Essential Workers & Special Groups
- Essential worker families*; and
- Vulnerable at-risk populations such as families experiencing homeless, survivors of domestic violence, foster care cases, children with medical or special needs.
- Contractors, volunteers and owners of essential services, outdoor businesses, and individuals performing minimum basic operations for non-essential businesses.
Starting June 1st, families eligible to utilize child care will expand so that programs can enroll all children (not just essential workers or vulnerable groups) thanks to a local May 22nd directive. Check back here and rely on reputable sources, including the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Child Care Law Center, for frequent updates.
Child Care Availability
Child care options during shelter-in-place may include:
- Family Child Care Homes (FCCs)
- Child Care Centers
- Nanny, Babysitter or License Exempt Care
Due to local and state guidelines, there may be reduced group sizes, restrictions, and activities that increase social distancing and help mitigate the health risks to children, families, and educators.
Children’s council has centralized a list of open licensed child care providers in San Francisco organized by zip code along with helpful descriptions and photos. This list is continually updated as more programs open. We note programs that have completed public health trainings.
Paying for Care
Child care programs accept private paying families and families who may be eligible to receive partially or fully subsidized child care. Check out this article " I need help paying for child care during COVID-19. What should I do?" before submitting a request for financial assistance. Please note that the guidance around who can attend child care and the eligibility requirements for financial assistance will continue to evolve as new information is released through the city and state.