Friday, March 10, 2022

Dear Sara,

March is Women’s History Month!

The 2023 theme is Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories because "women have long been instrumental in passing on our heritage in word and in print to communicate the lessons of those who came before us. Women’s stories, and the larger human story, expand our understanding and strengthen our connections with each other."

Our San Francisco ECE community is predominantly women and most especially women of color and immigrants. ECESF is proud to bring together a diverse network of leaders, including early care educators, pedagogues, and administrators across programs to reflect, prioritize, and speak to our needs. That’s why ECESF holds community gatherings to offer spaces for educators to get to know each other and build our collective power as Early Care Educators of San Francisco. Join us! – Únete a nosotras! – 加入我们 !

We also strive to keep you all connected and on top of the latest community events and resources, as well as local, state, and national policy development through our monthly newsletter.

In this month's newsletter:

  • Important Provider Resources
  • Updates In Local & State Public Policy
  • ECE Professional Development Opportunities
  • ECE Funding & Fundraiser For Local Preschool Teacher
  • Upcoming Community Events
  • ECE Job Postings

In community,

Sara & Anna

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ECE Provider Resources

CCLD has released new Provider Information regarding COVID-19 below:

PIN 23-04-CCP: End of State of Emergency Related to COVID-19 and Expiration of COVID-19 Waivers   


PIN 23-05-CCP: Notice of Superseded PINs Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Creating Equitable Early Learning Environments for Young Boys of Color

Creating Equitable Early Learning Environments for Young Boys of Color provides an honest and comprehensive look at the inequitable experiences our youngest Boys of Color have in early learning programs including disproportionate rates of exclusionary discipline. This book highlights the critical need to disrupt these patterns and create strength-based and equity-oriented early childhood environments that support Boys of Color to thrive. This groundbreaking resource draws on the most contemporary research for early childhood educators committed to improving race equity within their classrooms and programs. A wide range of practical strategies provide educators with actions they can take right away to create strengths-based, responsive early education environments that support our youngest Boys of Color to thrive. Key topics include building racial equity awareness, strategies to address implicit bias, responsive relationships with love at the center, culturally responsive practice, and the importance of building reciprocal partnerships with families.

This publication was written primarily for early childhood teachers and providers and program and school leaders. However, the information is also relevant for infrastructure staff, professional development and coaching professionals, child advocates, and college instructors.  

To download this free publication, please visit the EED Publications website.

If you have questions about this or other publications from the EED, call 916-322-6233. 

Nature Play Opportunities For Preschools, FCCs FRCs, and Families:


EcoCenter @ Heron's Head Park

Opportunities to preschool youth & programs in District 10. 


Explore and Learn 

Explore and Learn is a program for preschoolers and their caregivers to connect with nature through stories and outdoor activities. Join our partners, Edgewood Resource Center and Tandem Partners in Early Learning on the last Tuesday of every month (except December). The event is FREE and Bayview Pre-K youth and daycares are highly encouraged to attend. Must register.

Sign up here

See program flyer


Storytime Legends 

Storytime legends engage children 3 to 7 years old and their families. Come in and enjoy a book reading with a corresponding hands-on activity. The event is FREE and Bayview Pre-K youth and daycares are highly encouraged to attend. Must register.

Sign up here

See program flyer

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EcoCenter Field Trips and Mobile Programs  

Check out our Pre-K - 1st Grade programs here

Email to learn more. 


Drop-In Equipment Loans

The EcoCenter offers free loans for binoculars, bird guidebooks, and fishing rods. We simply ask that you leave an ID or item of similar nature as collateral. Equipment is loaned out on a first come, first served basis Tuesday - Saturday.

For more information contact EcoCenter staff at or (415) 676-1394.

Program Duration

Virtual Programs: 45 minutes

In-Person: Pre-site visit program led by a park ranger at your site: 1 hour

In-Person: Park-site visit ranger program and hike: 2 hours

To reserve your park-visit or virtual ranger led program, email or call (415)561-2805, with your preferred dates and times.

ECE Public Policy

Take Action Now! Tell the Governor and your State Representatives that our State budget needs to support our children, families, and early educators!

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A Message From Children's Council:

In January, Governor Newsom proposed his initial plans for the State's 2023-2024 budget. Unfortunately, critical exemptions and waivers in previous budget agreements have been left out of this proposed budget. These waivers are set to expire at the end of July and their exclusion will put families and child care providers in San Francisco and across the state at risk.

In May, the Governor, with consultation from our State Representatives, will introduce revised budget plans. That means we need to let our Representatives in the legislature know now the revised budget needs to support Early Care & Education.


Policy Change Priorities: Reflecting on Build Back Better and Other Federal Legislation


Join CCAoA’s Policy team for a conversation about the pros and cons of policies in federal legislation to transform the child care system.


Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 11AM PST on ZOOM

Register here.

California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education Division (EED)

Virtual Input Sessions on Regulations for the Enrollment Set Aside for Children with Disabilities and Waiver Process in the California State Preschool Program  

Attention: All Executive Directors, Program Directors, and other interested parties


There will be two virtual input sessions. Participants may attend only one input session.


Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This is not an informational webinar; it is an opportunity for the public to actively participate in providing input on the topics below.

The purpose of the sessions is to gather information from interest holders that will inform the drafting of regulations regarding the requirements outlined in Education Code (EC) sections 8208(c)(1), (c)(2), (d)(2)(A), and (d)(2)(B) concerning: Meeting the requirement to set aside a percentage of funded enrollment for children with disabilities. The waiver process for contractors that are not meeting the set aside.

To register you must complete the following steps:

1.   Email with your name, your agency name, and the dates you are available to attend. These input sessions will have a limited capacity and participants will be chosen to attend on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

2.  You will receive a response email with a link to register for one of the input sessions – please be sure to register once you receive the link, you will not be automatically registered. 

Have you read the SFAARAC's Draft Recommendations? Download a PDF copy. And don't forget to share with your communities! 

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has scheduled the hearing to accept, amend or reject the Draft Reparations Plan at a Special Board of Supervisors Hearing on March 14 at 3:00 PM.

This meeting will take place in person at City Hall (Room 250) and online. For more details-- including the agenda and live viewing link-- please visit the Board of Supervisors website.

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Reset and Renew: What Aligned Campaigns Learned from Setbacks” Webinar Highlights and Recording

On February 16, advocate leaders from aligned movements came together to share their reflections and insights for recovering and persisting in the wake of political and legislative setbacks. The conversation was refreshingly encouraging and centered on themes of the dynamic nature of political change, the critical catalyst of power building and diversifying our coalitions, and committing to our due diligence in anticipating the opposition. 

A recording of the webinar is now available.

Resources Shared


ECE Professional Development

Fall 2023 EDvance College Information Sessions

Information sessions are open to any early childhood educator interested in learning about EDvance College, the admissions process, and the BA in Early Childhood Studies (ECS) from current students and staff. 

Zoom Information Sessions: RSVP here

  • Monday, March 13 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 23 6:00-6:30 PM
  • Monday, March 27 6:30-7:00 PM

RSVP to a zoom information session and/or complete the EDvance College application.

Connect with the EDVance College team at If you would like to schedule a zoom or in-person information session specifically for your staff please contact

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California Department of Education Literacy Webinar

March 23, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.

Register here.

Learn about strategies to help California students reach our goal of reading by 3rd grade. Administrators, teachers, reading coaches and specialists, classified staff, parents, and students are invited to attend. During the webinar, presenters will highlight a number of key strategies and tools that have been proven to help students meet literacy goals. This is a great opportunity for Preschool Through Grade 3 (P-3) and Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) interest holders to learn about literacy efforts in our state. 

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Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Training and Technical Assistance Project 


Learn more about implementing the Desired Results System with the following FREE resources:

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, family member, or special educator, the Desired Results project provides the information you need to stay informed about using the DRDP for all children. Topics range from observation to understanding and using reports.

New Online Learning Series for California’s Early Learning and Care Professionals

The module series, offered in multiple languages, will launch in multiple phases and be available on California Early Childhood Online (CECO). Content overviews for each series will be available on the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five and Quality Counts California websites.

ECE Funding & Financial Assistance

Help a friend, neighbor, PRESCHOOL TEACHER, mom, wife, colleague, and her family recover from house fire:

Learning Bridge Preschool Community is advocating for their teacher and her family who were impacted by the explosion in the SF Sunset area. Her family's home was destroyed while they were away at work and school. The parents/families at Learning Bridge have put together this way to help the family. If you can help to spread the word to your community by sharing the GoFundMe link, to help this family recover, and feel supported, it would be greatly appreciated.

News article: The house next door: S.F. family living next to the house that exploded also lost their home

General Child Care and Development (CCTR) Fiscal Year (FY) 2022–23

Request for Funding Applications

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) announces the availability of a second round of CCTR program funds to provide direct services for eligible children as defined in California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 10213.5(i). Funds are available for both Local Educational Agency (LEA) and non-LEA applicants to provide full-day/full-year services on or after April 1, 2023.

Please refer to the information within the CCTR FY 2022–23 Web page for additional information on how to apply. Applications for this second opportunity must be received 11:59 pm on March 30, 2023!

If you have any questions, please email or call 916-639-7944.

2022–23 Universal PreKindergarten Planning & Implementation Grant and Countywide Planning and Capacity Building Grant Allocations  

The California Department of Education (CDE) announced that the 2022–23 Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) Planning & Implementation (P&I) Grant funds and the Countywide Planning and Capacity Building Grant funds have been allocated. Pursuant to Education Code (EC) 8281.5(d), the sum of three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000) has been allocated to local educational agencies (LEAs) and county offices of education (COEs) for the UPK P&I Grant Program. These funds shall be expended by June 30, 2026.

Grant funds may be used for costs associated with creating or expanding California State Preschool Programs (CSPPs) or transitional kindergarten (TK) programs, or to establish or strengthen partnerships with other providers of pre-k education within the LEA, including Head Start programs, to ensure that high-quality options for pre-k are available for children 4 years old.

For more information about these allocations, please visit these CDE web pages:  

UPK P&I Grant (LEAs)  & Countywide Planning and Capacity Building (COEs) 

Upcoming Community Events

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Job Postings

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Centro Las Olas

Directore de operaciones

Una escuela co-operativa en español busca contratar para tiempo parcial a une directore de operaciones. 

Kai Ming (multiple positions) 

Assistant Teacher at Richmond Center - Learn more/Apply

Lead Teacher at Geary Center - Learn more/Apply

*We recognize there are many available ECE positions during any given month and we do our best to share the vacancies sent to us. Have an ECE job posting you would like included? Send a link (best), PDF, or word document to

Are you an Early Care Educator in San Francisco?

¿Es usted un educador de cuidado infantil en San Francisco?


ECESF is a grassroots organization bringing San Francisco early care educators together across diverse ECE community and public sites. We are peers supporting each other, making sure we all know what's happening, and ensuring that new programs implemented to help us and the important work we do really do make a difference. If you are passionate about child care and education and know that a well-paid, stable workforce and great working conditions are essential to deliver great services, you won’t want to miss out on the discussions happening in our ECESF community including:

  • Educator focus groups
  • Core leadership meetings 
  • Teacher advocacy meetings  
  • Special events & community discussions

If you or an educator you know is ready to get involved, fill out our ECESF Interest Form below and we'll make sure you get connected!

ECESF es una organización de base que reúne a los educadores de atención temprana de San Francisco en diversos sitios públicos y comunitarios de ECE. Somos compañeros apoyándonos unos a otros, asegurándonos de que todos sepamos lo que está pasando y garantizando que los nuevos programas

que se implementan para ayudarnos y el importante trabajo que hacemos realmente marquen la diferencia. Si le apasiona la

atención y educación infantil y sabe que una fuerza laboral estable y bien pagada junto

con excelentes condiciones de trabajo son esenciales para brindar excelentes servicios, no querrá perderse las conversaciones que

tienen lugar en nuestra comunidad ECESF, que incluyen:

  • Grupos de enfoque de educadores
  • Reuniones de liderazgo central
  • Reuniones de defensa de los docentes
  • Eventos especiales y debates comunitarios

Si usted o un educador que conoce están listos para involucrarse, complete nuestro Formulario de interés de ECESF a continuación y nos aseguraremos de entrar en contacto.

ECESF 是一個草根組織,聚集了來自不同ECE 社區和公共場所的早期護理教育工作者。我們是相互支援的伴,我們確信我們都知道當下正在發生的事情,並確保實施的新計劃可以幫助我們以及我們所做的重要工作確能有所作為。如果您對兒童護理和教育充滿情,並且知道高薪、穩定的勞動力和良好的工作條件對於提供優質服務至關重要,那麼您一定不想錯過我們 ECESF 社區正在進行的討論,包括:

● 教育工作者焦點小組

● 核心領導會議

● 教師宣傳會議

● 特別活動和社群討論

如果您或您認識的教育工作者準備參加,請填寫下面的ECESF 興趣表,我們一定會聯繫您!

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ECESF receives funding from the Department of Early Childhood (DEC) to provide field building and peer supports to early care educators, as well as generous donations and in-kind contributions to build our advocacy and community work from individual early care educators, and allies, community organizations and agencies. Support our work. Donate!