The SF Expanded Learning Collaborative has created tools and resources to help parents and family members understand their out of school time options.
Fact Sheets for Parents
These fact sheets are full of great information for parents who are trying to understand their options and are making decisions about their child’s afterschool. The fact sheets include:
– Types of Afterschool Programs in San Francisco
– How to Find an Afterschool Program
– Characteristics of a High-Quality Afterschool Program
Online Program Locator for Afterschool and Summer Programs
With support from the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, the parent-run website www.SFkids.org has an online searchable database of afterschool programs at public school, private school and non-school (or community-based) settings and of summer programs. This site includes a program description, days and hours of operation, ages served, languages spoken, and more.
- For Afterschool Programs, go to http://www.SFKIDS.org/school-year-programs
- For Summer Programs, go to http://www.SFKIDS.org/summer-programs
- Or you can use the “advanced search” feature to search by neighborhood, ages served, or a keyword by clicking here.
Printed Afterschool and Summer Directories
The San Francisco Children’s Council publishes an annual printed directory of programs citywide called the Afterschool Guide (typically released before school starts) and an annual Summer Guide (typically released in the spring). These guides are created in partnership with DCYF and SFKids.org, and you can request a hard copy from the Children’s Council. For more information, click here.
Resource and Referral Services
The San Francisco Children’s Council also has resource and referral counselors on staff who can help address your family’s specific needs for afterschool or summer programming for children up to age 12. You can reach a Resource and Referral staff person at 415.343.3300, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to them in-person Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 445 Church Street, between 16th and 17th Streets.
Learn More at Events
- San Francisco Unified School District Enrollment Fair
The SFUSD Enrollment Fair is held annually in the fall and serves as an opportunity for parents and families to learn about SFUSD schools, and also about the hundreds of afterschool and summer programs that serve SFUSD students. At the event, workshops for parents are offered on how to find the best afterschool program for your child and the Expanded Learning Collaborative has an information booth with staff to answer questions and provide information. For more information about SFUSD enrollment and dates for fairs, visit http://www.sfusd.edu/en/enroll-in-sfusd-schools/getting-started.html
- San Francisco Family Summer Resource Fair
The annual Summer Resource Fair is a unique opportunity for parents and families to learn about the variety of citywide programs, camps and options available to youth in the summer. DCYF, SFUSD and the Rec & Park Department host the resource each spring. Typically occurring in the spring, more than 150 summer program exhibitors from around the City attend the fair that provide programs for youth from Kindergarten through high school. Stop by and see all that summer in San Francisco has to offer! Check www.SFKIDS.org for current information about this year’s fair.
Maps of Programs
The SF Expanded Learning Collaborative has created maps of afterschool and summer programs. These maps may not contain the most up-to-date information since program details change frequently, but can be found here.