Finding Child Care

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Free Referrals for Child Care and Other Family Resources in San Francisco

Children’s Council provides free child care referrals to licensed San Francisco child care centers and family child care homes.  We also provide free referrals to other San Francisco family resources such as employment, housing, health care, afterschool programs, and summer programs for youth.

Afterschool and Summer Programs

We can also connect you to high quality afterschool and summer programs throughout San Francisco. Click to read our annual Afterschool Guide or Summer Resource Guide in online reader format. The 2014 Summer Guide is due out in April. We encourage you use the 2013 guide as most programs operate very summer. You may qualify for assistance paying for afterschool and summer programs. Please contact our counseling team to learn more about your options. 

Connecting with our Counselors

You can also reach our Resource and Referral team in-person, by phone or via email. Counselors are available Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please contact us:

  • By walk-in at 445 Church Street, between 16th and 17th Streets
  • Call 415.343.3300
  • Email
  • Fax 415.343.3380

Parent Survey - Win an iPad Mini!

How do you use Technology? Let us hear from you! Children's Council is participating in a stateside survey of how parents use technology to learn about child care and child development information. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your feedback can help us create more valuable tools for parents and families. Please click here to complete the survey.

Resource and Referral Policies and Procedures

Children’s Council does not guarantee the quality or suitability of any facility or program. Parents are encouraged to visit several providers to determine the best fit for their family’s needs.  For more information on selecting a licensed child care provider, click here (link to choosing child care page).

Children’s Council respects the confidential nature of the information we receive from parents and child care providers.  To view our confidentiality policy, click here.

We at Children's Council strive to provide excellent customer service.  To view our referral service complaint procedure, click here

Parents have the right to file a complaint concerning a provider. To view our provider complaint policy, click here. For information on filing a complaint against a provider through Community Care Licensing, visit