Community Report, 2015-2016

Our “Community Report, 2015-2016” provides a brief snapshot of First 5’s recent activities and outcomes, organized around our strategic investments in early learning, family support, and health and early intervention.

Strategic Plan, 2016-2021

First 5 San Francisco’s new strategic plan will guide our work over the next five years, reinforcing successful strategies of the past and present while evolving the organization in new and exciting directions. Under the plan, First 5 San Francisco aims to be a big voice for the littlest San Franciscans. The plan encompasses some familiar goals and strategies, envisions new goals and opportunities, and embraces a shift in its organizational roles. The new plan is organized around four impact areas: systems change, child development/early care and education, family support, and child health.

School Readiness Report, 2015-16

First 5 San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District are pleased to present, “School Readiness in San Francisco, 2015-16,” a comprehensive report on the preparedness of children to meet the early academic and social demands of kindergarten and beyond. The School Readiness Assessment is the only representative snapshot of San Francisco public school children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development as they enter kindergarten. Currently, it is the best tool we have to reflect on how well the City is preparing its youngest residents for success in school.

Lessons from Preschool for All

In March 2004, San Francisco voters ushered in a bright, new era for the city’s children and families, creating one of the nation’s first city-funded universal preschool systems, Preschool for All (PFA). First 5 hopes that the city can learn from the lessons of the first 10 years of Preschool for All to evolve and expand the initiative to even greater heights. It is with this goal that First 5 developed the report, “Preschool for All: A Look Back at the First 10 Years of Universal Preschool in San Francisco.”

Preschool for All Evaluation

In 2012, First 5 San Francisco commissioned Applied Survey Research to conduct an outcome evaluation of the Preschool for All (PFA) program. The evaluation was designed to assess the impact of PFA on improving preschool program quality and children’s school readiness. The evaluation found that PFA programs demonstrated high levels of quality with regard to teacher-child interactions. The evaluation also found that PFA significantly improved children’s early literacy, early math, and self-regulation skills, compared to children who had not participated in the program.

First Steps Report, 2014-15

The “First Steps Report” compiles a variety of data about young children, ages 0-5, and their families in San Francisco. Data are organized into five sections, four of which correspond with the strategic goals of First 5 San Francisco. Data are drawn from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census, California Health  Interview Survey, California Department of Public Health, and San Francisco Child Planning and Advisory Council.

Community Report, 2014-15

Once again this turned out to be a year when holding fast to the three fundamentals that make us who we are and drive our work had big payoff. Simply put, these are: core values manifested in strong program strategies and executed by quality programs and partners. Throughout this report we showcase the individual and collective role that each plays in accomplishing our long-term goals of improved well-being for all of San Francisco’s children.