Emergency Covid-19 Closure Grant


The San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education and First 5 San Francisco are issuing an Emergency COVID-19 Closure Grant for Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) qualified Family Child Care programs who close due to a family member (living at the FCC) or owner testing positive for COVID-19. 

As San Francisco continues in its public health work, limiting the transmission of COVID-19 and balancing the reopening of businesses, city-funded early care and education programs must also operate in this dynamic and challenging landscape.  The San Francisco Department of Public health has provided guidance to child care programs on operating safely during this public health emergency.  We are thankful to you and everyone working diligently in mitigating the spread of the virus.

As we face these uncertain times together, we recognize that child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and early educators is as important as ever.  Because there will be instances when an educator or a household family member is infected by COVID-19, OECE and First 5 have made available the Emergency COVID-19 Closure Grant for Family Child care Homes. 

We encourage ELS qualified FCC’s who close due to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 to apply for the Emergency COVID-19 Closure Grant. 


Any ELS-qualified Family Child Care (FCC) programs that are required to close by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) due to the owner or a family member living in the home testing positive for COVID-19.  The FCC must have been operating with children enrolled prior to the DPH required closure in order to qualify.


Fill out the online COVID-19 Closure Grant application linked below:


How much is the grant award?

Small FCC awardees will receive a one-time $5,000 grant and Large FCC awardees will receive a one-time $10,000 grant.


How will I know if I am getting the Grant?

You will receive a follow up phone call from an OECE representative after they have confirmed your closure with DPH to indicate if your grant has been approved.


Will I continue receiving payments for children enrolled in my program during the time I am required to close by DPH?

No.  You will only be eligible to receive the COVID-19 Grant funding during your closure. 


If you have any questions please contact us at:

ENGLISH: jason.holthe@sfgov.org

SPANISH: armando.zapote@sfgov.org

CHINESE: susanna.cheng@sfgov.org