Meet the changemakers behind ECESF

ECESF core leaders

We are a diverse network of leaders, including early care educators, pedagogues, and administrators, dedicated to our work. We come together to make the change we need in our lives, workplaces, and the ECE community. The driving force of ECESF is that every early care educator has something of value to contribute. We all enter as experts and learners — everyone is an expert on their setting, and everyone is a learner from others’ experiences.

ECESF teacher advocates

Teachers work in direct relationship with children at sites. Our working conditions shape the daily experience of the children we nurture. We know how new policies impact the children in our care, and our ability to provide the best for them. The more we have access to decision making and shaping and refining policies that impact our work—the better the services we provide will be. ECESF brings us together across programs to reflect, prioritize, and speak to our needs.

The stories of ECESF

Every educator has a story. Your passion, your vision, what you love in your work, what makes it hard, and what has or could help. Your story paints the picture of Early Care Educators of San Francisco. Here are our stories.

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I have been teaching preschool for 15 years! I am making $19.28 an hour. Rent in Oakland is $1400 for a 1 bd and most landlords have denied me rentals because I don’t make three times the rent. This unfair wage makes it hard for a single mother of 2 to survive and re-pay student loans.


I am 32 year old I have 2 children year 19 month and 13 year. I do not work I can pay someone to help me with my children. Daycare is too expensive and we pay expensive rent too. I am lucky my mother-in-law helps me so I be able to study for better future.


I am a 21 yr old African American male. I am afraid I won’t be able to make a decent wage of living in San Francisco as a teacher.


I am the mother of a 4 yr old. ECE is important to me because of the quality care that my child gets from being there. ECE is the first step to broadening the life of young people. Allow our educators who teach our children the chance to take care of their families.


I used to be a preschool teacher. I had to quit and return to the tech field because in 2006, $18/hr was not enough to support myself and pay my mortgage.

Board of directors & staff

As a non-profit, ECESF is guided by a board of directors dedicated to guiding ECESF according to our mission, and providing both oversight and foresight to support ECESF staff and program.

Meet our board & staff

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Are you ready to join with your ECE colleagues to make the change you need at your workplace?