Today marks the first anniversary of shelter in place. Over the past year, COVID-19 and the resulting shelter-in-place mandate have caused momentous and unprecedented challenges for San Francisco’s families. Throughout the pandemic, First 5 San Francisco has been on the front lines along with numerous community partners, ensuring that families have essential supplies to meet basic needs, supporting family well-being, and building the capacity of family resource centers and early educators to adapt and respond to this crisis. First 5 San Francisco’s COVID-19 approach has sought to address families’ most urgent and emergent needs while building the City’s safety net to serve families in the current crisis and beyond.

“Out of this crisis has come stronger connections and new collaborations across all of First 5’s partners to serve San Francisco’s families. Despite unimaginable challenges, our dedicated community has made sure children continue to have what they need to thrive.” Said Theresa Zighera, Interim Executive Director, First 5 San Francisco. “This is a moment for us to reflect on the past year, take a deep breath, and then push not for a return to normal but towards the equitable San Francisco that we all strive to see.”

To learn more about First 5 San Francisco’s continuing efforts during the pandemic, click here.