San Rafael City Schools is pleased to share the opening of the San Rafael Early Childhood Education Center at Short School (35 Marin St, San Rafael) for the 2024-25 school year! We are proud to partner on this endeavor with our longstanding partner Community Action Marin (CAM) as we work together to serve children who are primarily 3-4 years old. Designed specifically for these young learners, the campus will provide many unique opportunities and benefits.
It will be home to several programs, including:
The Short School campus is being transformed to accommodate young learners. Renovations and updates include: surplus material give-away to staff and neighboring districts; painting and carpeting the interiors; reroofing portables; renovating the playgrounds and bathrooms with age-appropriate equipment and fixtures; and supplying right-sized classroom furniture and materials. The work is estimated to be completed in August 2024 prior to the start of the school year. We anticipate having on-site administration and office staff available, and transportation will be offered for SRCS families. The number of students on campus will fluctuate depending on the day and time, but we anticipate using all 10 of the facility’s classrooms.
The campus will support the District’s growing TK program. TK is a high-quality early learning program the year before Kindergarten. There has been a phased-in implementation, and soon, all four-year olds will be eligible. Classrooms are language rich and joyful and promote learning through play, social emotional growth and self-regulation skills.
At one time, the Short facility served as an early childhood education center. It then was an elementary school and in 2019, SRCS shared that it would close after the 2019-20 school year. A Short School Community Taskforce was highly engaged in the process and helped make the recommendation, and in early 2020, the Taskforce recommended the Board pursue a path to primarily use the space for early childhood education programming. Read more background about the closure and more details about the Taskforce recommendations for future use.
We look forward to keeping our community updated as we prepare to launch the San Rafael Early Childhood Education Center at Short School!
About Community Action Marin (CAM)
As the county’s official antipoverty agency, Community Action Marin's mandate is to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty. Our mission is to make it possible for people to achieve well-being by providing the vital services they need to thrive. Our agency is grounded on a whole-family approach to ensure all-around stability and economic vitality for our community, driving equity and self-sufficiency for all. We are the largest non-profit provider of social services to individuals and families of low income in Marin County, serving over 20,000 individuals annually across our key service areas. Together, we break down barriers that get in the way of fair and lasting change for all Marin residents. Learn morre about CAM.