Educating children. Empowering families. Enriching community.

2016 Letters From Home

A word from head teacher Duane Poteat

Head Teacher DuaneAs Head Teacher of the Starfish class, I have the joy of working with three year olds every day. Some say they envy my job while others say they’d steer clear. But I love it and can’t see myself doing anything else. When I first enrolled in college I had my sights set on becoming an accountant. I get it… numbers are clean, they are manageable, and you don’t have to clean up after them. But children are precious. They are so inspiring and eager to learn new things. I quickly determined accounting wasn’t for me, but I knew there was plenty I could do for children, especially in their early stages of development.

After going back to school to earn my teaching credentials, my path led me to the Day Home two years ago and I was happy it did. I wanted to be involved with an established organization whose 116 year history always put the value of Early Childhood Education and family support services first. I am proud to walk through the gates of the Day Home every day, because I know I’m contributing to something that is bigger than me, something that provides families with hope, education and valued partnerships. I see this everyday as parents work together in the Day Home Garden. I see it when the kids get excited to take their parents to the weekly Farmer’s Market. And I see it when our donors and volunteers rave about us when they think no one is listening. Trust me, the Day Home listens.

TeacherSmallWorking with children can be challenging, especially when those children face struggles most adults would buckle under. But the beauty of working with the children at the Day Home is that there are services and programs that help families and children in their time of need. What’s most appreciated, though, is being able to provide the kids with something special, whether it’s their very own book to take home, a new way of listening to music (their minds were blown when they heard and saw a record player for the first time!) Most importantly, though, I want to help them establish a healthy sense of self-esteem that can grow with them throughout their lives.

So, I’m thankful to be a part of the Day Home Family, but I am also thankful you are part of our family, too. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to educate and support the children and working families of San Francisco.

Join the Day Home Auxiliary

  • Participate in our Fundraising Events and Activities
  • Volunteer at the Day Home and at Off-Campus Events
  • Advocate for Affordable ECE for Working Families

Come To Our Meetings Held Quarterly At The Day Home!

For more information on how to join the Auxiliary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (415) 565-0540 ext. 203.

A Letter from Executive Director Heather Morado

Dear Friends, Every day when I cross the threshold of this extraordinary school, I am more deeply grateful to be on this journey with you – our inspiring families, our committed supporters, our talented staff, and, of course, our remarkable students of Holy Family Day Home. I have been welcomed as a member of the Day Home family and I pledge to build upon its 116 year old mission and vision.

Daily, I am reminded of the critical services we offer to the most vulnerable of San Francisco’s people. Just last month, two children were enrolled at the Day Home after both parents were deported and left with a guardian. With so much uncertainly in their young lives, the Day Home will be the invisible arms that hold and nurture these two children over the next year. We will give them a ‘home’ with caring teachers, endless opportunities for learning and enrichment, nutritious meals, and, hope – most of all, hope.

So much has been accomplished during the Day Home’s 116 years, but there is so much still to do. Luckily, we can count on you to help us provide the finest early childhood education, offer life-changing family services, and the means for all San Francisco families, especially those living in poverty, to provide for their children a healthy start and the best chance for a happy, productive future.

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Heather Morado
Executive Director

2016 Coming Home Gala: There’s No Place Like Home

Gala Co-Chairs Mary Toboni and Cece McGraw, along with the Gala committee, coordinated a wonderful event to fundraise for the children and families of the Day Home. With their passion for early childhood education and family support services, we were able to exceed our goal and pave for our children and families the yellow brick road to success. We hope to see you at next year’s Gala, May 18, 2017!

Project Night Night

HFDH’s Early Literacy Program Partner

Project Night Night donates over 25,000 packages each year to homeless children who need childhood essentials to have a predictable source of security and an increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials. Each Night Night Package contains:

  • A new security blanket
  • A children’s book
  • A stuffed animal
  • A new canvas tote bag


This year, Project Night Night partnered with the SF Giants families, and hand delivered Night Night Packages to every child!

Upcoming Events

November 2016: Thanksgiving Lunch

Our friends at the Order of Malta will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Lunch for the children and staff of the Day Home. Each year they partner with Plumpjack to help prepare, serve and share a delicious lunch in honor of Thanksgiving.

December 2016: Winter Wonderland

Our much anticipated annual Winter Wonderland will offer families first pick at new toys, clothing and gift cards to help make the Holidays a little warmer. If you are interested in contributing your time, talent or treasure, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415-565-0504, ext. 203.