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CPAC partners with local ECE organizations collecting and analyzing data related to supporting families and the positive development of children and youth in San Francisco.


Research shows 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5. Quality early child experiences create the foundation for learning and development later in life.

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Supporting center and family child care educators is essential to ensure children and families have access to high-quality early care & education.

Community Partners

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Office of Early Care & Education (DEC)

DEC administers programs that help San Francisco families access and pay for high-quality early care and education, and that offer early learning providers quality improvement and financial support. Early learning programs that partner with DEC prioritize quality and continuity of care, support the early childhood education workforce, and help ensure that San Francisco’s youngest children have access to high-quality early care and education.

DEC Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC)

DEC is assisted by a Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), a nine-member group appointed by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to advise DEC on its work and provide strategic input.

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First 5 San Francisco

First 5 San Francisco receives local and state funds that it invests back into the community through work and funding to more than 450 community grant programs dedicated to the well-being of children and families.

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Children’s Council

For more than 45 years, Children’s Council has been the heart of child care and early education in San Francisco, advancing the belief that high-quality child care can transform lives and communities.

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Wu Yee Children’s Services

Wu Yee Children’s Services believes nothing is more essential than excellent child care and education for all our children, right from the start.We Yee partners with parents, as well as countless individuals and organizations across San Francisco, to provide a network that strengthens and connects a diverse, resilient community around our children.

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Low Income Investment Fund

Using capital, capacity building and public advocacy together, LIIF builds
sustainable community-based systems to support child care facility financing
and development.

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San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families

DCYF envisions a strong San Francisco where all children and youth
are supported by nurturing families and communities; all children and
youth are physically and emotionally healthy; all children and youth are ready to learn and succeed in school; and all youth are ready for
college, work and productive adulthood.

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San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department

Research shows that children who experience meaningful connections to nature in their daily lives are healthier, happier, and more resilient. Yet today’s kids spend half the time playing outside than their parents did. The San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department wants to change that!

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Department of Public Health

The San Francisco Department of Public Health protects and promotes the health of all San Franciscans through the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health.

Family Resources

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Family Resource Centers

San Francisco has 26 family resource centers that operate under a shared vision built on families who are thriving, connected, and able to support their children’s lifelong success. Parents with children of any age are encouraged to discover the many resources available at all family resource centers across San Francisco.

Paying for Early Care & Education

The Children’s Council of San Francisco and Wu Yee Children’s Services help families and guardians find early care and education services.  These community-based organizations are funded by the California Department of Social Services and the San Francisco Department of Early Childhood to ensure all families have access to free personal assistance locating and choosing early care and education in San Francisco.

Support for Families 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. 

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Get Involved

There are several options for parents to get involved both locally and at the state level to advocate for the resources and policies that make a positive impact on the early care and education system and the children and families that are served in San Francisco.


San Francisco Child Care Planning & Advisory Council appoints 25 seated members to serve on the council for 3-year terms. To learn more about becoming a seated member, please read here.


The Department of Early Childhood (DEC) carries out its work to fulfill its mission with support from the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), a nine-member group of qualified individuals that are appointed by the Mayor and County Board of Supervisors.

Committee members provide strategic input and guidance through regularly scheduled CAC meetings.  Membership includes parents, caregivers and other individuals who have an expertise in serving children and families.

Parent Voices

Parent Voices is a statewide organization supporting parent efforts to take action on local, statewide, and national issues related to making high-quality early care and education affordable and accessible to all families. If you are interested in being a parent advocate or simply learning more about their work connect with them.

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