Silicon Valley Bank & Soccer at Nia House

The Silicon Valley Bank made a generous donation to Nia House.

The Silicon Valley Bank’s grant brings accessibility and opportunity to the children and families of Nia House.  

We are grateful to receive this money, gifted to Nia House for our role as an organization that supports the economic sustainability of low and moderate income families by offering full day and year round child care through our scholarship program. Nia House provided scholarships for more than 41% of the students, offering children and families in the amount of $313,205 in the 2017-18 year. 

Nia House enables adults in our community to pursue education, maintain employment, and become educational advocates for their children. Children, ages 18 months to six years, benefit with the tools to develop age-appropriate, healthy learning habits in a safe environment with loving care. 

Nia House is using The Silicon Valley Bank’s grant to fund access for all children to participate in soccer programming. Local small business partner, Soccer2gether, sends two coaches each week to work with our children as they develop basic motor skills, soccer fundamentals, self-confidence, the virtues of teamwork and cooperation, and the health and physical developmental benefits of activity.

The Washington Post reports,

For the third consecutive year, children from low-income households were half as likely to play a significant amount of team sports as children from households earning at least $100,000, the report shows. They were also three times as likely to be physically inactive.

The troubling data is part of youth sports and public health advocates’ generational crusade against childhood obesity and inactivity…

‘If we’re really looking at being a more inclusive and healthier society, we should probably get these kids playing together more out on the field — everybody, not just certain populations that can afford it.’  
— Bogag, Jacob. “Youth sports still struggling with dropping participation, high costs and bad coaches, study finds.” The Washington Post. 16 October 2018.

Thank you, Silicon Valley Bank, for this wonderful opportunity for the children at Nia House! We are grateful for The Silicon Valley Bank’s commitment to the education and economic viability of traditionally underserved communities. 


Nia House

A Montessori Toddler & Preschool Program serving Berkeley since 1974