• Statement and Resources on Family Detainment at the Mexican 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 and Mayor-elect’s joint statement below.

Joint Statement – Mayor Mark Farrell and Mayor-Elect London Breed: Mayor Mark Farrell and Mayor-Elect London Breed have called upon United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to immediately stop separating families at the Mexican border as an anti-immigration policy.

Mayor Mark Farrell:
“As a father of three young children I will never support the federal administration’s decision to tear apart families and use children as pawns in a political game. The images we are seeing of children warehoused in metal cages are beyond the pale and sicken me to my core.
What we are witnessing runs completely counter to our country’s values and founding principles. I am urging the federal government to immediately reconsider their immigration policy changes and provide clear, humane reunification plans. More than ever, we need Congress to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform measures for our country.

Board President and Mayor-Elect London Breed:
“The policy of forcibly removing children from their parents at our border is horrific and unacceptable.
Families who are seeking asylum and refuge in our city—our Sanctuary City, deserve our support and our compassion. As Mayor-Elect, I will continue to support our immigrant communities and fight for comprehensive immigration reform so all our families can live without fear of separation and deportation.”


For legal resources visit the San Francisco Immigrant Support Hub

Fact sheet for families and school staff: Limitations on Immigration Enforcement Actions at Sensitive Locations

Know your rights card for use with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers (ICE)

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and Support Staff to protect and prepare children and families in case of an immigration and ICE raid.

Building a Bright Future for All  a resource guide to help educators better serve immigrant children, promote early learning opportunities, and share resources with families.

5 expert-approved tips for talking to your kids about the families being separated at the border

Our Family Coalition

Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Carecen SF Central American Resource Center

Safe and Sound

  • 2018 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award Winners! Click the video links below to learn more about their amazing work:

Kai Ming Head Start – Teaching Team: Bi Huang, Elianne Leiva, Rita Tan, Winnie Liu: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ve5vTA7jzbRznjzRbxzIYvfjYJO0fRj7     

La Bamba Preschool – Family Child Care: Corey Santillan, Kenia Santillan, Nayeli Gonzales: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1g1RBXMboIvAp43ijj7NCoEGl0Afd2AXP

SFUSD Presidio Early Education School – Mabel Young: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1i-Z758uJ0ZkfJb_11_Ctr8MG3awif7EJ

Friends of St. Francis Child Care Center Inc.Ling Huang: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ew56lxJETjj62uac5pJmEIJ-K7l66Jli

Utopia PreschoolAndrea Posadas: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fa69y6QcVOvJVTTuJlLzBauAcDWP–mJ

  • Children in Nature All-Partner Meeting

On April 25, 2018 the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education and First 5 San Francisco hosted our 2nd semi-annual ELS/PFA All Partner Meeting! Held in beautiful Golden Gate Park, this meeting focused on the theme of Children in Nature and included a keynote address from Phil Ginsburg, Director of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department as well as an abundance of nature-based resources, activities, and giveaways.

  • Preschool Limited Term Open Enrollment for ELS Vouchers

Effective from December 6, 2017 through February 6, 2018, all subsidy eligible academic three- and four- year olds may be immediately enrolled in an Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) qualified program with openings through an ELS Voucher, regardless of the family’s enrollment status on SF3C (subject to funding availability). This is a one-time limited term program to facilitate the immediate enrollment of subsidy eligible academic three- and four- year olds, regardless of SF3C status (e.g., walk-ins not on SF3C may be enrolled), and to capitalize on relationships that programs may have directly with subsidy eligible children and families.

All children enrolled through this one-time limited term enrollment process can remain in the program until the child reaches Kindergarten.  Eligibility requirements, as stated in the latest (11.20.17 update) Early Learning Scholarship and Preschool for All Program Operating Guidelines (Fiscal Year 2017-2018), must still be met.

Limited Term Open Enrollment Program Guidelines: English, Spanish, Chinese

Limited Term Open Enrollment Form: English, Spanish, Chinese

  • November 20, 2017 version of OECE’s Operating Guidelines released. This version includes updates to the family fee schedule and OECE staff contact information. Click HERE to view them in English, Spanish and Chinese.
  • OECE’s first All Partner Meeting held on Sept 14, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at SF State University’s Student Event Center.
    • If you missed the meeting, click HERE to view OECE’s ELS Policy Updates Presentation
  • July 19, 2017 NOFA Listening Session Feedback notes: English, Spanish, Chinese
  • Increase your chances of serving ELS Voucher children by reporting your vacancies:
    • Click HERE to report your vacancies to SF3C. This data will be used to help ELS Voucher families identify ELS programs with openings.
  • Early Learning Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions for FCC Providers: English, Spanish, Chinese


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