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. 

CA leaders must stop the state's #PaidFamilyLeave pay rate for low-income workers from falling to 55% from 70% in 2022. Instead increase it to 90%, so workers can access. Learn more from SF District 7 Supervisor @myrnamelgar in today's @SFChronicle: http://bit.ly/PFL90

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


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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


Prevention First: California Must Invest Now in Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families

Keeping families strong and able to care for their children is essential. When high-quality support systems are in place, children can flourish. We can and must  begin to disrupt disparities in the child welfare system that are caused by and...

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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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“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