San Francisco Department of Early Childhood


San Francisco Department of Early Childhood (SFDEC) believes that how a society supports young children and their families in the early years matters because the way we begin our lives lays the foundation for our future. We are committed to uplifting family members and caregivers, good nutrition, access to preventive health care and treatment, and support to those who make a positive difference in children’s and families’ lives, in order to encourage a system where every child can be safe, healthy, and thrive. Every year of a child’s life is precious, but the first 5 years are our most significant opportunity to inspire, nurture, and prepare children to reach their full potential. We provide public investment, expertise, and leadership to put resources in the hands of those who care for our city’s children.