Early Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Early Education Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last updated June 8, 2021

When will Summer Out of School Time, In Person services begin for TK-5th grade?

For families enrolled for Summer Out of School Time services TK-5th grade, please note that In Person summer OST will begin on Tuesday June 8th.  

What will the EED 2020-2021 school year look like with regard to childcare options, PreK and OST distance learning, tuition, and enrollment?

Please see the July 30, 2020 EED Communication to FamiliesAccess the EED Communication to Families in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese.

How will the hard copy packets be distributed to families given social distancing and sheltering in place?

We plan to distribute paper packets and materials for families who may not have access to the online resources that the Early Education Department has created through Google classroom.

What is the plan to roll out digital support in the form of devices for PK & TK families?

Digital support and trouble shooting for PK & TK families is accessible through the EED Google Classroom resources.  Devices for PK and TK families are not available during this time by SFUSD.

How do we build and maintain community for families receiving services through the Early Education Department (EED)?

We maintain community with our parents/caregivers through a scheduled phone call, an email, even sending a note through ‘snail mail’ to let them know that we are here for them. Teachers will reach out to Family Support Specialists or Family Liaison at the school site to help make a plan to keep in contact with families during this time.

If I am making other arrangements and not enrolling my child this fall can I hold my child’s spot?

SFUSD will be providing instruction this fall through more synchronous (live online and TV) and asynchronous learning activities (learning packets, books, lessons, learning apps online). We encourage families to keep their child enrolled so they can access this instruction and keep their child connected with their school community and the learning opportunities provided.  

If families choose to not have their child participate in SFUSD distance learning this fall, the school district will not be able to hold their child’s school placement.

Will family fees be collected for a family who is eligible for state subsidies during distance learning?

No. While in distance learning, families who are eligible for subsidized services, based on California Department of Education's directive, will not be charged for distance learning. Family fees are waived for the 2020- 2021 school year for families when all children in the family enrolled in subsidized EED programs remain at home--either for distance learning when the school is closed, when all currently enrolled children are not able to receive in-person services due to a public health order, or for families sheltering-in-place due to COVID-19. Once programs are back to in person learning, procedures and protocols for fee collection will resume.

Who will return first to PK in-person classrooms?

There will be a limited number of in-person learning spaces for PreK. The SFUSD Early Education Department will follow the Title 5 State Guidelines and prioritize seats for in-person learning in the following manner:

  1. Families who receive subsidies whose children will be 5 years old by December 2, 2021 (Transitional Kindergarten  or Kindergarten eligible)

  2. Families who receive subsidies whose children's birthday is after December 2, and will not be TK or K eligible.

  3. Families who do not receive subsidies whose children will be 5 years old by December 2, 2021 (Transitional Kindergarten  or Kindergarten eligible)

  4. Families of younger children who do not receive subsidies whose children's birthday is after December 2, and will not be TK or K eligible.

Distance learning will continue for students who are not yet placed in-person learning. (please also see Learning Plans FAQs)

Will PK families with TK age eligible children be able to continue in their current PK classroom for the 2021-2022 school year?

The SFUSD Early Education Department received a TK policy from the State of California summarizing information and providing steps to school administration to help support any family who has questions regarding placement in the new school year. Please click here to see the State's TK Policy.