Three C's, Culture, Compassion and Connection for Preschool children, a Social and Emotional learning curriculum.

3 C's cultivates cultural and diversity appreciation, compassion toward their pre-school peers, and a sense of connection between them.

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

As a Child Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker of 5o + years, I have seen the long term negative consequences of ethnic and other types of bullying on children's lives, scars that last long into adulthood, resulting in symptoms of depression, low-self-esteem, social anxieties and lack of confidence. Newcomer, immigrant, English Learner children can be especially subjected to scorn and ridicule by their American born peers, resulting in inhibition, withdrawal and under-achievement.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French, Caucasian)

If you chose to self-identify your race, ethnicity, or origin, please share here: (the answer will not be public)

Italian-American, 2nd generation.


Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • California

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

San Jose, CA

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • California

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

San Jose, Fremont, South SF Bay

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lack of understanding in the host community and insufficient receptivity toward new-comer immigrants and refugees Early on, the problem of bigotry, racism and dehumanization is addressed in this project, enabling young immigrant child to feel more welcomed.

3 C's, a social and emotional learning curriculum for pre-school children: The 3 Elements for prevention of Bullying of English Learner, immigrant children in later grades in diverse public school settings:


Multicultural diversity social and emotional learning education through fun activities, exercises, art and music; Connecting newcomer, immigrant children with  their peers


Developing empathy and caring through becoming acquainted with others' family life stories and experiences, the hardships and adversities which families have endured and overcome, along the steps of displacement and re-settlement


Further strengthening the bond between children by fun activities that they will enjoy together

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Children who are differently abled
  • Religious minorities (non-Christian)
  • Other

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Education
  • Mental Health

If you chose "other," please share the sector you work within here:

Refugee and Immigrant families

Year Founded


Project Stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

factr collaborates with partners in providing social and emotional learning instruction for pre-schools and child-care settings, which serve a high number of immigrant and refugee children and their families. The Curriculum was launched in two pre-school private settings: Mandala children's Center and in Little Italy Kids, an Italian language immersion pre-school and was offered in 2 one day workshop in collaboration with Little Italy Kids, San Jose, and with an Ethnic Alliance for Parent Outreach and Education. The curriculum is designed to cross ethnic students from two or three settings, for greater diversity experience, before kindergarten. The curriculum will be offered in a child-care program in Fremont soon, called Child-Leap

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

A six week curriculum was offered to the whole pre-school population of Little Italy Kids, about twenty children, and a one day workshop was offered in conjunction with Italian Heritage Day in Guadalupe Park, with a steady flow of children stopping at the 3 C's site, about 20 kids.

Organization Type

  • nonprofit/NGO/citizen sector

Annual Budget

  • $50k - $100k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are seeking grants for the initial phase of our work, and plan to do crowd-funding for individual donations. We envision contracting with pre-schools for the provision of the curriculum, for which we would hope to receive compensation. We plan to develop videos of the curriculum and to have them streamed through CreaTV and possible purchase.

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

Teaching Tolerance provides somewhat similar education but mostly for older student populations, and does not focus on immigration experiences perse. FACES, San Jose also has a camp program teaching tolerance and appreciation, but for older children. It also, while having a diversity focus, does not emphasize the immigrant experience. 3 C's focuses on cultural appreciation and the immigration experience of family displacement and resettlement. We hope to include some activities with grandmothers and grandfathers for family life story book telling, Teaching Tolerance or Faces does not.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

Social and emotional Learning for children. Health coverage for undocumented children. Immigration Reform, sparing children from family separations. Cultural Values Transmission to young children, Wisdom sharing for young children.

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

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We share common values and understanding of what is needed. You have 3 Cs; we have 5 (consciousness, compassion, courage, confidence, and community). We also have a component of our rubric dedicated to cultural sensitivity.  Wishing you the best- I trust that we will remain in touch. My best--

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