Felton and First 5 Host Japanese Delegation
San Francisco, CA (Thursday, October 19, 2017) — East met West at Felton’s Young Family Resource Center on Bryant Street in San Francisco, CA. A round table of delegates from Japan met with delegates from Felton Institute and First 5 San Francisco to discuss similarities, differences and successful strategies for improving each other’s programs. The Japanese visitors represented city social services, county welfare departments, boards of education, and schools.
Felton COO Yohana Quiroz and her team provided a deep dive for the delegates. The dynamic discussion provided valuable details about the culture and operational structure of the Family Developmental Center with topics ranging from funding sources to time management. A question and answer period yielded inquiries and innovative ideas regarding navigating cultural differences, and many walked away saying, “Who knew?”
Representatives from First 5 San Francisco explained their role in the collaborative partnership that bolsters their mission to advance a shared commitment to support young children, from birth to five years old, and their families, with abundant opportunities to be healthy, to learn, and to grow.
The delegation was greeted by friendly pre-schoolers and toddlers as they visited classrooms and briefly met with teachers and volunteers from Felton’s Foster Grandparent program. Many lessons were learned and bridges of understanding were crossed in a few short hours.
Felton Institute was founded in 1889 with the mandate that children and families in crisis must have access to social services and resources in order to help them build upon their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. Its name honors executive director Dr. Katharine “Kitty” Felton whose innovation at the turn of the 20th century greatly expanded social services throughout San Francisco and garnered national acclaim. For more than 127 years, Felton Institute has been a leader in innovative mental health and social service programs for all.
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