Policy and Advocacy Work

Children’s Council founder Patty Siegel and former state senator Mark Leno.

Children’s Council has been at the heart of the child care system in San Francisco for over 40 years.

Beyond our core work with families and child care providers, we are committed to advocating with local and state policy-makers on a full range of budget and policy issues related to child care and early childhood education.

Children’s Council sponsors our local chapter of Parent Voices, a parent-led grassroots organization working to make quality child care affordable and accessible to all families.

To stay informed on the latest child care and early childhood education issues facing our community, sign up for our budget and advocacy email alerts and engage with us on Facebook.

Media Coverage & Blog Posts

10/9/2019: City to Award $30MM in Stipends to SF Early Educators

9/14/2019: The fight is not over: business groups appeal “Baby” Prop C

7/29/2019: KALW Radio Panel with CEO Gina M. Fromer: The Rising Cost of Child Care

7/12/2019: It’s official — “Baby Prop C” is safe!

6/21/2019: “Baby Prop C” is going to court: join in the fight!

3/14/2019: El Tecolote: Anti-Tax Advocacy Group Tries to Block SF Voter-Sponsored Funding for Education 

3/12/2019: Blue Ribbon Commission Releases Ambitious Statewide Plan for ECE in CA 

2/3/2019: San Jose Mercury News: The Crushing Quest Bay Area Parents Face for Child Care

2/1/2019: ABC7: The Trauma of Parental Separation

1/29/2019: Children’s Council’s Raegan Sales Appointed to SF Food Security Task Force

11/1/2018: USA Today: Children’s Council’s Healthy Apple Program Makes National News

6/21/2018: Prop C — A Victory for our City 

6/6/2018: Bay Area ReporterChildren’s Council was a proponent of Proposition C.

5/26/2018: San Francisco Chronicle — Executive Director Sandee Blechman: “San Francisco has a well-thought-out plan and clear priorities for how to use funds generated by Prop. C”

5/17/2018: KQED Radio “Prop C Universal Childcare for San Francisco.”
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3/29/2018: Children’s Council Urges You to Vote YES on Prop C

1/24/2018: New York Times: Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

10/26/17: Child Care for Working Families Act in Congress Introduced

7/3/17: Three is the Magic Number for Child Care: Availability, Quality, Affordability

6/29/17:  San Francisco Chronicle: Changes to Child Care in SF

5/21/17: In response to New York TimesGet Ready to Fight for Early Care and Education

5/3/17: Washington Post: Something to Emulate in Washington, D.C.

3/9/17: Immigrants Make Our Community Stronger through Family Child Care

8/16/16: Child Care is Good for Business

6/17/16: Tell Governor to Support Child Care Funding

5/26/16: Tell California Legislature to Spend Budget Surplus on Child Care

1/6/2016: San Francisco Chronicle: Housing Crisis Affects Child Care Providers and Parents

11/6/2015: Share Your Voice: Urgent Community Events

10/2/2015: SF Housing Crisis: Family Child Care Provider Resources

7/7/2015: In response to Washington Post: Is Universal Child Care the Next Big Liberal Cause?

7/6/15: New Investments for California Child Care

1/21/15: Wall Street Journal: President Obama State of the Union: “High quality child care is a must-have.”

3/11/2015: In response to Black Voice News and EdSource: Lack of Early Education Hurting the U.S.

3/2/2015: In response to Roll Call and Washington Post: People are Talking About Child Care 

1/14/15: San Francisco Chronicle: Mayor Ed Lee Announces Preschool Expansion

1/12/15: US News & World Report: Early Education is a National Priority