Information for Funded Providers

The Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) and Preschool for All (PFA) programs are aligned to best support young children and their families, early learning educators, and create a strong system for San Francisco. The Early Learning Scholarship system approach aims to:

  • Pay programs enhanced rates that cover the cost of operating a quality program, defined as meeting or exceeding Tier 3 of the California Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Ensure continuity of care for families
  • Reduce redundant paperwork and reporting

Funded providers have committed to a process of continuous quality improvement and to achieving a standard of quality at Tier 3 or above on the California QRIS. Programs receive coaching and professional development to enhance their quality of early education and care.

Additionally, early educators at funded programs are eligible for increased compensation via the Workforce Compensation Initative.

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Funding Requirements and Forms

Data Reporting


ELS Frequently Asked Questions for FCCs

Download answers to commonly asked questions related to Family Child Care participation in the Early Learning Scholarship program.

ELS Contact List

This list includes resources and points of contact for funded providers across the early learning system.

OECE Logo Kit

Funded early learning programs can include the OECE logo in their communications to indicate their participation.

Help Desk​

For technical support on OECE data systems, contact the Help Desk for support in Cantonese, Spanish, or English:
415-343-4669 or