Early educators can make a big difference in the lives of young children.
High quality early care and education experiences help children be ready for kindergarten and beyond. There are resources that support the extraordinary passion, skill, and expertise of early educators to increase program quality across San Francisco.
All early educators are encouraged to participate in quality improvement opportunities to help ensure that San Francisco’s youngest children have access to high quality early care and education.
Programs funded by OECE are required to participate in quality rating and assessments through San Francisco Quality Connections and commit to continuous quality improvement.
Quality Improvement Resources
San Francisco Quality Connections
San Francisco Quality Connections gives early educators the tools they need to assess and improve the quality of their services, including a framework, standards, and quality improvement supports. All early learning programs and educators in San Francisco can join this collective effort to continuously improve their practice.
Family Child Care Quality Network
Through personalized coaching, consultation, and professional development, FCCQN supports family child care providers to improve the quality of their program for children in San Francisco. Because participation is limited, providers that meet the following criteria have priority during the selection process:
- Continuously serving voucher families over the last 12 months
- Currently serving infants and toddlers
- Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) assessment within the last 5 years
- Currently have one or more paid employees
FCCQN are administered by both the Children’s Council of San Francisco and Wu Yee Children’s Services. Learn more about the selection process and program participation below.
Child Care Health Program
The Child Care Health Program (CCHP) is administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to provide health and safety consultation, screening, training, and disaster preparedness for child care providers and families in targeted San Francisco neighborhoods. The goal is to improve health and safety outcomes for children 0-5 years old in child care settings (preschools, family resource centers, and shelters), their parents, families, and providers.
San Francisco Inclusion Networks
San Francisco Inclusion Networks provides professional development to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in San Francisco’s early care and education programs. Free training workshops, technical assistance, and coaching provide practical information and strategies for inclusion.
- The foundations of inclusion
- Screening and referral systems
- Partnering with families
- Adapting curriculum for children with disabilities
Tandem offers free, community-based workshops for families, caregivers, and educators to deepen their knowledge of early childhood brain development and share simple, effective strategies for building language and literacy through everyday activities, including interactive book-sharing.
Performing Arts Workshop
Performing Arts Workshop is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through the arts. PAW professional teaching artists teach at preschools, public schools, community centers, transitional housing facilities, and juvenile halls.
PAW provides visual and performing arts residencies in Early Learning Scholarship programs.