Welcome to the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education

The San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education leverages federal and state funding, aligns local resources, supports the early care and education workforce and increases capacity to build a high quality, affordable, data driven and streamlined early care and education system for children 0-5 and their families.

OECE was established in 2013 by the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee with the vision that every child in San Francisco from birth to age five has access to high quality and affordable early care and education.

HSA Drop-in Child Care Centers: In addition to OECE’s funding systems and capacity-building work, OECE also oversees four Drop-in Child Care Centers that provide direct child care and early education services to HSA clients with children 2-12 years old at four different locations across San Francisco. Six full time early education professionals provide on-site support services for HSA clients to enable them to focus on training and employment responsibilities and attend appointments. The mission of these four Drop-in Child Care Centers is to provide high quality early care and education services and safe learning environments to all eligible children of HSA clients.

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We are excited to announce the new CARES 2.0 (Compensation and Retention Early Educator Stipend)!

Learn more and apply here >

San Francisco Early Care and Education For All

(Baby Prop C)

For the most up to date information on the Baby Prop C public engagement and planning process check out our Prop C Newsletter and Community Input pages!


OECE is proud to announce Early Learning SF – San Francisco’s new online system that makes it easy to determine if your family is eligible for financial assistance for openings in high quality early care and education programs.

Early Learning SF is an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website that helps children thrive by connecting families to quality early care and education. After answering a few questions about your family, income, and what type of program you are looking for, the system matches you to available early care and education programs. You can review information about the programs, and communicate directly with staff from the programs to find out more. Early Learning SF is available in English, Chinese and Spanish, and replaces the San Francisco Child Care Connections, or SF3C, system.

For more information: Info for Families (click here)  Info for ECE programs (click here

Families belong together – A Message regarding family detainment and separation at the U.S.-Mexico Border

OECE’s work is grounded in the belief that all families have the right to thrive. We strongly support San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city and wholeheartedly endorse the Mayor’s statement regarding comprehensive immigration reform. For more information including legal and classroom resources CLICK HERE

Las familias deberían estar juntas: un mensaje sobre detenciones y separaciones de familias en la frontera de México con los Estados Unidos

El trabajo de OECE se enfoca en la creencia de que todas las familias tienen derecho a prosperar. Apoyamos firmemente el estado de San Francisco como una ciudad santuario y respaldamos de todo corazón la declaración del alcalde y el alcalde electo sobre la reforma migratoria comprensiva. Para más información, incluyendo recursos legales e educativos, HAGA CLIC EN EL ENLAZE.

Introducing the new Early Learning Scholarship (ELS)!

On July 1, 2017 the Office of Early Care and Education launched San Francisco’s new Early Learning Scholarship Program (ELS). The ELS provides eligible San Francisco families who have children 0-5 years old with financial assistance to pay for quality early care and education. More than 320 Early Care and Education Centers and Family Child Care Homes across San Francisco have been qualified to participate in this exciting new program that prioritizes quality and continuity of care, supports the ECE workforce, and ensures that San Francisco’s youngest children, especially those who have the most to gain from participating, have access to high-quality early care and education.

Monthly Enrollment Data Dashboard (New!)

Each month, OECE publishes data showing the demographic, geographic, subsidy type, and setting breakdowns for children receiving early care and education subsidies in San Francisco. Click HERE for the most recent data!

If you are an OECE-funded program please click HERE for more information or HERE for Operating Guidelines.

For a complete list of ELS-qualified providers click HERE

If you are a parent interested in learning more about the Early Learning Scholarship Program please contact one of our two partners below:


445 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Resource and Referral Line: 415.343.3300

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880 Clay St., Floor 3
San Francisco, CA 94108
Resource and Referral Line: 844.644.4300

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