Mayor Breed Announces $25 Million ECE Recovery Fund
Mayor London N. Breed today announced $25 million in financial assistance for San Francisco’s early care and education programs.
Licensed and cooperative early care programs may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 as part of this new program. Early care programs can also apply for interest-free loans up to $50,000, repayable over the next five years.
All licensed early child care programs serving children age 0-6 in San Francisco are encouraged to apply: www.sfoece.org/covid-19/early-education-recovery- program/.
Mayor Breed and former Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee created the Early Education Economic Recovery Program with funding from revenue unlocked by Proposition F.
In the announcement, Children’s Council C.E.O. Gina Fromer is quoted, saying, “Much of our city’s workforce continues to struggle during the pandemic now and long-term — restaurants, retail and hospitality, to name a few — and because our workforce relies on child care to get to work in the first place, we need to provide fundamental support to our child care system. This fund will help child care operators of all types remain open and viable, and helps our entire community get back to work.”
According to Mayor London Breed, “Child care providers have really stepped up during the pandemic, with many of them providing emergency child care and making significant modifications to the way they operate. This program ensures that safe, high-quality early care and education remains available to our City’s youngest residents during the pandemic and beyond, which will play a critical role in our economic recovery.
All licensed child care or license-exempt co-operative early care programs providing services to children age birth to six in San Francisco are encouraged to apply on the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education’s (OECE) website: www.sfoece.org/covid-19/early-education-recovery- program/.