Community Resources

After School

The Afterschool Alliance: A nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

Child Care

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network: The statewide membership organization of California’s child care resource and referrals. Provides information and resources for California families seeking child care, profiles the supply and demand of child care in each California county, and offers opportunities for parents interested in advocating for affordable child care.

Child Care Aware of America: Child Care Aware is a national membership organization of all child care resource and referrals in the country. Child Care Aware of America works to advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.  This site assists parents in identifying high-quality child care and provides other information and supportive resources for families, such as tips for parents topics including choosing child care, evaluating a provider, licensing, types of care, and other resources.

Community Care Licensing: Community Care Licensing is the state agency responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes and child care centers to ensure that they provide safe and healthy environments for children. 

TrustLine: TrustLine is California’s registry of in-home child care providers who have passed a background screening. All caregivers listed with TrustLine have been cleared through a fingerprint check of records at the California Department of Justice. This means they have no disqualifying criminal convictions or substantiated child abuse reports in California. Licensed providers in the state of California have to go through an in-depth background check; families are able to TrustLine their nanny or other caregiver. To learn more, this article discusses Nanny Checks: Why TrustLine is the Gold Standard for California.

Child Development and Early Education

California Department of Education: This site offers resources and information for child development contractors, families, and community members regarding child development programs funded by the state.

First 5 California: Seeks to improve the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs.  This site provides information and resources related to children from birth to age 5, visit the local First 5 San Francisco www.first5sf.org to learn about local services.

First 5 San Francisco: First 5 San Francisco provides information for families with children birth to 5 and administers the Preschool for All program.

Head Start: A national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Reading Rockets: Practical advice for teaching kids to read and helping those who are having a hard time with reading.

San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families: This site includes information on San Francisco child care, health, educational, social, and recreational programs for children and families, as well as advocacy activities, volunteer opportunities, and special events.

Zero to ThreeZero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents about the lives of infants and toddlers.

Employment and Job Training

JVS: JVS is a San Francisco-based organization offering free employment search assistance, training, job placement, and other resources for jobseekers.

Affordable Colleges Online: An expert guide to attending and paying for college as a student-parent.

Family-Friendly Activities

Hill Babies: Local blog featuring kid-friendly hiking trails in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods, plus related articles and resources.

General Assistance for Families

211 Bay Area: 211 in San Francisco County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, legal aid and much more.

Covered California: The Covered California™ mission is to increase the number of Californians with health insurance, improve the quality of health care for all of us, reduce health care coverage costs and make sure California’s diverse population has fair and equal access to quality health care. You will have the ability to choose the health plan that offers the best services at the greatest value for you & insurance that can’t be dropped or denied if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

Earned Income Tax Credit: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families.  This site features a calculator allowing families to determine if they qualify for the credit.

Felton Institute: The Felton Institute is a nonsectarian, nonprofit charitable social services provider. The agency works with vulnerable families and individuals, disadvantaged children, at-risk teens and persons with mental illness.

Our Family Coalition: The gay and lesbian family and parenting support for the San Francisco Bay Area .

San Francisco Human Services Agency: The Human Services Agency provides qualifying San Franciscans with food assistance, financial assistance, child welfare services, health care assistance, housing assistance, employment and job training, and other services.

SFKids.org: SFKids provides listings and information on a wide range of child and family-focused activities. Search their site for classes, after-school care, sports programs, family outings, health resources, legal help, emergency planning and much more.

Support for Families for Children with Disabilities: Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support for free of charge to families of children with special needs or special health care need in San Francisco.

Health and Wellness

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Source: Support and information for families facing a diagnosis of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy.

Birth Injury Guide: Educates families on many different types of birth injuries, what the symptoms are, how birth injuries are caused, how they can be diagnosed, what the available treatment is, what the prognosis is, and what assistance programs are available.

ConsumerSafety.org: strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.

Healthy Children: Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site offers a comprehensive guide to children’s development, health and mental health.

KidsHealth: Provides information for parents on child health, nutrition, safety, and development.

San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium: SFCCC sponsors a network of health clinics throughout San Francisco that offer health, mental health, pediatric, prenatal, and dental services.  Services are often free or low-cost.

Legal

Child Care Law Center: Provides information on child care legal issues. Their website contains a vast number of informative publications for families and child care providers.

Law Help California: Law Help California, from the Public Interest Clearinghouse, is a statewide, searchable database of resource and referral information on legal topics, such as housing, public benefits, health, work, immigration, civil rights, family and kids, protection from abuse, and Native American issues.

Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center: Legal services for low-income workers throughout the Bay Area. Numerous fact sheets on the rights of California workers.

Parenting

Bay Area Parent: Provides articles, information, and resources for parents of children of all ages throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Parents Magazine: Provides information and resources for parents on all stages of child development. Forums offer opportunities to exchange tips, ideas, and strategies with other parents.

Parents Place: Parents Place is a full-service resource center, located in San Francisco, for families with children of all ages. Services on this site include parent support groups, a child care bulletin board, classes and workshops, and a resource library, and answers to parenting questions.

Parent Groups

Golden Gate Mothers Group: Founded in 1996, this volunteer organization is run for moms, by moms.  GGMG hosts play groups for families, parenting workshops, assistance for new moms, and social events for parents.

San Francisco Parents of Multiples: This volunteer-based non-profit organization was formed to offer support to parents and expectant parents of multiples. SFPOM’s goal is to provide its members and their families with friendship, support and information on parenting multiples.