Sheila Wong remembers her experience as a child in BCNC’s Acorn Center for Early Education and Care as a time where she had ample space for dramatic and pretend play, and she was cared for by her teachers. Sheila’s involvement with BCNC continued after preschool - she worked in the Recreation program and then was one of the first Youth Center staff when it opened in the 1990s.
Now Sheila has a family of her own. She considered the BCNC community a “second family,” so the decision to enroll her own children in BCNC’s childcare center was easy, especially given the sense of connection to BCNC she developed. Sheila explains: “I searched a lot of childcare programs, even around the Chinatown neighborhood, and everything led me back to BCNC. I really liked the program when I was young, and the way that we all seemed like family here. I knew my kids would be in good hands.”
As a parent, Sheila has been able to witness her own children experience the same warmth and care she did when she was young. “I love it that the teachers are so caring. It’s reassuring for a parent to see that the teachers care for them almost as if they were their own kids.” BCNC continues to impact families across generations, like Sheila’s, in the community.