How to Apply for Early Education Programs

Changes Due to COVID-19

In light of recent news and school closures, we are making efforts to minimize the interruption to our services.  The Early Education Office will be closed until further notice. You can still reach us at: (415) 241-6085 or (415) 401-2500 or email us at to schedule an appointment.

We will not have any in-person appointments, but we are accepting PreK applications via email and preparing documents for the recertifications.  To apply for subsidized PreK, parents can complete the online application at  Or email their application to EED at and we can enter it into Early Learning SF.  For families who are applying for the Tuition Based slots, they can mail PreK application along with the non-refundable $100.00 (money order or cashier’s check) to either address indicated on the application.

If you have any questions about the PreK application or enrollment process, you can contact the Early Education Office by email at

Steps 1-5

STEP 1: Fill Out An Application

Pick up an application at one of our Early Education Enrollment Offices or download the PreK Application. Make sure you complete all sections and sign and date the application form.

Families who qualify for subsidized tuition may complete and submit an online application at To find out if you qualify, call us at 415-401-2500.

PreK Applications

English PreK Application     Solicitud de preescolar en español     中国学前班申请


STEP 2: Submit Your Child's Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please return your completed application to one of two Early Education Enrollment Office locations. Once you have submitted your application, you will be placed on a waiting list for the school(s) you have requested.

Early Education Enrollment Office Locations

Civic Center
555 Franklin Street, Room 100, San Francisco, CA 94102

1520 Oakdale Avenue, Room 30, San Francisco, CA 94124

STEP 3: Verify Your Income

An Enrollment Representative will contact you to schedule an in-person interview to verify your income. Please have one of the following documents ready. Please be advised that all documents must be originals.

  • Paycheck stubs, or other record of wages issued by your employer
  • A signed letter stating the source and amount of your income
  • A copy of your most recently signed and completed tax return with a statement of current estimated income for tax purposes, or other business records

If you do not have these documents, an Enrollment Representative will work with you to get another source of income verification.

STEP 4: Prepare Your Documents

Please be advised that all documents must be originals.

Parent/Guardian’s Picture ID

  • CA Driver’s License, U.S. Passport, or Green Card

Proof of Child’s Birth

  • Birth Certificate or Hospital Record for all children under the age of 18 in the household
  • If the document does not contain the parent/guardian’s name, additional guardianship verification is required.

Health Exam & Immunization Records

  • Please have your child’s primary care physician complete the Medical Exam Form (available at our Early Education Enrollment Offices).
  • If you do not have a physician, please contact the Department of Public Health at 1-800-300-9950 for information and referral for health services.

Proof of Residency (Home Address)

  • Proof of home address that include the name and address of the parent or guardian

Proof of Parent's Need for PreK

  • Proof showing that you are working, looking for employment, in school or a training program, homeless or seeking permanent housing, or medically incapacitated.

STEP 5: Enroll in SFUSD’S PreK

When you receive a placement offer, you must schedule an enrollment interview with a specialist at an Early Education Enrollment Office. At the time of your interview, you must bring the following documents. Please be advised that all documents must be originals.

  • Parent or Guardian’s picture ID
  • Birth Certificate or Hospital Record for all children under the age of 18 in the household
  • Child’s physical exam and immunization record (including Tuberculosis Skin Test within one year and Varicella, which must be up-to-date for prek children)
  • Proof of home address

During the enrollment interview, you will sign a contract that allows your child to participate in a SFUSD prekindergarten.