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What Is Early Education


“To provide early childhood education programs in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment that promotes each child’s social-emotional, physical, and cognitive growth and competency. We strive to validate the cultural and linguistic heritage of each child and to support families in maintaining their children’s physical and mental health.”
-SFUSD’s Early Education Department Mission Statement


The Early Education Department (EED) of the San Francisco Unified  School District (SFUSD) has been serving children proudly since 1943. (Early Ed. Dept. 75th Anniversary Video)  Started during World War II to help working mothers find childcare, the EED has evolved over the last seven decades to become far more developmentally enriching than its early role. Today, we educate over 4,500 children annually, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, transitional kindergarteners, as well as after-school students to ensure quality educational experiences. San Francisco’s rich ethnic, cultural and linguistic tapestry is well represented in our student population, and we design our curricula and programs to accommodate their incredible diversity.

Children and their families can take advantage of our unique programs and enrichment activities in schools throughout the city five days a week. Our teaching staff brings years of experience and inspiring talent to every classroom, whether your child is enrolled in Pre-K, TK or Out-of-School Time (OST).



As part of the SFUSD, the Early Education Department (EED) has adopted the California Common Core Standards to align with the CA Learning Foundations, ensuring authentic early learning on the road to college and career readiness. In order to eventually prepare our graduating high-school students for the option of enrolling in a four-year undergraduate degree program, pursuing a successful career and living a healthy life, we start working with children early with the goal of ensuring that every child who completes our EED program is ready for kindergarten.

We strive to provide access and equity, aim to improve student achievement, and hold ourselves accountable to students and their families. We believe that academic and social-emotional successes of students are strengthened by the partnerships with their families—a philosophy that not only fosters the lifetime success of the individual but also of the greater school community.