For 50 years, Children’s Council has been the heart of child care and early education in San Francisco, advancing the belief that high-quality child care can transform lives and communities.

Our 140+ team members help families navigate their child care and preschool options and secure financial assistance to pay for it. We provide home-based child care businesses and other early educators with the training and resources to succeed. Through a wide range of free programs and workshops, we support families and caregivers as they build knowledge and skills to support the well-being of their children.

As a major nonprofit contractor for the State of California Department of Social Services, as well as the San Francisco City & County, we steward public dollars to the system of care and early education that serves children ages 0-13. The organization’s current annual budget is almost $250 million, including stewarded child care subsidies, educator stipends, and wage and benefit enhancements of $225 million as well as the organization’s operating budget of $24 million. We educate the public and advocate for increased investment and policies that promote equity in early education at the local and state level.