Retirement Transition Information

Your Questions, Answered!

We know you may have questions about Monica’s announcement and the legacy of incredible work during her time here at Wu Yee Children’s Services. Click the questions below to find answers and more information about all that Monica has done here.

Transition Details

  • A committee of seasoned board and community members is moving forward with a broad search to identify a new CEO.
  • The search firm Carlson Beck has been retained.
  • The committee will engage with Wu Yee staff and external stakeholders to inform the profile and search for the next leader.
  • Current contracts will not be affected or impacted by the leadership change.
  • Existing multi-year grants and grantmaking relationships are secure.

How has Wu Yee been transformed in the past 12 years?

  • Wu Yee expanded to a citywide presence and the largest Head Start/Early Head Start provider in San Francisco.
  • Wu Yee fulfilled a commitment to move toward inclusive, multilingual, multicultural and multiracial enrollment and programming.
  • Our work on Baby Prop C elevated visibility and significantly increased funding for Early Care and Education programs in San Francisco.
  • Wu Yee launched a new Workforce Pathways/Early Childhood Teacher Apprentice program to prepare new Early Educators in the field.
  • A FY23-26 strategic plan is in place.

Child Development Services

  • Wu Yee’s Head Start/Early Head Start Centers grew from 5 to 12, now serving 460 children a year.
  • The Network of Family Child Care Homes expanded to 46.
  • The Home Visitors program helps 120 children, pregnant women and families.
  • Two new Early Education Centers are under construction in the Visitacion Valley and Transbay neighborhoods, to serve 120 more families.

Family and Community Services

  • Wu Yee’s Resource and Referral program helps 1,000 families with early care and education.
  • Administers $35M passthrough dollars to provide families across San Francisco with Early Learning scholarships.
  • We launched the Early Learning Hub with supportive services in the Bayview.
  • The Joy Lok Resource Center relocated to beautiful SF Parks and Recreation park site to serve 300 families a year.

Family Child Care Education

  • The Family Food Care program fed 1,500 in 2023.
  • The Family Child Care Coach/Trainers support more than 250 child care businesses.
  • Wu Yee has received grant awards to launch an Worforce Pathways/ Early Childhood Teacher Apprentice program in 2025.
  • Wu Yee’s budget grew from $12 million to an anticipated $100 million this year.
  • The organization grew from 103 to 279 employees.