Preschool Aged Children Smiling and Having Fun


Downloadable Reports and Documents


2015 Family Child Care Tenant Rights & Eviction Protection

CPAC's Priorites for Children's Fund & PEEF- Approved November 2013

CPAC Needs Assessment- 2012-2013

CPAC Needs Assessment 2012-2013 Executive Summary

2013 Bleach-free Disinfection & Sanitizing for Child Care

2012 Citywide Plan for ECE and OST

California Comprehensive Early Learning Plan-2013

2002 Child Care Needs Assessment

2007 Child Care Needs Assessment

2007 Child Care Needs Assessment (Executive Summary)

Bay Area Council- Investment in Early Childhoodl Programs

California Child Care Portfolio (California Data)

California Child Care Portfolio (San Francisco Data)

California Early Care and Education Workforce Study

California Young Children and Their Families (First 5 California)

Children Now 2010 California Report Card

Cost Model of Quality Child Care in San Francisco 2010

ECE Workforce Study- Family Child Care San Francisco

ECE Workforce Study- San Francisco

Next Social Contract for Primary Years of Education (New America Foundation)

RAND Studies on Child Care- Prepared to Learn

San Francisco Fact Sheet- Self Sufficiency (United Way)

SF CPAC Inclusion Committee Strategic Plan 2005-2010




Citywide Initiatives

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     Operations

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

Phone:  415.575.5727

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

Phone:  415.343.3334

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:

  • Provides seamless, fluid coordination of services and supports for the early childhood workforce.
  • Involves ECE providers citywide at all levels of professional development, including center- and family child care providers, new and more experienced providers, and throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
  • Provides services and supports that meet the needs of ECE providers, requiring provider-responsive service provision.
  • Is sensitive to the cultural and language diversity of ECE providers and the children and families they serve.

Contact: Lisa Lee, First 5 San Francisco

Phone:  415.934.4855

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

Phone: 415.255.3639


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:

  • High quality curricula, and environments that have been evaluated for quality
  • Well-trained and skilled early childhood teachers
  • Enhanced learning activities in creative arts and science
  • Tuition-free part-day enrollments; or, discounted full-day enrollments

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

Phone:  415.934.4854




California Budget Project Legislation
Analyzes the Governor’s budget each year and prepares briefing papers and other publications. 

Child Development Policy Institute
Provides information on legislation and budget issues concerning the child care and development field.

Children’s Advocacy Institute
Provides legal and budget research on children’s issues; produces annual Children’s Budget, legislative report card, analyses of legislative budget issues. 

Department of Finance
Website has access to Governor’s budget (January), May revise, enacted budget, and change book.  Also has information on budget process, definitions of terms, historical perspective.

Legislative Analyst’s Office
Publishes analyses of the Governor’s budget, annual fiscal perspectives and issues, as well as long-term forecasts. 

On the Capitol Doorstep
Publishes a monthly newsletter on state and federal legislation affecting children (since 1971).  Conducts annual budget policy workshops. 

Curriculum Writing Materials

High Scope Educational Research Foundation
An independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public advocacy organization dedicated to improving the life chances of children and youth by promoting high-quality educational programs.

Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC)
A program that offers information and access to resources to help caregivers and their program managers develop sound infant-toddler care policies.

Resources for Infant Educators (RIE)
A nonprofit organization that is working to improve the quality of infant care in any setting: home, center-based child care, hospital, and infant groups. 

Teaching Strategies, Inc
Offers high quality curriculum materials, training programs, parenting resources, and staff development services that are practical, developmentally appropriate, responsive to the needs of the field, and which reflect the most innovative thinking in hopes of enhancing the quality of early childhood programs.   

Educational Resources

Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS-NRC)
An organization that works in partnership with the Infant/Toddler Specialists at the regionally-based Quality Improvement Centers to ensure that Early Head Start programs have information and training on “best practices” on a range of topics.

Marion Wright Edelman Institute
Based at San Francisco State University, the institute serves as a powerful tool of outreach, advocacy and research.  It also houses an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program in Child and Adolescent Development.

National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL)
A national early childhood research project supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research & Improvement and operated by the FPG Child Development Center, UNC- Chapel Hill. 

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

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. 

National Institute for Early Education Research

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.

National Institute on Early Childhood Development & Education

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

California Association for Family Child Care (CAFCC)

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. 

Family Child Care Association of San Francisco

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. 

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

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. 

Child Care Aware

A nonprofit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. 

Children’s Council of San Francisco

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. 

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.

San Francisco Early Head Start and Head Start

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. 

Wu Yee Children’s Services

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. 


California Family Resource Association

A voice for organizations and individuals that serve California’s children, families, and communities. 

Children’s Council of San Francisco

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. 

Early Childhood Resource and Training Center

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.

National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)

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.

San Francisco Child Care Providers Association

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

California Association for the Education of Young People (CAEYC)

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.

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (CCCRRN)

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,

California Children & Families Commission (CCFC)

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. .  

California Early Childhood Mentor Program

A mentoring program for child care professionals, providing advanced training for experienced child care workers who wish to become Mentors to new practitioners. 

Child Care Law Center (CCLC)

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

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.

Infant Development Association of California (IDA)

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. 

Infant-Toddler Consortium of California

A collaboration of individuals and child care agencies dedicated to advancing the quality of infant and toddler care.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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. 

National Black Child Development Institute

A nonprofit organization (since 1970) that provides and supports programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents, and their communities.

National Child Care Association (NCCA)

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. 

National Network for Child Care (NNCC)

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. 

San Francisco Early Childhood Professional Development Project

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. 

San Francisco Family Support Network

A unique partnership of stakeholders in the Family Support field, including families, community-based organizations, public departments, and private foundations. 

Zero to Three

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.

Resources for Serving Children with Special Needs/Disabilities 

California Early Start

An organization dedicated to evaluating and assessing an infant or toddler and providing appropriate early intervention services to eligible children.

Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy

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. 

Child Care Inclusion Challenge Project

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. 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)- Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

A nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

A national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, administrators, journalists, and students. 

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

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.