IHSD Teachers Connect in Solidarity During COVID Times

With very little advance notice to comply with the shelter-in-place order, IHSD followed the rest of the Bay Area and considered how to navigate uncharted waters. On Monday, March 16, IHSD quickly closed its 13 different child care program centers that serve nearly 700 children around San Mateo County. Despite needing to stay at home, IHSD teachers and staff worked diligently to consider how they would flip their infant-toddler, home-based visiting program, and preschool classrooms to support remote learning in order to remain connected with their families.

Phase 1 was an adjustment period while the entire community shifted to sheltering in place. Teachers especially not only had to assess their own tools and resources to continue working from home but also had to consider the resources and needs of the families they served. “We actually had to do a mass ordering of equipment such as additional laptops for teachers and IHSD administrative staff,” IHSD Executive Director Angel Barrios explained. “iPads from the program sites also had to be distributed to teachers at home.” 

Read more

Family Fall Traditions from the Main Office

Staff members from the IHSD main office share some of their favorite fall traditions.


Boris Bobrov, Data Entry Tech:
My fall family tradition includes celebrating the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. My mom usually does all the festival cooking and I help with the salads and the meats. We also watch football when the San Francisco 49ers play. During the fall, we also tend to do more holiday shopping and go to the auto show at the San Francisco Moscone Center ever year. I look forward to seeing all the new automobiles that are coming out for the next year. I go with my dad and brother. Sometimes my uncle is involved as well.

Photo provided by Food & Wine

Read more

Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton

In lieu of recent and tragic events around the nation, our hearts go out to the families and communities of Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. At IHSD, we are in the business for shaping lives and building a better future through quality child development and support services. Our efforts to teach young students socio-emotional skills ring especially important today as we witness hatred dividing our country. We teach our children empathy, kindness, respect, and self-control. These become invaluable lessons that we hope will manifest in our students to become excellent contributors to society. We are proud of the work we do, and we're thankful for your support as we start a new school year.

My #FavoritePreschoolMemory with Elizabeth Ponce

IHSD alumna-now-staff, Elizabeth Ponce, shares her #FavoritePreschoolMemory. What's yours?


I remember being in class with one of my favorite teachers, Ms. Lorreine (sp?). I didn't speak much English and being of an extremely shy temperament didn't help much. With her, I, however, remember feeling very safe. As I became felt more secure in my new environment, I remember vividly playing with my new friends outside at the Pacifica site that IHSD once had. I can still remember the structures that were there and how the outside area looked.

A second special memory I have is the visit from the firefighters, specifically the sound of their breathing in their masks as they showed us how they crawled on their hands and knees in a burning building. They turned off the lights to make the room feel darker and had us stay quiet, so we could hear the sound of their breathing.Read more