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. 

Rooted in a longtime Mexican tradition of celebrating children on April 30th, @SFPublicLibrary and @First5SF hosted a virtual Día de los Niños| Libros featuring fun activities, local performances, and storytellers. Missed it? Check out the recording! https://youtu.be/KEsgbMP6TUk

https://sfoece.org/2021/04/30/the-california-state-supreme-court-upholds-proposition-c/

Three Early Childhood Development Principles to Improve Child Outcomes https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/three-early-childhood-development-principles-improve-child-family-outcomes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=april_2021

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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.

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

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Child care and early childhood education systems must serve and meet the diverse needs of all families

Child care and early childhood education systems must serve and meet the diverse needs of all families When families do not have access to child care, women leave their careers to care for their children. The forced exit from the workforce is...

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Supporting Families During COVID-19

Today marks the first anniversary of shelter in place. Over the past year, COVID-19 and the resulting shelter-in-place mandate have caused momentous and unprecedented challenges for San Francisco’s families. Throughout the pandemic, First 5...

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Give2SF: Fulfilling the health and well-being needs of local families

Family resource centers are designed to break isolation, provide safe spaces, and help families seeking connection to succeed. When San Francisco’s Human Services Agency (HSA) needed to distribute Give2SF disaster relief funds to support SF...

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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