64% of children starting kindergarten have the basic skills needed to succeed
36% of children starting kindergarten lack these skills and are likely to fall behind
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
served in Family Resource Centers
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.
Ages 0-5 in Quality Connections Classrooms
saw an overall increase in their quality after receiving quality improvement support
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.
Screened for special needs
*SFUSD Kindergarten Readiness Inventory District-Wide Report, Fall 2018