Our Impact

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Since 1998, First 5 has advanced a shared commitment to support San Francisco’s youngest children, their families, and the providers who work on their behalf with abundant opportunities to be healthy, to learn, and to grow.

Our work helps advance our goal to ensure that all children in the city are ready for kindergarten by 2023.

Kindergarten Readiness*

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64% of children starting kindergarten have the basic skills needed to succeed

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36% of children starting kindergarten lack these skills and are likely to fall behind

Children are not equally prepared for school. Glaring disparities require our immediate attention to the systems that are responsible.

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Dual-Language Learners

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Children with Special Needs

Because disparities originate from the unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources – much of it rooted in racism – we need concerted efforts by all stakeholders to disrupt these patterns of inequity and ensure that every child is ready for school and beyond. First 5 is working to close the divide by supporting vital programs and services and encouraging reflective practices, courageous conversations, and promising new partnerships between schools, health care systems, and community organizations

Programmatic Predictors of Kindergarten Readiness

We know what programmatic factors are most influential in boosting a child’s readiness for kindergarten, 
and we invest in programs and services that support them.

Our Work

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Family Support

Parents are a child’s first and best teachers and the primary influence on a child’s development. Creating rich support networks for parents and caregivers, connecting parents to local resources, and giving them information on how to support their children’s learning, enhances their ability to fulfill this critical role in their child’s life.

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Child Development

Children who attend high-quality early education and preschool are more prepared for school and life-long success. Assuring broad access to high-quality early care and education in San Francisco is essential to helping children be ready for kindergarten and closing persistent gaps in the school-age years. 

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Child Health

Undetected issues of health and well-being, as well as special needs, can significantly impact a child’s learning and success in school. Intervening as early as possible, and linking families to services that support their child’s needs, can dramatically improve overall positive outcomes for children and their families.

100% of San Francisco children are ready for kindergarten

A Snapshot of Where We Stand Today

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Family Support

As few as 1 in 5 families in San Francisco have help from extended family, neighbors, and friends. We need to provide support to all families with the information and resources they need to help their children thrive from the first step to the first day of kindergarten.
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High-Quality Preschool

Quality makes all the difference in the ability of early learning programs to support children’s development and prepare them for a lifetime of learning. More than half of providers in San Francisco’s Quality Connections have achieved a quality rating of at least 3 stars.
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Developmental Screening

Fewer than half of children entering kindergarten have been screened for developmental delays. This means many young children with special needs may go without help for years, causing them to fall behind their friends and classmates.

Learn More About Our Impact

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Family Support

First 5 San Francisco family resource centers (FRCs) provide a warm, welcoming, and respectful place where families can connect with one another, build parenting skills and knowledge, and receive supports when needed.

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26 Family Resource Centers provide

  • Direct services that ensure children and families are connected and thriving
  • Provider training and capacity-building to ensure services are of high quality

Supporting families

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Parents reported in end-of year surveys that they had someone dependable to help when needed

Child Development

First 5 San Francisco helps early childhood education programs meet the highest standards of quality to ensure optimal child development and improved outcomes for all children.

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411 programs participating in Quality Connections receive

  • Quality rating and improvement supports that ensure early learning programs are of the highest quality and enable all children to reach their potential.

Increasing quality

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saw an overall increase in their quality after receiving quality improvement support

Child Health

Help Me Grow SF brings together families, health care providers, and early educators to ensure that all children receive developmental screenings in early childhood, and that those who need it receive access to early intervention services.

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Screened for special needs

Screen. Engage. Respond. Connect.

  • Screening and follow-up support to ensure children are identified early and linked to service
  • Provider training and support to ensure services are of high quality

Intervening early

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Children received developmental screening in community-based preschools and family support programs
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Children screened in health clinics
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Parents and children received follow-up resource and referral support

*SFUSD Kindergarten Readiness Inventory District-Wide Report, Fall 2018