Downloadable Reports and Documents
Child Care Facilities Fund
In response to an acute shortage of care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund launched the Child Care Facilities Fund (CCFF), a strategic public/private partnership that works to increase, improve and preserve quality child care spaces for every child in the city.
CCFF offers child care providers in San Francisco timely and affordable financing for:
o Planning, pre-development, and construction of new and expanding facilities
o Child care facility improvements and renovations
o Start-up operating costs for new and recently expanded licensed spaces
o Resolution of urgent health, safety and accessibility issues at child care sites
CCFF provides child care operators with training, classes and one-on-one consultation with experts in:
o Facility development
o Facility maintenance
o Accounting and fiscal management
o Fundraising and board development
Contact: Candace Wong, Low Income Investment Fund
Phone: 415.772.9094 x 321
Child Care Health Project
The CCHP serves to promote the health and safety of children birth to five years, in citywide San Francisco child care settings. The goals of the program are to:
1) promote healthy and safe child care through a comprehensive, collaborative and integrative approach
2) provide health and safety consultation for child care providers and families and 3) coordinate health resource linkages between child care providers, families and community support services.
A team of health advocates and child care nurse consultants deliver these services. Services include: education and consultation on health and safety promotion and available resources, health and environmental safety screenings and referrals to health resources. The team will work individually with sites and with groups or networks of family child care providers. Eligibility: Licensed child care sites, School Readiness Family Resource Centers sites and residential treatment/shelter sites as targeted by program funders
Contact: Jane Evans
Child Care Inclusion Challenge Project
The Child Care Inclusion Challenge Project (CCICP) is a collaborative effort between Children’s Council of San Francisco (lead agency) and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. The Child Care Inclusion Challenge Project supports efforts to provide quality, inclusive child care for children who have special needs, helping their families find information and resources and child care arrangements. The Project offers free technical assistance, on-site consultation and training to providers in child care centers and FCCs. The CCICP participates in city-wide planning and coordinating councils, offers training on Inclusion, ADA, parent partnerships, and provides disability specific information to providers and parents. The CCICP is jointly funded by HSA and DCYF.
Contact: Stephanie Haren, Children’s Council of San Francisco
Citywide Technical Assistance System
The Citywide Technical Assistance System (CTAS) links San Francisco’s multiple supports and assistance programs into a coordinated TA system that supports providers to achieve high standards in quality early childhood programs. Since 2007, CTAS partners have provided mentoring, coaching and technical assistance services to licensed providers in both child care centers and family child care. Partners include the Children’s Council of San Francisco, Gateway to Quality, the CA Early Childhood Mentor Program, the Family Childcare Peer Mentor Program, the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC), the Children’s Collabrium, and the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).
The partners of the Citywide Technical Assistance System are working to create a training and technical assistance system that:
Contact: Lisa Lee, First 5 San Francisco
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Initiative
The San Francisco Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Initiative is grounded in the work of mental health professionals who provide support to children, parents and staff in ECE/child care settings and homeless shelters throughout San Francisco. The Initiative is a partnership between DCYF, the San Francisco Human Services Agency, the Department of Public Health-Community Behavioral Health Services, First 5 San Francisco, and the ECE/child care and homeless community.
Mental health consultants typically spend 8 to 10 hours per week at ECE programs (child care centers and family child care providers) and homeless shelters. Consultation services may include case consultation, direct psychotherapeutic intervention with children and families, program consultation, therapeutic play groups, referrals for specialized services (e.g., developmental and learning assessments, occupational therapy, help with Individualized Education Plans, psychotherapy), crisis intervention, parent education and support groups, advocacy for families, training and support for teachers, child care providers, shelter program staff, and other activities.
Contact: Rhea Bailey, Dept of Public Health
Gateway to Quality
The Gateway to Quality project is a collaborative effort among city agencies, community-based organizations, institutions of higher learning, child care providers, early childhood educators, and private foundations. Housed at San Francisco State University, the project began in 2002 as a pilot program to identify the quality of child care and education in San Francisco. The Harms Environmental Rating Scales were selected because they have been tested nationally for validity and reliability as evaluation tools for successfully identifying quality in center-based and family child care sites. The short term goal is to identify the status of quality in child care centers and family child care homes in San Francisco, and provide technical assistance and intensive coaching services to improve quality. The long term goal is to develop a systematic, coordinated and collaborative approach to provide high quality child care and education to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in San Francisco.
Contact: Gretchen Ames, Gateway to Quality
Preschool for All
Every child should bring a love of learning to the first day of kindergarten ….. PRESCHOOL FOR ALL is a city-funded initiative that provides a high quality preschool experience to all families in San Francisco. Preschool for All (PFA) programs offer:
Preschool For All (PFA) is a city-funded initiative to provide universal access to a high quality, free part-day preschool program to all San Francisco 4-year-olds, regardless of household income. If you are a parent with a child who ages 4-years by December 2nd, and live in San Francisco, you are eligible to enroll at a PFA site with discounted or no-cost tuition, where space is available. While PFA funds a only a 5-day-per-week, part-day program, connections to full-day services are available for parents at many participating preschools, and may require that families meet additional eligibility criteria (such as low-income for subsidized full-day care). Additional information is available by calling the Parent Information Line: (415) 354-3873, or by visiting First 5 San Francisco.
Contact: Gloria Corral, First 5 San Francisco
San Francisco Comprehensive Approach to Raising Educational Standards Initiative (SF CARES)
San Francisco CARES, created in 1999, is a community-based program designed to promote the compensation, professional development, and retention of the child development work force, with the goal of supporting high quality care and education for children and their families in San Francisco.
Contact: Alyson Suzuki
WAGES+ is a program of the Human Services Agency to augment and stabilize the wages of early care and education of classroom and support staff in participating centers and family child care homes, moving them closer to a living wage and rewarding educational attainment. Wage augmentation levels are based on “wage floors” that increase depending upon the education and responsibilities of classroom staff. The program works in conjunction with participating centers and family child care (FCC) homes to ensure that the higher salary level for the lowest-paid workers does not adversely impact the wage scales of higher-level staff. Additional funding is provided to participating centers and FCCs to support business practices. The program works with the SF CARES Initiative to ensure that the salary benefits and incentives in both programs are complementary. All participating WAGES+ centers and FCCs are required to participate in an external assessment using the Harms, Clifford and Cryer Environmental Rating Scales and Quality Improvement Plan with the Gateway to Quality Child Care Project housed at San Francisco State University.
Contact: Elise Crane
WAGES + Family Child Care
WAGES Plus Family Child Care, a program of the Human Services Agency, supports quality and professionalism in licensed family child care (FCC) in San Francisco. The program provides a monthly stipend to FCC providers to help cover the cost of care for low-income families unable to access subsidies, raises the wages of FCC teaching staff by augmenting their hourly wage, and supports FCC providers in their efforts to develop appropriate business practices by providing financial support for payroll taxes, payroll services, and worker’s compensation insurance.
Contact: Natalie Brutto
California Budget Project Legislation
Child Development Policy Institute
Children’s Advocacy Institute
Department of Finance
Legislative Analyst’s Office
On the Capitol Doorstep
Curriculum Writing Materials
High Scope Educational Research Foundation
Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC)
Resources for Infant Educators (RIE)
Teaching Strategies, Inc
Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS-NRC)
Marion Wright Edelman Institute
National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL)
An organization dedicated to strengthening service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
Supports early education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. The goal of NIEER is to produce and communicate the knowledge base required to ensure that every American child can receive a good education at ages three and four.
An institute that sponsors comprehensive and challenging research in order to help ensure that America’s young children are successful in school and beyond, and to enhance their quality of life and that of their families.
Family Child Care
Provides educational opportunities at the local and state level that will address and actively work toward meeting the child care and development needs of children, parents, family child care providers, and the community.
A diverse membership helps the field maintain a high degree of professionalism in the care and education of young children, and promotes Family Child Care as a vital and necessary service to the community.
A nonprofit that exists as a permanently organized voice for family child care at the national level. The focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations, where the assistance is provided through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and by promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC’s Family Child Care Accreditation.
A site that offers parents expert information and guidance on how to prepare for and take the best possible care of their new baby. It includes useful information about preconception, pregnancy, the baby (birth to 12 months), and the Resource Center provides a comprehensive collection of articles and news for expectant and new parents.
A comprehensive information service for parents and child care professionals alike, addressing pregnancy, prenatal/postnatal, baby and parenting issues.
A nonprofit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community.
Offers a variety of family services including free child care referrals, child care subsidy assistance so parents can work, attend school or receive training, mental health consultation, and houses the family advocacy group Parent Voices.
A partnership of parents throughout California, Parent Voices combines leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing in the efforts to increase funding, improve quality, and provide better access to child care.
Programs providing high quality comprehensive family-centered services in which each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community and families are respected as the primary educators of their children.
This agency provides a wide array of services to low income families and children in San Francisco, including resource and referral services, six child development centers, and the Joy Lok Family Resource Center.
A voice for organizations and individuals that serve California’s children, families, and communities.
Offers a variety of services for providers, including child care provider training and support, administering subsidies for the Child Care Food Program, mental health consultation, and houses the Inclusion Challenge Project and Centralized Eligibility List.
A program that promotes the optimal development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers by providing training and other assistance that translates developmental research to best practices for practitioners and policy makers.
A project of the Child Care Bureau, a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services.
Represents all sectors of the child care field including centers, family child care and community members, to ensure that every child in need gets the quality care that they deserve. Members become part of a strong active voice for children, families, and providers.
Organizations Supporting Professional Development and Quality Improvements
An organization designed to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of young children with primary focus on the provision of educational services and resources to adults who work with and for children birth through age eight.
A private, nonprofit organization that exists outside the public sector, but maintains a connection to the state through its member agencies, which combines practical knowledge at the local level with extensive experience in working on state and national child care policy,
CCFC (a.k.a First 5 California) began in 1998—it distributes funds to local communities for a comprehensive system of education, health services, child care, and other crucial programs for children ages 0-5. .
A mentoring program for child care professionals, providing advanced training for experienced child care workers who wish to become Mentors to new practitioners.
A national nonprofit legal services organization that uses legal tools to make high quality, affordable child care available to every child, family, and community. The Center is devoted exclusively to the complex legal issues that affect child care.
First 5 San Francisco is part of the statewide First 5 California movement to assist public agencies, nonprofit organizations and parent groups in nurturing early education, pediatric health care, systems change, and family support.
A multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental, social, and emotional outcomes for infants (birth to three) and their families with a broad range of special needs.
A collaboration of individuals and child care agencies dedicated to advancing the quality of infant and toddler care.
A national organization concerned with the quality of early education and care for young children. They have information for professionals, parents, and listings of related publications and conferences.
A nonprofit organization (since 1970) that provides and supports programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents, and their communities.
An alliance of care and education professionals and owners, focused exclusively on the needs and interests of licensed, private childhood care and education programs. NCCA represents a unified voice in Washington and strives to balance the quality, affordability, and availability of licensed child care and education programs.
Unites the expertise of many of the nation’s leading universities through the outreach system of Cooperative Extension with the overall goal being to share knowledge about children and child care from the vast resources of the universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public.
The goal of the Professional Development Project is to increase quality child development services in San Francisco through the promotion of recruitment and retention in the early care and education workforce. Activities include career resources, academic advising, and information on training opportunities.
A unique partnership of stakeholders in the Family Support field, including families, community-based organizations, public departments, and private foundations.
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
An organization dedicated to evaluating and assessing an infant or toddler and providing appropriate early intervention services to eligible children.
A center that aims to influence public policy by enlarging the knowledge base about families and young children. The Center’s work focuses on practices and policies.
Supports families who have children with special needs in finding and maintaining inclusive child care. Families are provided with information, education and parent-to-parent support. CCICP also offers child care providers consultation, technical assistance and trainings.
A nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.
A national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, administrators, journalists, and students.
A parent-run nonprofit organization, based in San Francisco, that ensures that families of children with any kind of disability or health care need have the knowledge and assistance they need to make informed choices supporting their child’s health, education, and development.