The Galing Bata Bilingual Program at the Filipino Education center provides quality guidance, care, and protection (gabay, lingap, bantay) to students from Kindergarten to 8th grade during the after school hours and during 5 weeks in the summer. The program proivdes cultural and linguistic biliteracy in English and Filipino (Tagalog) and promotes the development of a healthy bicultural identity by harmonizing the Filipino and American identities of the children.
The history of the Galing Bata Bilingual Program originates from the Filipino Education Center (FEC). The FEC is originally a newcomer center that was established in the mid 1970's to help meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of newly arrived immigrant children as they adjust to their new environment. For the past four decades, the FEC has served not only newcomer children but also U.S. born children and families interested in bilingual education. Currently, the FEC Galing Bata is an after school program of the Bessie Carmichael/Filipino Education Center School. For the last 10 years Galing Bata continues to promote literacy development in English and Filipino, multicultural education, and a strong school, family, and community collaboration. The program is provided at both the Bessie Carmichael Elementary Campus on 7th Street and at the Bessie Carmichael Middle School FEC Campus on Harrison Street. These schools are the only SF public schools located in South of Market.
In 2000, the FEC received the Seal of Execellence award from the California Association for Bilingual Education for its outstanding academic, bilingual and parental involvement programs, as well as the Honor Roll School award from the San Francisco School Volunteers for its exemplary school-community collaboration.
Bessie Carmichael Elementary Campus
375 7th Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Bessie Carmichael Middle School
Filipino Education Center
824 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA 94107
Galing Bata After School Program operates 3pm-6pm during the school year & 5 weeks during the Summer.
Site Coordinator: Charmin Consolacion
School Principal: Mr. Jeffrey Burgos