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Early Education Enrollment

For information about enrollment, please contact

EED Enrollment Office, Central Campus

555 Franklin Street, Room 100-EED
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 241-6085 Ext. 1117 - 1122

Due to staff professional development, our offices will open at 10:00 a.m. on the third Friday of every month.  Please see additional closures on the right side of this web page.

EED Enrollment Office, Southeast Campus

1520 Oakdale Avenue, Room 30
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 401-2500

Early Education Department Enrollment

The Early Education Department (EED) has different types of programs that are available for families.  We are able to provide different programs for your child because we receive funding from different sources. Each program has different qualifications, and below are brief descriptions of each program.


SFUSD provides both a tuition-based and subsidized Pre-K and OST options. Qualifying families may take advantage of a sliding scale -subsidized tuition, based on family income. Additionally, families may seek subsidies if parents or guardians are:

  • employed or seeking employment
  • attending school
  • medically incapacitated
  • participating in CalWorks through Social Services
  • seeking permanent housing
  • receiving Child Protective Services

 Tuition-based enrollment slots are available on a first come first serve basis.  Each school will invoice families on a monthly basis, and all fees are to be paid directly to your child’s school.

Please contact the EED Enrollment Office to inquire about your child’s eligibility for tuition or subsidized fees prior to applying. For more information, call (415) 241-6085.

Subsidized Care

The California Department of Education provides aid to low income families with identified needs in order for them to obtain child care for their children in publicly funded Early Education Department programs. The lowest income families with regulatory needs have priority to receive the subsidized care.

Types of Services

We provide school day/school term preschool education (up to 6 hours); full-time/year round preschool education and child care (6.5 to 10 plus hours); and we provide school-age after-school care (3 to 4 hours) and full-time care during spring and summer breaks.

Special Education Services

If you have questions regarding Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), please visit their website.

Title V (Subsidized Care)

Families may request that the application be mailed to them or can come into the office to pick it up and/or receive assistance from one of our enrollment clerks to complete and leave it for processing. You can also go online to the SFCEL and complete an application.

The family must meet the following criteria to have their application processed by the EED:

  • Be income eligible.
  • The child must reach his/her third birthday by December 2nd of the fiscal year they wish to enroll the child. (For Pre-K)
  • parents/guardians must meet at least one of the need requirements.
  • Must have proof that the parents/guardians are a California resident.

Once the parents/guardians complete and submit the application, the EED enrollment clerk will place the family on the San Francisco Childcare Eligibility List (SFCEL). SFCEL will send the family a letter confirming that the family is on the list. The family then must wait until one of the three neighborhoods that they have identified has a school with an opening. The EED enrollment office will then contact the family to come to the enrollment office to begin the enrollment process. The family must come in to enroll their child within 10 working days of being notified or the space cannot be held. The enrollment clerk will tell the parent/guardian to bring the following documentation to the enrollment interview:

  • Official identification (driver’s licenses, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of address (must be in California)
  • The child’s birth certificate
  • SFUSD health form with proof of immunization and physical examination
  • Personal information form
  • Income verification (two recent consecutive check stubs, AFDC grant award letter, Social Security benefits, child support, etc.)
  • Training verification form (if applicable—only required for subsidized care).

If the family does not enroll, they will be placed back on the SFCEL waiting list.

Tuition-Based Care (Full Cost)

Families who do not qualify for subsidized care can pay a full fee (referred to as "tuition") for care in the EED. Tuition-based families do not have to meet a ‘need’ requirement. Tuition-based and subsidized children are in the same classrooms and receive the same services.

Preschool for All Program Qualifications

Child must be 4 years of age by September 1 in the year that the child is enrolling. Family must reside in San Francisco.

EED Enrollment Office within SFUSD's Educational Placement Center
555 Franklin Street, Room 100-EED
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 241-6085 Ext. 1117 - 1122

Other Early Education Department enrollment forms: