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Gardner Academy Site

Estrella Family Services offers both preschool and school age care at Gardner Academy. Our full day preschool curriculum, based on individual developmental assessments, is designed to prepare our children for school. We also participate in the "Raising a Reader" program which facilitates academic success and family bonding by providing our children with a weekly bag of books to take home for the week.

Our children further benefit from the constant influx of Santa Clara University students who act as role models and volunteer in each of our classrooms. Estrella Family Services is an academic extension of Santa Clara University's Pedro Arrupe Center for Community Based Learning.

Our school age program offers opportunities for academic tutoring in addition to arts & crafts, games and sports. All Estrella Family Services' programs provide breakfast, lunch, and snack according to USDA Child Care Food program guidelines.

Estrella Family Services currently cares for approximately 700 children, ranging in age from 3 to to 12. Our families are ethnically diverse, working, primarily low income (70% are at or below half of San Jose's median income) and are mostly headed by single parents. For the majority of our families, English is spoken as a second language. To meet our families' needs, we are open year-round, from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. This promotes employment stability that leads to economic stability.

Administrative offices and our Gardner Center:
611 Willis Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

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River Glen Site

Estrella Family Services School Age Program at River Glen Elementary School is fortunate to be located on the campus of a "Spanish language-immersion" school. We have bilingual staff who possess the skills and desire to help our children with their homework. In addition, arts & crafts, recreational sports, and healthy breakfast and snacks are provided. Some of our River Glen families are funded through Alternative Payment Programs such as: Choices for Children, 4C's, or Social Services, whose fees are based on incomes. The remainder of our parents pay full tuition with a discount for the second child.

River Glen:
1088 Broadway Avenue, San Jose, 95125 View Yahoo! Map


Galarza Site

Estrella Family Services School Age Program at Ernesto Galarza Elementary School offers arts & crafts, homework assistance and recreational sports, nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks. We also provide the expertise and the environments required to assist the school with implementing their new programs such as Success for All.

Our Galarza address:
1610 Bird Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125


Paseo Senter

Estrella Family Services Preschool Program at Paseo Senter is located in the Paseo Senter at Coyote Creek. This facility provides affordable housing and on-site childcare.

Our Paseo Senter address:
1908 Senter Road, San Jose, CA  95112


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