Early Learning SF is an online system that makes it easier to find financial assistance for affordable, high quality early care and education.

What is Early Learning SF?

Early Learning SF is an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website that connects 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.

Early Learning SF replaces the San Francisco Child Care Connections, or SF3C, system.

Have Questions About Finding a Program?

If you prefer to talk to someone in person, you can contact the following organizations working to help families find quality early care and education:

  • Wu Yee Children’s Services: 1-844-644-4300 (multi-lingual staff available)
  • Children’s Council of SF: 415-343-3300 (multi-lingual staff available)
  • Compass Family Services: 415-644-0504 (for homeless families only)

Is your family eligible for financial assistance?

Follow these easy steps:

1) Go to and enter your family income. If you qualify, you will receive a text or email confirmation with instructions to log in.

For your reference, below are the maximum family income levels for different family sizes. Most of the financial assistance available uses these maximums, but we encourage you to log in or call an enrollment specialist at one of the organizations listed above for more information.

Family Size 1-2 3 4 5
Gross (pre-tax) Monthly Income $5,067 $5,467 $6,383 $7,404

More Information

Flyer about Early Learning SF:

English                  Chinese                Spanish

User Guide for  Early Learning SF:

English                  Chinese                Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions:

English                  Chinese                Spanish

How does an Early Care and Education Program Participate?

In order to participate in Early Learning SF, programs must be OECE-funded. If you are an OECE-funded program who is not yet receiving referrals for City-funded enrollments through the new system, sign up for an Early Learning SF training. At the training you will receive login instructions and an overview of the system. Contact the Help Desk to register for a training: 415-343-4669 or

For more information, please check out this resource page for ECE programs.

Background on Early Learning SF

In 2017, OECE participated in the City and County of San Francisco’s  Startup in Residence program, which matches city departments with a technology company to address a challenge. OECE partnered with MCT Technology, Inc. to redesign the centralized child care eligibility list known as San Francisco Child Care Connections, or SF3C. The goal was to provide a more effective system that families could access 24/7 to help them find financial assistance to attend high quality early care and education systems..

The new system, called Early Learning SF, launched in November 2018.