Creating a Vibrant Community
We recognize that children’s joy of learning and success in life depends on their caregivers’ quality of life—including their parents, guardians, and educators. With ECESF’s mission at our core, we work to strengthen the ECE community by bringing educators together,providing an opportunity to deepen our understanding of issues and policies facing us, identify priorities, and build a vision prioritizing caregiving and caregivers.
ECESF holds regular meetings, get-togethers, and special events to support educator personal and workplace well-being; promote leadership; network with other educators; and include your voice in ongoing discussions which impact educator work and livelihood. Special events include topical workshops, guest speakers, collaborative initiatives, or an event on a topic you would like to introduce. Educator viewpoints brought to these gatherings help inform San Francisco and statewide policy discussions.
Please fill out the ECESF interest form (English, Español, 中文) to help us plug you into the meetings, events, and communications most meaningful to you. Read on for a list of ECESF meetings and events below.
Monthly ECESF and Special Meetings
Check the event calendar for upcoming ECESF meetings & events, as well as community events of interest to early care educators.
ECESF Focus Groups
Come together for ongoing dialogue and reflection on specific needs, issues, or topics in teaching, life, learning, and community. These sessions are facilitated by ECESF core leaders who provide discussion prompts and open a space for learning through relationship, self examination, and community sharing. Join us in small focus groups of teachers to reflect on your unique needs and experiences, as well as go deeper into questions you or others bring to the group. The ECESF Focus Groups are a starting place to plan and inspire new ways to come together.
ECESF Core Advisory Policy & Program (CAPP) Meetings
ECESF holds monthly meetings for a core group dedicated to growing ECESF and a strong teacher voice rooted in our principles. At CAPP meetings we connect educator to educator to stay up-to-date on policies and programs affecting educators and San Francisco’s diverse ECE sites. We build a common understanding of priority issues at our workplaces and in our lives, become more familiar with the landscape of the field, and create a vision for caregiving and caregivers, and shape ECESF policy positions and programs.
The most important information, dynamic thinking, and connections often occur in the staff lounge, at the coffee shop, or in other informal spaces. So often meetings are driven by tight agendas and we miss getting to the things we really wanted to ask. Bring your whole self and join with others to more clearly see the water we’re swimming in, and imagine change. ECESF Lounges bring dynamic thinking to our other meetings and events.
ECESF Teacher’s Lounge (Coming Soon)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we looked around and asked, where can ECE teachers come together, bringing their whole self, to share their needs and visions? Outside of classrooms, professional development, or PLCs focused on educational requirements, we could not find that space. ECESF has created a lounge—just for teachers—as a space for you to reimagine, and get to know both issues and other educators more deeply.
Fill out the ECESF interest form (English, Español, 中文) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved! We encourage you to share the interest form with other educators across San Francisco, particularly FCC and center teachers, and those that racially identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Together, We Share Knowledge Through Dialogue
While we come together in different ways, all ECESF convenings cover topics related to our mission and principles, including, but not limited to:
- Fair Compensation: teacher stipends, pay parity movement
- Workplace conditions: staffing, paid prep time, labor laws
- Equity and social justice issues in the workplace
- Teacher retention, belonging, and support
- Understanding current ECE systems and funding
- How to organize a powerful ECE movement
- Connecting ECE with other social issues/movements
- Current issues, policy, and advocacy for ECE
- Mental Health, wellness, and wellbeing
- COVID: PPE/Guidelines
- Unemployment, social services, and other resources
- Topics related to our mission and introduced by participants
Together, We Are Rooted in Principles
ECESF believes we must ground our organizing in a framework of principles. Our work together is rooted in our guiding principles here.
Together, We Make Change
Our ECE system is complex and can be difficult to understand, explain, and improve. Early educators often do not have the opportunity to reflect with one another at their own site, let alone with educators working across the city. San Francisco and California ECE policy and program meetings are often missing the voices of early care educators working directly with children and families. By creating space to reflect and plan together, ECESF seeks to address just that—we build a common understanding, identify priorities and points of unity, and create a vision for caregiving and caregivers that values and supports children, families, and educators. We invite you to join us and together we can make the change we need!
Events & Updates
Sign up for ECESF emails here! ECESF sends messages with events, updates, and a monthly newsletter with information relevant to San Francisco’s ECE providers including upcoming ECESF and other ECE events, legislative and policy updates, best practices in ECE, professional development, and more.