Just 5 Years.

Every year of a child’s life is precious, but the first 5 years are our greatest opportunity to inspire, nurture, and prepare them to reach their potential.

First 5 San Francisco is committed to creating a system that ensures every child can thrive and learn. We provide public investment, expertise, and leadership to put resources in the hands of those who care for our city’s children.​

COVID-19 Update

First 5 San Francisco has shifted to a remote work environment. While our physical office space is now closed, we remain an open resource to our community. There are a number of measures we are taking to ensure the safety of our employees, community, programs and the children and families we serve. 

A full list of staff with contact information can be found on the “Our Team” page. 

With Nov. 3 only 1 week away, @EarlyEdgeCA @First5Assoc have partnered to release a special #Election2020 #Storytime episode w/ Guest Reader CA First Partner @JenSiebelNewsom. She reads #EveryoneGetsASay by @jilltwiss, a kid’s story on #voting! Watch now:https://youtu.be/98UA7FzjVfE

We know how valuable early education was before the pandemic, & that its value has only grown. We must ensure that early educators help rebuild a system injected with innovation, renewed respect for children, and appropriate tools and training to address the inherent inequities.

San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education@sf_oece

San Francisco’s ECE programs have experienced many challenges due to COVID-19. A family child care and center-based program survey by OECE, @First5SF, and @childcaresf shows the impact of the pandemic. Learn about our recent work to support #ECE programs. https://bit.ly/2H64oNj

#COVID19 has turned child care upside down. That’s why All Together Now has launched a campaign to show the early childhood field how essential these services are to families like yours. Use the link below to share #Your2020ChildcareStory

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Our Initiatives

Family Resource Centers

Partnering with community-based programs that support all families to build promising futures.

Quality Connections

Supporting early educators to provide rich, high-quality early learning experiences for all children.

Help Me Grow

Implementing a system of developmental screening tools and early intervention supports to ensure children are provided with services they need.

We are a San Francisco City and County Department that designs, implements, and funds solutions to ensure the health, well-being and education of young children and their families. We seek to create lasting change in our city through a culture of passion, excellence, and strong partnership.

Children and their families served at 26 Family Resource Centers across San Francisco
Early childhood educators receiving professional development
Children receiving developmental screening

It makes a difference.

First 5 San Francisco supports the professionals who make the biggest difference in children’s and families’ lives.

Early educators like Ling Huang can change the trajectory for the children in their care.

By investing in the people who care for children and families and the systems that support them, our impact is increased exponentially.

Latest News


Request For Qualifications Training, Technical Assistance, and Rating Services for San Francisco’s Early Childhood Quality Improvement System.

First 5 San Francisco is releasing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to establish a pre-qualified list for Training, Technical Assistance, and Rating Services for San Francisco’s Early Childhood Quality Improvement System. The purpose of this...

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Request For Qualifications to Secure a Programmatic Fiscal Services Agent

First 5 San Francisco is releasing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to secure a Programmatic Fiscal Services Agent for San Francisco’s early childhood quality improvement system. San Francisco County has more than a decade of investing in...

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EatSF Helps Families in Need During COVID-19

C and D both lost their restaurant jobs when the mandatory shelter in place orders began in March. Living entirely on their savings and stimulus check, they’ve struggled to have enough money for food for their seven-year-old son. No child should...

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“I believe that every parent has the strength they need… it’s my role to help them become empowered on their own by seeing their own strength.”
Zoila Cartagena Velasquez
Facilitator of a First 5-funded Family Support Group