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Welcome to Family Connections
Family Connections provides educational services to low-income families including tuition-free parent participation preschool, parent education and links to community services as well as support to children and their parents throughout K-12, building a path to achievement and giving them the tools and resources they need for success.
Funding for our Nurturing Families program has been generously furnished by First 5 of San Mateo County.
In the Spotlight
Family Connections Welcomes Adam Tarnoff as its new Executive Director
“Nothing is more important to a child’s future than the relationships they form in their earliest years. That is why I am honored to be joining an organization with a proud 23-year history of leveraging early education to strengthen the connections between children and their families and between families and their communities.”
- Adam Tarnoff,
Family Connections new Executive Director
Family Connections is pleased to announce that Adam Tarnoff has been selected as the new Executive Director of the organization, effective March 28.
Mr. Tarnoff is an accomplished nonprofit executive and entrepreneur specializing in the sustainable scale-up and expansion of education programs. Adam brings over 20 years of experience as a leader in the nonprofit sector with a passionate commitment to ensuring that quality educational opportunities are within reach for children and families from under-resourced communities.
“We conducted an extensive search for an Executive Director with a successful track record in leading teams, managing growth and fundraising, and who is passionate about our mission,” said Nic Kiyasu, Chair of the Family Connections Board of Directors. “Our organization is set to grow substantially over the next few years. Adam’s broad range of skills and sustained commitment to educating low income families and children make him the ideal person to successfully lead Family Connections.”
When asked what attracted him to the leadership role at Family Connections, Mr. Tarnoff said, “Nothing is more important to a child’s future than the relationships they form in their earliest years. That is why I am honored to be joining an organization with a proud 23-year history of leveraging early education to strengthen the connections between children and their families and between families and their communities. I look forward to working in close partnership with Family Connections’ board, staff, and supporters to honor and strengthen the organization’s existing foundation, to embrace the challenges and opportunities of growth, and to realize the goals of the Strategic Plan for the benefit of the children, families, and communities whom we serve.”
Mr. Tarnoff launched his career as an educator, researcher, and program lead for various science education centers, including the NASA Center for Education Technologies and the Center for Science and Math Education at Loyola University Chicago. He went on to serve as the Director of Education for the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, where he successfully directed the strategic growth for his department. There he honed his fundraising, staff leadership and program development skills. Mr. Tarnoff and his wife recently moved to the Bay Area where he has worked as a nonprofit consultant. Among other projects, he recently supported the leadership team of a national network of Pre-K - 8 schools as they redesigned their operational models for staffing, facilities, budget, instruction, and evaluation to enable a stronger emphasis on project-based inquiry learning throughout the network. Mr. Tarnoff has served on the Board of the Amandla Charter School since 2010 and was the Chairman of the Board for four years. Mr. Tarnoff received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pomona College and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.
In addition to welcoming Adam, the Board of Directors would like to extend its gratitude to Regina Neu for her leadership and dedication as our Interim Executive Director over the past several months.
Family Connections is hiring!
Family Connections is seeking a Development Associate to join our dynamic fundraising team. Click here for full position description.
Family Connections' 2015-2020
Strategic Plan Completed
Family Connections board and staff recently completed a strategic planning process which defined the goals and objectives of the organization over the next five years. We are excited by our opportunities for growth. With the plan in place, we have rolled up our sleeves and dug in deep. If you would like to be a part of our exciting work, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the plan, click on this link.
When I started attending with my first child I knew that kids didn't come with an instruction manual, but I still needed help and Family Connections has been that guide for me. At Family Connections not only have my children learned, but I have learned as well.”
Lillian Segura, 2015 Night of Dreams Parent Speaker
Lillian with her spouse Hugo at 2015 Night of Dreams event
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