Preschool for All Has Moved!

Thank you for your interest in the Preschool for All (PFA) program. For more than a decade, from 2004 through 2016, First 5 San Francisco successfully planned, launched, and administered the City’s pioneering universal preschool initiative. Children’s preschool participation reached historic highs, preschool programs stepped up the quality of their curricula and teaching, and children started kindergarten with better academic and social skills. It was a distinct honor for First 5 to lead this ambitious initiative to fundamentally transform public education in San Francisco.

 

With the passage of Proposition C in November 2014, voters renewed funding for PFA for another 26 years and transferred responsibility for overseeing PFA from First 5 to the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE). In coordination with OECE, First 5 will continue to play a critical role in the early education arena by leading efforts to improve the quality of early education programs and managing the city’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Complete information about PFA will eventually be made available at sfoece.org. In the meantime, during the transition:

Parents and guardians seeking information and assistance on PFA enrollment, locations, or tuition discounts may continue to call the PFA Info Line at (415) 355-3666. In addition, information about PFA locations, including a directory and map, may be found below.

Current and prospective PFA programs and providers should contact OECE directly for information about applying to become a PFA site, funding, and program and fiscal requirements. OECE may be reached at (415) 354-3873 or through its website below.

Early educators and administrators may continue to look to First 5 San Francisco for information and support for training, technical assistance, and coaching opportunities to improve quality. First 5 will also be your source for answers to questions about quality assessment (ERS and CLASS) and QRIS rating.

Policymakers, researchers, and others interested in learning about the accomplishments of PFA in its first decade are invited to review Preschool for All: A Look Back at the First 10 Years of Universal Preschool in San Francisco, which details PFA’s approach, program design, and outcomes for children. All other inquiries about PFA should be directed to OECE at (415) 355-3670.