What Is Early Education

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Our Mission

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.

Who We Are

The Early Education Department (EED) of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has been serving children proudly since 1943. 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 afterschool 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 PreK, TK or Out-of-School Time (OST).

Proudly Serving Children since 1943

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