Since 2009, San Francisco has been home to the Family Resource Center Initiative, a system of Family Resource Centers funded by First 5 San Francisco, the Department of Children Youth, and their Families, and San Francisco Human Services Agency. The Initiative consists of primary, lead agencies that offer a full scope of services, as well as agencies that are subcontractors offering additional services in focused areas. Agencies and their subcontractors are funded to serve either a specific geographic neighborhood or a particular target population of families (e.g. homeless families and pregnant or parenting teens). Services can be obtained through any one of our 25 centralized access points.
The Family Resource Center Initiative, and the system as a whole, shares a common vision, shared goals, and a focus on quality. A carefully designed funding model also allows for increasing service intensity based on neighborhood and population need. Research conducted on funded centers show that services are impacting families in ways that are critical to children’s readiness for kindergarten and ongoing school success.
Throughout San Francisco County, Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are available to serve you and your family. Regardless of age, income, sexual orientation, gender, or disability, FRCs are open to everyone. Currently, 25 centers are jointly funded by First 5 San Francisco, the Department of Children Youth, and their Families, and the Human Services Agency to serve either a specific geographic neighborhood or a particular target population of families as defined below:
Neighborhood-Based FRCs: target services to families in a specific geographic neighborhood such as Richmond, Chinatown, South of Market, Tenderloin, Western Addition, Sunset, Mission, Potrero Hill, Bayview Hunters Point, Portola, Excelsior, OMI (Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingelside) and Visitacion Valley.
Population-Focused FRCs: offer specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise to meet the unique needs of particular groups of families who may reside throughout San Francisco. Services are targeted for immigrant families, LGBTQ parents and their children, homeless/underhoused families, families of children with special needs, pregnant and parenting teens, and families with young children exposed to violence.
FRCs operating in San Francisco offer a wide range of essential services including:
Throughout San Francisco, Family Resource Centers offer frequent parent education classes in different languages and cultural orientations. Classes follow a set schedule and learning curriculum. Browse the calendar below to find the latest schedule and location of parent education classes.
Given the wide variety of activities available locally, we strongly encourage you to find your nearest Family Resource Center today – our mission is to provide services that will help you and your children thrive.