High quality early learning experiences prepare children for kindergarten–and all future learning.
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.
Since then, OECE has advanced that mission by advancing an early childhood education system that is efficient, financially stable, and sustainable. OECE administers programs that help San Francisco families access and pay for high quality early care and education, and that offer early learning providers quality improvement and financial supports. Early learning programs that partner with OECE prioritize quality and continuity of care, support the early childhood education workforce, and help ensure that San Francisco’s youngest children have access to high quality early care and education.
OECE is assisted by a Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), a nine-member group appointed by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors to advise OECE on its work and provide strategic input.
Every child in San Francisco from birth to age five has access to high quality and affordable 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.
- Transformative leadership
- Equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance
- Excellence and accountability
- Continuous learning, reflection, and improvement
- Open communication and transparency
- Responsive service with compassion, listening, and respect