“The event honors heroes in early care and education, but in my mind, anyone who walks into the room is a child care champion.”
Our blog features information and advice on topics like nutrition, physical activity, social-emotional development and early literacy, as well as feature stories about the families and child care providers whose lives have been impacted by Children’s Council of San Francisco.
Barbara Shragge passionately believes that quality child care not only allows children to thrive, but it empowers women to succeed in our city’s competitive workforce.
Helping family child care business owners run high-quality businesses lifts immigrant families out of poverty.
Your go-to resource in choosing the best summer program for you and your family!
“The greatest reward was watching Paxton form bonds with other kids and seeing that he was accepted.”
Pieces of the blade can break off into food and cut your mouth.
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Without Children’s Council, this mom wouldn’t have been able to support her family.
Learn how Children’s Council helped one mom’s dreams for quality, affordable child care come true!
Quality child care was the key to their success.
Our city’s children are counting on us – donate today!
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Meet some of our city’s child care champions!
The most comprehensive online database of San Francisco providers licensed by the state of California.
Children’s Council’s Anne Morrison discusses an article about employers providing onsite child care.
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Your most comprehensive guide to San Francisco’s after school programs
Child Care Champions Luncheon a huge success.
Calling is the fastest way to make your voice heard!
Details about food recalls due to possible contamination.
A new proposal would add $800 million to the child care system.
Our handy list of summer activities the whole family will enjoy.
Families can apply for fall enrollment at any Head Start program in San Francisco.
Now is the time to make your voice heard!
Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with community events through April!
Are you a new mom? Join us for our new weekly meet-up!
While planning Children’s Council’s inaugural luncheon, Anna finds inspiration from everyday and celebrity mothers and heroes from early in her journalism career
The Summer Guide is your go-to resource in choosing the best summer program for you and your family!
Connect with other parents and caregivers, and encourage your child to develop social skills.
We urge all child care providers who are contacted to participate in the survey to respond.
Children’s Council’s Dawn Perry explains how reading with children impacts language and literacy development.
Here are some fun activities to get children moving indoors!
Patty was a passionate advocate for all children and families.
Learn how we’re working with Full Circle Fund to improve our website.
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We need your help to make quality child care a reality for all San Francisco families.
Rebecca Cressey was taking care of her son Paxton on her own, but she recognized that he was not experiencing enough social interaction with other kids.
Parent Myisha Smith-Whitaker says, “I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t found Children’s Council. I think those boys would have been in and out of jail.”
Learn how we helped Susan find evening and weekend care for her four-year-old son John. And find out how John is doing today!
Starr says, “Without Children’s Council, I wouldn’t have received child care subsidies. Children’s Council saved my life, it was a dream come true.”
Join us, and learn how you can help prepare our community’s children to be Ready for School, Ready for Life.
NOW is your chance to share your thoughts and ideas with supervisors and leaders from the City of San Francisco.
Community organizing, activism and advocacy is not just a job for Maria, it’s a lifelong commitment.
Learn about Sesame Street’s work around diversity, acceptance and kindness.
Children’s Council launches two new playgroups!
Meet Zonia Torres, a child care provider and active participant in our Healthy Apple program
The Children’s Council Guide for a Perfect Halloween
From napping outdoors to “Vabbing” – what Americans can learn about parenting from the Swedish
The San Francisco housing crisis has significantly impacted early care and education providers.
Our 11 top activities for you and your kids to enjoy this fall.
Parents who work outside of the traditional 9 to 5 schedule turn to family and friends for child care.
José shares the joy he finds in helping families secure child care.
New research demonstrates the effects of poverty on young children’s brains and powerful counter-measures.
Cooking Matters is a fun, interactive cooking course for parents and school-age children. Spaces are filling fast, so register today!
Learn how to find the very best after school care for your children!
Is it possible to tell whether a kindergartner is more likely to end up in prison or in college? Researchers at Penn State University and Duke University say the answer is “yes.”
Children’s Council’s Healthy Apple Program is featured in an article from New America Media!
Program Manager Kelvin Arenas shares about his experience in Children’s Council’s Inclusion Program.
Playgroups offer fun times for parents, providers and kids!
Kids and adults alike will love this healthy recipe from Eatfresh.org.
Our must-do list of summer activities in San Francisco.
Democrats in the U.S. Senate are about to introduce a proposal for universal pre-K.
Child Care Advocates Celebrate $423 Million Budget for Child Care
Over 150 Providers joined us for the Family Child Care Quality Network Conference
Provider Kim Garcia-Meza recognized at First 5 SF event
Full list of Farmers’ Markets in San Francisco
Study finds that Sesame Street has lasting educational benefits for millions of kids.
Lessons learned from Children’s Council’s Choosing a Preschool workshop.
Interview with Children’s Council’s Director of Parent Services, Janet Zamudio.
On May 27, Children’s Council hosted an informative, inspirational event: IT’S TIME! Investing in Early Care and Education.
Call your representatives and advocate for child care funding in California’s next budget!
Straight talk from Obama on poverty and inequality.
Spotlight interview with Board President Fran Maier.
Children’s Council recognized by Let’s Move! Child Care as a national leader in fighting childhood obesity.
How to evaluate candidates and their stance on early education during the 2016 presidential campaign.
What early childhood education can teach us about K-3.
Working parents struggle to manage the demands of life in the tech industry.
Enjoy family fun throughout San Francisco during Week of the Young Child!
The Healthy Apple Program is FREE for any child care provider in San Francisco who wants to help children build lifelong healthy habits.
Two recent articles highlight the major challenges in educational opportunity facing American children under the age of 5.
It pays to play! Low-tech toys like wooden blocks help children’s cognitive and social development.
Children’s Council is proud to announce a new partnership with Kaiser Permanente.
Children’s Council has been selected as one of Sesame gangonly three organizations in the U.S. to pilot a new curriculum on child resilience.
At Children’s Council, we are excited to see growing public awareness that access to quality child care is a “two generation” issue.
Even at the age of two or three, children are able to empathize with the feelings of others.
The people who care for the next generation endure many economic hardships.
Today 71% of American children live in a family with either two working parents or a single parent.
See how President Obama featured child care in his State of the Union address.
Mayor Ed Lee took a valuable step toward making early education available to all San Francisco families.
Most states have a long way to go toward implementing quality early education programs and enrolling more young children.
As a 15-year veteran staff member of Children’s Council, I work with some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable families and children.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered at this year’s Shop With a Sheriff event!
Abraham was interested in learning healthy recipes that are popular with children and get them involved in cooking.
Parent advocate Un Un Che learned first-hand what a crucial difference child care financial assistance makes for families.
When you enter Mona Green’s family child care home, you might smell fresh bread baking or gumbo cooking on the stove.
Almost 40 percent of Americans work non-standard hours. As a result, 24-hour daycare centers are becoming more common.
A new study shows that full-day preschool programs may better prepare children for learning and social development compared to part-day programs.
Marsyl, a recent immigrant from Egypt, was concerned that her three-year old son Obama was exhibiting developmental delays.
Fathers play a powerful role in helping their babies form close emotional bonds built on love and trust
Our first Halloween Party was a blast!