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Connecting to SF Families: DEC’s Weekend of Family Engagement around the City

two women standing with balloons at a table with a DEC tablecloth on it in a park

If you were strolling through San Francisco this weekend, you may have seen DEC’s table. We were out and about, getting to know the children and parents in three of San Francisco’s bustling neighborhoods. Families stopped by to get to know us, complete a survey, and learn about everything SF DEC offers families here in SF, from the family resource centers, to early developmental screenings, to free high quality child care for most families. We had such a great time talking to parents in English, Spanish and Chinese, and it was a beautiful reflection of our city’s diversity.

On Saturday, we set up at Mission Dolores Park, where we met dozens of children and families. Later that afternoon, we visited the buzzing Bayview Popup Up Village and got to meet even more. It was so great to see so many families eager to learn about our initiatives and share their experiences to shape our future work. Sunday, we set up camp at the SF Library on Ocean Ave and had a great time again. Overall, we met over 150 families, and over 60 families shared their experiences parenting in San Francisco through a survey, which will ultimately be used to shape the work we do. 

So, here’s to the wonderful parents who came together to make our community stronger and more inclusive. It was a weekend of connection that emphasized the importance of accessible early childhood resources for every family.