Family Support

Parents are children’s first and best teachers. They are the primary influence on their children’s development. Over time, young children who benefit from strong parent-child relationships have greater self-confidence, do better in school, and have more positive relationships with peers. Creating rich support networks for parents and caregivers enhances their ability to fulfill this critically important role.
The San Francisco Family Resource Center Initiative, led by First 5 San Francisco and jointly funded with the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families and the San Francisco Human Services Agency, has established a network of 25 Family Resource Centers across the city. These centers provide a warm, welcoming, and respectful place where families can connect with one another, build parenting skills and knowledge of child development, and receive concrete supports when needed. The Initiative has created a solid foundation for building the quality and accessibility of family support across the city. Family Resource Centers serve as a centralized location for children and families to access services critical to their well-being.

Goals, Outcomes, and Strategies

Goal

Family support programs and systems improve the ability of families’ to support children’s lifelong success.

Outcomes

  1. Family Resource Center staff has skills and knowledge to deliver high quality services to children and families.
  2. Parents and caregivers use effective parenting practices as their children grow and develop.
  3. Families have knowledge and skills to navigate systems of care.

Strategies

  1. Develop a comprehensive system to review and support the quality of family support services and to build a highly skilled family support center workforce.
  2. Invest in, sustain, and enhance Family Resource Centers in partnership with the Human Services Agency; Department of Children, Youth and Their Families; and other stakeholders.
  3. Support and engage families through innovative new technologies.

Family Resource Center Initiative

Since 2009, San Francisco has been home to the Family Resource Center Initiative, a system of Family Resource Centers funded by First 5 San Francisco; the Department of Children Youth, and their Families; and San Francisco Human Services Agency.

The Family Resource Center Initiative’s partners share a common vision, goals, and focus on quality. A carefully designed funding model allows each Family Resource Center to base its services on the needs of its neighborhood and target population. Research conducted on funded centers shows that services are equipping families to support their children’s readiness for kindergarten and ongoing school success.

Learn more about our city’s Family Resource Center Initiative! Use our map to find a center in your neighborhood and learn more about the services and opportunities available at each center.

Family Resource Center Locations

Throughout San Francisco, 25 Family Resource Centers are available to serve you and your family. Regardless of age, income, sexual orientation, gender, or disability, centers are open to everyone, making it easy for families to find support.

Family Resource Center Brochure

Given the wide variety of activities available locally, we strongly encourage you to find your nearest Family Resource Center today—our mission is to provide services that will help you and your children thrive. For more information and to contact your local Family Resource Center, please download a brochure below.