COVID-19 Info for Providers
As of June 1, 2020, child care programs can open to serve all children regardless of parental work category or status. OECE recognizes the significant challenges involved in operating programs safely and providing high-quality early care and education during a global pandemic.
This page includes funding information and other resources to support early care and education providers in San Francisco as they navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19.
Resources for Programs
Starting on February 24, 2021 San Francisco moved to Phase 1B, Tier 1 of the state’s population prioritization plan and began vaccinating people who work in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture sectors, while continuing to vaccinate healthcare workers and people 65 and older as supply allows.
Early Education Recovery Program
The City & County of San Francisco is working to minimize the impacts of the Pandemic on our ECE programs and preserve family access to quality care and education. Consequently, the City & County, through the Early Education Recovery Program legislation established by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, authorized the use of Proposition (Baby) C reserves for one-time grants and interest-free loans to San Francisco’s Early Care and Education providers.
Whether you are planning on reopening or are already open, there are many requirements, policies and recommendations to implement in order to operate your program in a healthy and safe manner. Click below for resources, guidance, and requirements for reopening an early care and education program.
Workforce Resource Library
OECE, in collaboration with First 5 San Francisco, has compiled a virtual resource library listing and categorizing resources and support programs available to San Francisco’s early educators including financial, health, housing, legal, and more.
COVID-19 Closure Grant
Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) qualified Family Child Care programs that close due to a family member (living at the FCC) or owner testing positive for COVID-19 are eligible to apply for a grant to help cover the cost of their closure.
How to Stay Informed
The status of COVID-19 in San Francisco and the Bay Area continues to change rapidly, and the City is on top of all developments. To stay informed, check the online resources below for up-to-the-minute updates, call 3-1-1 for guidance regarding COVID-19 public health safety information, and sign up to receive official updates from the City & County about COVID-19 via text message by texting COVID19SF to 888-777.
- San Francisco Department of Public Health
- San Francisco Department of Emergency Management
- SFUSD COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families