Child care services are essential businesses that have been struggling to keep up with costs during the pandemic. To help programs stay open and maintain the availability of high-quality child care in San Francisco, the city has announced $25 million of financial assistance available for the 500 licensed and cooperative early care programs in San Francisco who care for over 10,000 children across the city. 

Eligible programs can receive a grant of up to $15,000, and/or an interest-free loan of up to $50,000 (to be repaid in 5 years). The amount each program can receive in grants or loans will vary depending on funding availability, program type, and population served. These funds will assist with covering costs associated with COVID-19 such as accommodation of smaller group sizes, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and staff compensation.

Program eligibility

San Francisco-based licensed early care and education programs and license-exempt cooperative preschool programs that have not received city funding (i.e. Early Learning Scholarship and/or Preschool for All) are eligible to apply, but also meet the following requirements:

  • In good standing with California Community Care Licensing Division
  • Created and implemented a S.F. Department of Public Health, Health & Safety Plan
  • Registered with the San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Families
  • Serve children between 0-6 years of age

How to apply

To apply, fill out the application on the San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education website here. We encourage eligible providers to apply as soon as possible.