San Francisco Proposition C – Early Care and Education for All Initiative

On June 5, 2018, the voters of San Francisco passed Proposition C (Prop C), a Commercial Rent Tax for Childcare and Early Education, that authorizes an additional tax on the lease of commercial property for landlords with annual gross receipts over $1 million. 


Through Prop C, an estimated $121 million annually will be generated in new funding for the Early Care and Education for All Initiative, to support and improve access to quality early care and education for children ages 0-5 in San Francisco. The Early Care and Education for All Initiative aims to focus on four key priorities:


  1. Help clear the ECE waitlist by providing subsidies for low-income children birth to five
  2. Provide financial assistance for ECE for moderate income families (focus on infants and toddlers)
  3. Increase compensation of ECE professionals (teachers, caregivers and other providers)
  4. Provide high quality ECE services for children and families that help children ages 0-5 to thrive


The Early Care and Education for All Initiative established a nine-month planning process during which The Office of Early Care and Education would create a spending plan for the first five years of Prop C funding. Through the planning process, the spending plan would be informed by input from San Francisco parents, families, teachers, early care and education administrators and community members.

The Proposed Approach and Design for Developing the Five-Year Spending Plan is a guiding document for the planning process. It was submitted to the Board of Supervisors on November 8, 2018 and approved on November 14, 2018.


Updates about the planning process can be accessed via the ECE for All Initiative Newsletter. This is the most recent update.

OECE Approach: 5 Year Spending Plan


Prop C Newsletter February 2019


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