EstrellaFamilyServices.org
Overview

Estrella Family Services is a well-respected; community based non-profit who has been providing quality early learning services since 1973. Our goal is to strengthen and enrich the lives of our families in Santa Clara County. We offer a unique array of developmentally appropriate services that embody the principles of parent participation, education and cultural sensitivity.

EFS programs offer quality early learning opportunities to promote family stability as well as prepare children for school and academic success. We serve over 500 children ranging in age from 3 to 12 through a variety of programs that include:

  • Before and after school care for K-5th graders at Galarza, Gardner and River Glen Schools from August to June.
  • Full day preschool for working parents who are seeking a school readiness program with extended childcare hours (7AM- 6PM M-F). This program is available at the Paseo site.
  • Full day summer enhanced care for working parents of preschool through school age children. This program operates from 7-6 PM and includes weekly theme-based activities, field trips, cooking and science projects and time every day to reinforce reading and writing skills.
  • Part day (3 hrs.) preschool is available at Gardner, Paseo, and River Glen centers to prepare children for Kindergarten including an emphasis on literacy development and social skills.
  • A summer camping program called Kids To Camp for low-income families serving youth 5-16 years old.

 

All of our programs offer scholarships on a sliding fee scale for those who qualify.

 
Estrella Mission
Estrella works to ensure equal access to family services that enhance youth development to build the foundation for a lifetime of success.
 
Estrella Values
  • Diversity
  • Growth and Discovery
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Fun
 
Estrella Vision

Estrella Family Services will be nationally recognized as a model of excellence in early care and education and services for the enrichment of children and their families.

 
What differentiates Estrella from the rest of the industry

Estrella prides itself on serving families in a holistic approach rather than just providing child care services.  Estrella's comprehensive approach to children starts with health services, including medical, dental, vision and developmental assessments.  Dependent on the identified needs, appropriate services are offered for both the child and the family in a language and culture apropos to that family.  Estrella provides families with referrals to a variety of community resources such as housing, food banks, counseling, training, and employment services.

Estrella aids the community by helping families help themselves.  Primary to that is supplying subsidized child care to low-income families who qualify.  Parent(s) must work or attend school or formal training to maintain or improve their economic self-sufficiency.

Again, Estrella endeavors to encourage parents to participate in their own quality of life in the community.

 
Executive Director Cathy Boettcher

Cathy Boettcher has been working in the early childhood field for over 35 years. She is presently the Executive Director at Estrella Family Services in San Jose.  Managing the operations of non-profit child development programs presents many challenges and rewards for Cathy.  She is an advocate for children and families, and supports the Early Learning Workforce through her work as an adjunct faculty member at DeAnza College.  She has been involved in projects related to economic development and its connection to the early care field especially in regards to facility development.  Cathy holds a Masters Degree in Special Education/Early Intervention, and completed her undergraduate work in Sociology and Early Childhood Education at San Jose State University.  She was born and raised in San Jose, and is mom to her 15 year old Madeline.

 

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Angélica Castellanos (408) 269-7827 ext. 12

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