Early Education Recovery Program
WHAT IS THE EARLY EDUCATION RECOVERY PROGRAM?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our communities and businesses creating severe economic hardships that threaten the stability of our San Francisco Early Care & Education (ECE) system. 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. The San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education is responsible for administering this Early Education Recovery Program.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Programs must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
- Licensed child care or license-exempt co-operative preschool operation in San Francisco
- Good standing with California Community Care Licensing Division
- Created/implemented a S.F. Department of Public Health, Health & Safety Plan (i.e., Exhibit B)
- Serve children between 0-6 years of age
HOW TO APPLY
City-funded (ELS/PFA) Programs
If your program is already city-funded through the Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) and/or Preschool for All program, you do not need to fill out an interest form. City-funded ECE programs automatically receive a grant and will be contacted during the grant payment process to identify if they are also interested in a loan.
San Francisco ECE Programs that do not currently receive City funding
Licensed ECE programs or license-exempt co-operative preschool programs in San Francisco serving children birth-to-six years of age that do not already receive City funding are encouraged to fill out an Early Education Recovery Program interest form (linked below). The interest form provides options for a one-time grant (amounts vary depending on funding availability and program type and population served) and/or a city funded 0% interest-free loan, with a 5-year repayment term.