Resources for Families

DEC connects families with young children to city-funded services and supports. Below, you can find resources to help you with child care, parenting support, and child development.

DEC is a new city department. We will be expanding our services over time. We are also working on making our website into a comprehensive resource for families. We appreciate your patience as we make progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us at sfdec@sfgov.org.

Find Early Care and Education

DEC helps families find and pay for high-quality child care and preschool. 

Get Parenting Support

DEC-supported Family Resource Centers offer families parenting support, information, and referrals.

Check your child's development

Through Help Me Grow SF, DEC offers free developmental screenings for children 0-5. DEC also ensures that children who need it can access early intervention services.