San Francisco’s ECE landscape has changed dramatically over the last five years. The Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) was established in 2012 by Mayor Lee. The Children and Families First Initiative was passed in 2014. The Children and Families First Initiative established:
- 25-year extension on the Children and Youth Fund helping fund the Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF)
- Created the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) for the DCYF
- Created Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE)
- Created the Our Children, Our Families Council (OCOF) made up of department heads for the City, SFUSD and community stakeholders
- Created the goal for the City to “provide all children between the ages of three and five years who are City residents the opportunity to attend quality early education program, giving priority to four year old children”
- Established that OECE along with the help of other organizations in the city should come up with a plan to expand “quality universal early education”
Current Departments, Councils, Commissions, and oversight bodies: CPAC, OECE, F5SF, DCYF and OCOF.
Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC)
“The San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) is the state-mandated Local Planning Council (LPC), established to provide a forum for the identification of local priorities for child care and early education, and the development of policies to meet these needs.” Check out CPAC’s website here.
Information for upcoming CPAC meetings, including committee meetings, is listed on the ECESF events calendar. CPAC General Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9-11 AM. Find out more here.
SF Office of Early Care & Education (OECE)
Created in 2012, the SF Office of Early Care & Education “is charged with aligning and coordinating federal, state and local funding streams to improve access to high quality early care and education for children 0-5, to address the needs of the early care and education workforce, and to build early care and education system capacity.” Find out more here.
The OECE is advised by the OECE Citizens Advisory Committee
The OECE CAC, in Chapter 2A, Article XIII of the Administrative Code is charged with making “recommendations to the Office of Early Care and Education (“OECE”), regarding the OECE’s mission of providing early education for children ages zero to five in San Francisco and other City departments involved in early education initiatives,” advises “the OECE on developing a strategic plan and a proposal for expanding high-quality early education in San Francisco, and offer(s) expertise in the areas of policy, planning, collaboration, and strategic partnerships.” Find out more here.
OECE CAC meets: Third Thursday of the Month
The Office of ECE is housed in the Human Services Agency of San Francisco. The Human Services Agency promotes well-being and self-sufficiency among individuals, families and communities in San Francisco. Find out more here.
First 5 San Francisco
First 5 San Francisco was created in in 1998, along with the state First 5 commission and other county First 5 commissions, through the passage of Proposition 10, a cigarette tax initiative. First 5 San Francisco “receives local and state funds that it invests back into the community through more than 200 community grant programs dedicated to the well-being of children and families.” Find out more here.
First 5 SF Commission
“First 5 San Francisco is a department of the City and County of San Francisco and guided by a nine-member commission and two standing committees.” Find out more here.
Find out more about First 5 SF Commission meetings here.
Department of Children, Youth, and Families
“DCYF creates and facilitates innovative citywide policies and projects in support of children, youth, and families. As a result, children, youth, and families from throughout the City participate in a broad range of programs in the areas of early child care, academic support, health and wellness, youth workforce development, and cultural enrichment.” Find out more here.
DCYF is advised by the DCYF Oversight and Advisory Committee
“In November of 2014, the Children and Youth Fund was reauthorized through June 30, 2041 by nearly 75% of the San Francisco electorate. The revamped Children and Youth Fund included several revisions to the original Children’s Fund, including the establishment of DCYF’s Oversight and Advisory Committee. The Oversight and Advisory Committee replaced DCYF’s Citizens Advisory Committee, and will start holding formal meetings in October of 2015.” Find out more here.
DCYF OAC meets: Second Monday of the Month.
Our Children, Our Families Council
“San Francisco is a city with tremendous resources. The Our Children Our Families Council aims to make sure those resources are directed toward helping every child and family – especially those most in need – thrive.
The Our Children Our Families Council is a 42-member advisory body co-led by Mayor Edwin Lee and San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews. The Council is charged with promoting coordination, increasing accessibility, and enhancing the effectiveness of programs and services for children, youth, and families – especially those with the greatest needs.” Find out more here.
Find out more about Our Children, Our Families Council meetings here.