Community Dashboard

2017

Since 1998, First 5 has advanced a shared commitment to support San Francisco’s youngest children, their families, and the providers who work on their behalf with abundant opportunities to be healthy, to learn, and to grow.

The City’s Youngest Children at a Glance

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As few as 1 in 5 families in San Francisco feel they can depend on help from extended family, neighbors, and friends. We need to provide support to all families with the information and resources they need to help their children thrive from the first step to the first day of kindergarten.
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Fewer than half of children entering kindergarten have been screened for developmental delays. This means many young children with delays and disabilities may go without help for years, causing them to fall behind their friends and classmates.
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While 6 in 10 children in San Francisco enter kindergarten with the academic and social skills necessary for them to do well in school, too many children are unprepared and unlikely to catch up, underscoring the need for us to act earlier on behalf of children.
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The vast majority of San Francisco families read together at least three times a week. Talking, reading, and singing to children - from the time they are babies - is vital to their language development and prepares them to succeed in school.

Our Work

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Family Support

Parents are a child’s first and best teachers and the primary influence on a child’s development. Creating rich support networks for parents and caregivers enhances their ability to fulfill this critical role in their child’s life.

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Child Development

Children who attend high-quality early education and preschool have a better chance at school and life-long success. Assuring broad access to high-quality early care and education in San Francisco is essential to closing persistent gaps in the school-age years. 

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Child Health

Undetected issues of health and well-being can significantly impact a child’s learning and success in school. Intervening as early as possible, and linking families to needed services, can dramatically improve overall positive outcomes for children and their families.  

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Family Support

First 5 San Francisco family resource centers (FRCs) provide a warm, welcoming, and respectful place where families can connect with one another, build parenting skills and knowledge, and receive supports when needed.

Child Development

First 5 San Francisco helps early childhood education programs meet the highest standards of quality to ensure optimal child development and improved outcomes for all children.

Child Health

Health is the foundation for strong development in childhood. To support the health and well-being of San Francisco’s youngest residents, First 5 works to improve coordination and access to health and mental health services integrated in core early learning and family support platforms, as well as citywide.
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