PREFund’s Vision for Potrero Kids (PK)
When we, the Potrero Residents Education Fund (PREFund), first envisioned our first program, Potrero Kids at Daniel Webster (PKDW), we imagined not only a respected preschool providing the highest quality care and learning environment for children, but also a neighborhood hub, where families could make new friends, find a supportive community and bring new vitality to the campus of Daniel Webster Elementary School (DW). We believe vibrant, local schools are essential for building and maintaining diverse, stable communities with deep roots.
PKDW was established in 2008 through the joint efforts of PREFund and Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC). As part of its long-term plan to help revitalize DW, PREFund proposed creating a preschool onsite to both inspire community involvement at DW and increase preschool availability in an underserved area. MNC, with its 40 year commitment to serving San Francisco and extensive experience operating nine other city preschools, was the ideal launch partner to get our community school up and running. PREFund holds a five year lease with a five year option to renew from the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to operate PKDW. As of July 2009, PREFund is the sole operator of PKDW.
PREFund secured funding to build PKDW from the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), the Eastern Neighborhoods Public Benefit Fund (ENPBF) and The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF), in addition to private donors.