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. 

Thank you to @sf_oece and all providers, early educators, and community support programs that are ensuring the families of those supporting our city are also being supported. We see you. We appreciate you.


It's important we recognize this is a time of uncertainty and can be high-stress for families.

Join this (FREE) webinar showcasing the Building Community, Building Hope film series, followed by an interactive discussion with federal, national, State, and local leaders on 4/21. https://twitter.com/First5SF/status/1247560513581539328

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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


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Dear early childhood partners, The viral outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created deep concerns for our families, educators, and community. We understand the uncertainty of the situation and the need for clear information regarding the...

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Online Professional Development Resources for Educators

There are a number of online professional development opportunities available to early childhood educators and coaches. Here are our team’s recommendations. Please see below for descriptions and links: CA State Department of Education Online...

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First 5, partners launch ‘All Together Now’ campaign for California’s young kids

This commentary was submitted by volunteer contributor Jess Berthold, Communications Director, First 5 Association of California. In mid-August, First 5 joined with fellow early childhood advocates to launch All Together Now, a new campaign and...

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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