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. Family child care providers receive support through one of two Family Child Care Quality Networks led by Children’s Council and Wu Yee. Centers receive support through SF Quality Connections.

Additionally, early educators at funded programs are eligible for the CARES 2.0 stipend.

Quick Links

CARES 2.0

Funding Requirements and Forms

Data Reporting

Resources

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 Family Fee Schedule​

Families qualified for Early Learning Scholarships must pay the Family Fee based on their income and family size, according to the ELS Family Fee Schedule. Families pay the Family Fee directly to their provider. That amount is deducted from the payment that OECE makes to the provider. If there is more than one child in the family, the Family Fee will be applied to the child with the largest amount of approved child care hours/need.

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 support@childrenscouncil.org