is over 500 strong. We are a results-oriented, open-door organization that constantly seeks new ways to delight and inspire our team members. Most recently, we held our third annual Wellness Day – a day-long all-staff retreat focused on ensuring all team members have the tools they need to do well physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
I have been working at Kidango full-time (More than 8 years)
A rewarding nonprofit to work at! This organization not only deeply care about making a difference in the lives of low-income families, but also cares about the teachers and staff that make it happen. Teaching staff also have the opportunity to grow professionally through the Education Advancement Program. Every year, we have received consistent pay increases company-wide. We also get to all participate in a fun annual event called Wellness Day, where we get to do Zumba, PaintNite, etc. with our fellow colleagues.
We're pretty big and spread out in the Bay Area so it's hard to meet everyone on a regular basis.
Advice to Management
Continue to host morale-boosting activities, such as Wellness Day and GEM. I can really see the difference in the work culture ever since we started doing these!
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Kidango (Fremont, CA) in June 2018.
I submitted an application via an external jobs site and was contacted by a Kidango HR rep asking me to resubmit via their website. After a short screening call, I had a 1:1 interview with the VP I'd be reporting to. A few weeks after that, I had an interview at the main office which included the same VP, the CEO and a few other staff. I also met the other members of the Comms team. For the second interview, I was asked to bring a plan and press release of how to promote a bill Kidango had sponsored being signed into law.
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