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.

Are you a new parent? Click here to learn about early childhood developmental milestones and local resources.​

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. 

The San Francisco BIPOC Family Justice Summit just released their report, with groundbreaking recommendations to help BIPOC families thrive. #BIPOC #bipocfamilies #thrive #sanfrancisco

Families need accessible, affordable child care more than ever. Call: (202) 225-4965; press 5; tell the receptionist you’re a constituent and want Speaker Nancy Pelosi to protect the $450 billion for childcare.

Everyone's voice counts. That's why we're extending the deadline to complete the San Francisco Language Access Community!

Tell us what the City can do to improve language access services by Friday, September 17th at: https://sf.gov/languagesurvey

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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


New Parent Brochure

Welcoming a new baby is a wonderful and challenging time of life. There is so much to learn when you have a new baby. Every day is different! The good news is, you are not alone. At First 5 San Francisco, we create early experiences that encourage...

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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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“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