At a Glance
The County of San Mateo seeks to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential. The Board of Supervisors has allocated local sales tax funds (Measure K) to an array of services to help children and youth succeed in school and beyond.
Sowing the Seeds for a Healthy Life, One School at a Time
Helping Students Focus on Learning
Help on the Road to Literacy
Homeless, But Not Alone
Summer Challenge: Keeping the Mind from Going on Vacation
The Summer Learning Challenge aims to keep kids engaged with fun activities, events and prizes. Giants tickets, museum passes and other rewards await, including a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship. All 32 public libraries in San Mateo County are participating in summer 2017. Learn how to get involved and avoid the 'summer slide.'
Tara Currie-Martinez is a psychiatric social worker at the Family Resource Center at LEAD Elementary School in San Mateo. She is a therapist, and also a problem solver, a friendly face, an advocate, a soft shoulder, a fighter. She helps families overcome any number of struggles so students can focus on learning and teachers on teaching. Learn more.
The County, in partnership with Live In Peace, the Sequoia Union High School District and other agencies, has launched a program to help students at-risk of dropping out of high school with academic support and resources they need to complete school. Learn more about Students with Amazing Goals.
The Daybreak program helps homeless youth overcome neglect, abuse, family strife and financial troubles on the tough path to adulthood. The Board of Supervisors granted Daybreak local sales tax funds (Measure K) to overcome a financial crisis and allow the organizers to explore alternate funding sources.
Watch a video that tells the story of three homeless teenagers.
The Board of Supervisors allocated $60,000 in local sales tax (Measure K) funding over two years to expand the Healthy Living Ambassadors program run by UC Cooperative Extension and San Mateo County 4-H.
"Many children in San Mateo County do not have access to healthy food and have never seen how food is grown. Outdoor learning labs give kids real world examples of what healthy eating looks like and support students' health in the long run by integrating health early on." -- Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County Health Officer.
The transition to adulthood is a stressful time for most young people. Many foster youth, without the benefit of a stable family, experience crises that the majority of their peers do not. This video highlights the County's Supported Training and Employment Program (STEP), which provides foster youth with real-world learning and work opportunities. Local salex tax funds (Measure K) helped to expand the program to serve additional foster youth.
Help on the Road to Literacy
The Board of Supervisors in April 2016 allocated local sales tax funds (Measure K) A to support and enhance infant and toddler programs at Peninsula Family Service early learning centers in Daly City and San Mateo. The goal is to boost early childhood education so that all children are reading proficiently by the third grade.