*UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER 7TH: Child care facilities can remain open under California's newly issued "stay at home" order and guidance by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. New requirements do include posting a placard at public entrances showing which ventilation measures they have implemented.
Child Care Eligibility
Starting June 1st, families eligible to utilize child care has expanded so that programs can enroll all children (not just essential workers or vulnerable groups) thanks to a local May 22nd directive.
For school age children, the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s May 22nd Health Order allows child care establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children 6 and older to start June 15th. See related article, I need child care this summer. What should I do?
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 recently updated Child Care Finder centralizes open licensed child care providers in San Francisco organized by zip code along with helpful descriptions and photos. Programs that have completed public health trainings are also noted.
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.