DEC provides free parenting support and resources through a network of 26 Family Resource Centers across San Francisco. These centers offer parents a chance to stress less by providing free programs that can enhance parenting skills and knowledge of child development, giving parents the confidence to raise happy, healthy children.
In 2022-2023, family resource centers (FRCs) offered over 18,000 parenting classes, playgroups, family events, and other activities to over 11,000 families and their children. Participation by children is up 65% since the low point of the pandemic, and participation by parents—which was not hit as hard—is up 21%.
In 2023, DEC and FRCs also worked together to make Week of the Young child in April a citywide celebration for families. FRCs hosted more than 40 family friendly events throughout the City, connecting thousands of new families to information about their neighborhood family resource centers and reminding those who already participate about all the FRCs have to offer their families. This celebration really brought into focus what a valuable resource FRCs are for parents, children, and families to build community.
Family resource centers are one of the most important services for parents in San Francisco to build community, reinforce their relationship with their child, and find support from experts.
To learn more about the Family Resource Centers, and find one near you, visit our webpage.