Friday, January 13, 2023

Dear Sara,

The new year has begun, and we look forward to working with you to strengthen our early care and education community! We hope this message finds you refreshed and ready to tackle new opportunities.

Our work ahead includes the upcoming San Francisco budget season—an opportunity to let San Francisco departments, including the new Department of Early Childhood (DEC), know what's working and what's needed so they can adjust policies and allocate funds to best serve 0-5 year old children, their families, and the educators that provide their care and education. Last year DEC released over $252M in Baby C dollars, with over $70M of this to teacher wages and workforce supports. How did this impact you and your program?

ECESF holds community convenings to share the experiences of educators at ECE sites and identify priority needs, working alongside city partners and allies to develop solution-based strategies. See our interest form below—and come join us!

In this newsletter, you will find lots of useful information and resources for early care educators, program administrators, and the families you serve: 

  • Celebrating MLK Day & Racial Learning in Early Childhood
  • Exchange Leadership Initiative
  • Important Emergency Preparedness & Relief Information
  • Update on CA Governor's Budget
  • Community Events & Resources
  • Job Postings


Please make sure to click the links to find out more and/or read translated materials!


¡Asegúrese de hacer clic en el enlace para obtener más información y/o leer el material traducido!

In community,

Sara & Anna

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Monday, January 16th

In the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed annually on the third Monday in January. The day commemorates the life and work of the influential civil rights leader, Dr. King.

Are you wondering how to honor and share his legacy with young children?

Here are some Do's and Don'ts to prepare, implement, and continue understanding bias, the history of race, and civil rights in your classrooms throughout the year. List created & published by early educator, Ijumaa Jordan.

Learn more about "Defending and Celebrating Racial Learning in Early Childhood"!

Watch the EmbraceRace Early Childhood Summit, featuring four "tiny talks," a panel, and breakout sessions. To extend the conversation from the summit further, they are offering an interactive, 2-hour workshop, "Extending Your Practice" with time to reflect on the summit themes with the community and to set concrete next steps for translating learning into practice. The workshop happens on Saturday, January 21st from 9am to 11 am PST. Read more and register on the event page!

Join the next cohort of ECE Leaders!

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Exchange Leadership Initiative: Call for Applications

Do you know someone who has impacted the world of early care and education? Maybe that someone is you! Exchange Press identifies and supports leaders in all facets of our field through the Exchange Leadership Initiative (ELI) and they are looking for applicants for the 2023 cohort of Exchange Leaders:

Let’s empower those we see lead, encouraging them to acknowledge their impact as changemakers, mentors, and role models.

Let’s intentionally consider diversity and equity, inviting our colleagues who may have been marginalized due to systemic inequities.

Let’s reach out to leaders who may not yet recognize this call to action is for them.

“As I go through doors of opportunity, I want to ensure that I leave the door open behind me with a welcome mat for other leaders to join me... If we all work together to support each other, we can have a positive impact and ensure that the early childhood education profession is seen as a profession of excellence.” —Lauren Bond, Exchange Leader 2022

Apply for yourself, or to send an invitation to apply to someone you recommend. The deadline for applications is March 27, 2023. Don't delay: part of the application includes letters of recommendation specifically for ELI.

Emergency Preparedness & Relief Information

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San Francisco Emergency Disaster Relief

The City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) has secured grant funding to provide eligible community-serving organizations and agencies with equipment that can be used to protect the health and well-being of their staff and clients during extreme weather events. 

For more information, please visit the webpage.

Important Program Activity Dates

  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 2pm-3pm- Online Program Application Briefing/Q&A - Register here
  • Friday, February 3, 2022 at 5pm - Application window closes
  • February 2023 - Application review and selection
  • March 2023 - Selected organizations are announced & contacted for program enrollment

*IMPORTANT: Please complete one application per individual organization site requesting equipment. They may not be able to accept all applications due to limited equipment inventory.

For any questions or concerns about the application process, contact: or program support:

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s Floodwater Management Grant Assistance Program helps property owners in San Francisco minimize the risk of flooding on their properties due to heavy rainstorms. We encourage you to take advantage of the Grant Program. Resources to help you navigate the Floodwater Grant Program include: o Up to $100,000 reimbursement for eligible flood-proofing projects

For more information, review & submit the Grant Interest Form.

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The California Department of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) would like to alert all CCDD contractors that the California Department of Health and Human Services (CalHHS) has recently posted a resource guide for emergencies.

CalHHS Emergency Resource Guide

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Emergency Disaster Relief Information Related to Statewide Emergency Due to Flooding and Extreme Weather Conditions

Some natural events may have rendered early education centers and family child care homes unable to offer childcare services, while other events may have increased the number of families experiencing homelessness. The CDE, EED is providing information that may be helpful in responding to local disasters, as well as for local agency recovery efforts in continuing to serve California’s early education needs:

Reimbursement for Reduced Days of Operation

The California Education Code (EC) Section 8249 states that agencies that are unable to operate due incomplete repairs and renovations that have been authorized by the CDE, or due to circumstances beyond their control, including, but not limited to, earthquakes, fires, or floods, will not be financially penalized for approved day(s) of closure. Please contact your assigned EED Program Quality Implementation (PQI) office regional consultant as soon as possible if your agency was impacted by the weather or if you have any questions regarding this announcement. The PQI Regional Consultant Directory can be accessed on the Consultant Regional Assignments web page. If you are unable to access the webpage please call the EED main phone line at 916-322-6233.

Incidents at Licensed Facilities

If you operate a licensed facility, please report any incidents on the premises to the California Department of Social Services pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, sections 101212(d) and 102416.2(c). All licensed facilities should follow their disaster plans on file pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1596.95(f).

Families Experiencing Homelessness due to a Disaster

For information regarding Homeless Children and Youth, please refer to Management Bulletin (MB) 18-04 which is located on the CDE website. MB 18-04 communicates provisions for contractors in order to better support and serve families who are experiencing homelessness.

Resources for Disaster Response and Recovery

California Resource and Referral (R&R) programs provide training and technical assistance, as well as resources for early learning and care providers. Please contact your local R&R for information on available resources. A list of R&Rs can be found at the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network website.

Additional Resources

For information on the CDE Resources for Disaster and Emergency Resources, please refer to the CDE Resources for Natural Disaster and Severe Weather web page.

For non-emergency assistance in San Francisco, such as sewer back-up or sandbag needs, you can visit or call 311.

ECE State Public Policy

Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) briefing to discuss the Governor’s proposed investments in Child Care and Development for Fiscal Year 2023-2024

Thursday, January 19th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

Please register for the event here.

Live, simultaneous interpretation in Español, 廣東人(Cantonese) and American Sign Language.



CCDD sesión informativa para discutirán las inversiones propuestas por el gobernador en el ámbito de cuidado y desarrollo infantil para el año fiscal 2023-2024.

El jueves 19 de enero de 11:00 a. m. a 12:00 p. m. 

Inscríbase al evento aquí

Se proporcionarán servicios de interpretación simultánea en vivo en español, cantonés y lenguaje de señas americano.

ECE In The News

Check out the latest in ECE on our ECE in the News website page!

ECE Educator & Provider Resources

Attention: All Executive Directors, Program Directors of California State Preschool Programs (CSPP) and other interested parties

Upcoming webinars and technical assistance (TA) sessions that will cover the content of Management Bulletins (MB) to provide guidance on how to implement recent changes to statute, as well as questions from the field on implementation:


Governor’s Proposed 2023–24 Budget

January 17, 2023 4:00pm–5:00pm

This webinar is intended to review and highlight information released in the Governor’s January Budget Proposal for 2023–24.

Zoom link:

CPARIS Contract Earnings Calculations

January 19, 2023 10:00am–11:30am

This webinar is intended to discuss information related to the deployment of calculation worksheets in the Child Development Provider Accounting Reporting Information System (CPARIS).

Zoom link:

Serving Children with Disabilities (Children with Exceptional Needs)

January 26, 2023 10:00am–11:00am 

Zoom link: 

Technical Assistance (TA) Sessions

Eligibility and Priority

January 25, 2023 3:30pm–4:30pm

Zoom link:

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The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will host its next Child Care and Development Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar on Friday, January 27th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. 

Please register for the event here.

During the webinar, we will share the impact that pandemic relief investments and policy flexibilities have had on providers and families. We will also speak about the transfer of the PDG-R grant to CDSS from the California Health and Human Services Agency and will highlight the critical role that Local Planning Councils play in child care planning and governance.  

Live, simultaneous interpretation in Español, 廣東人(Cantonese) and American Sign Language.

Attention: Preschool and TK teachers, family childcare providers, coaches and trainers, site supervisors, and directors

The California Department of Education (CDE) would like to hear from you during virtual focus groups in January 2023! 

CDE has been reviewing and revising the Preschool Learning Foundations (PLF). Revisions are based on suggestions from focus groups conducted last spring, recent research in the field, and best practices to support equity, multilingual learners, and the inclusion of children with disabilities.

CDE invites you to share your feedback on the revisions of the PLF for the remaining domains: Approaches to Learning, Social-Emotional Development, History & Social Science, Math, Science, and Language & Literacy.

Please fill out an interest form to join fellow educators and practitioners in virtual focus groups in January 2023 (about 1 hour and 15 minutes) to share feedback on the revised foundations. Those selected for a focus group will receive a $50 stipend as compensation for participating.

Attention Educators: Enroll in Health Insurance TODAY!

Any early childhood education workers who do not receive coverage through their jobs, or those who may have lost health care coverage are eligible for health coverage on!


This is the last chance to enroll in health coverage on during the Open Enrollment Period. Make sure that you sign up for health coverage by the January 15 enrollment deadline!

Family Child Care Unit Available!

¡Unidad de cuidado de niños en el hogar disponible!


Please see flyer in English, Español, and 中文 to find application packets for the First Come First Served waitlist for a unit with space to operate a Family Child Care Home Business at 681 Florida-Casa Adelante. This unit is a 2 BR unit restricted at 85% of the AMI. The maximum income for the household ranges between $94,200 for 2 persons to $127,200 for a 5 persons household. The rent for this unit will be $2,377 and the minimum income $4,754/mo. 

Applications for this unit will be processed according to the order in which they are received

Upcoming Community Events

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The Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) invites you to attend the upcoming PITC Academy for Program Directors. The PITC Academy for Program Directors is a three-day in-person event for infant/toddler program leaders that builds awareness and supports the utilization of new materials developed as part of the California Early Learning and Development System. 

March 13-15, 2023 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina 

Full-day sessions are on March 13 and 14 and a half-day on March 15. The event ends at noon on March 15. 


The publication Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Disabilities, Second Edition, developed by the California Department of Education, anchors this year’s event. 

Directors and assistant directors, managers, supervisors, coordinators, curriculum specialists, center-based directors, and operators of large family child care programs (licensed for 12-14 children) are encouraged to apply. 

Online applications close on January 20, 2023. Please visit the PITC website for more information. The event is limited to 50 participants.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 10:30 AM PST

Click here for additional information and webinar registration.

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The BUILD Initiative is now accepting session proposals for BUILD 2023. Share your knowledge and experience and help co-create a strong, ongoing learning community! Click here for more information and a worksheet to help you prepare your responses for submission before the deadline on Friday, February 3. 

African American Early Childhood Educators (AAECE)

is hosting their 3rd annual Stem Frenzy!

April 1, 2023 from 10am - 3pm



Visit the AAECE website for more details on last year's Stem Frenzy.

If you are interested in tabling at the event, email

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Can’t join in person? NAEYC is offering a “virtual-only” opportunity, with two half-days of content before and after the in-person meeting.

Job Postings

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Kai Ming (multiple positions) 

Lead Teacher - Learn more/Apply

Friends of St. Francis Childcare Center

Site Supervisor - Learn more/Apply 

or email resumes to


Director, Family Support and Wellness - Learn more/Apply

or email resumes to

Check out the Department of Early Childhood's New Job Site!

Workforce Initiatives Manager

Quality Early Learning Programs Manager

*We recognize there are many available ECE positions during any given month and we do our best to share the vacancies sent to us. Have an ECE job posting you would like included? Send a link (best), PDF, or word document to

Are you an Early Care Educator in San Francisco?

¿Es usted un educador de cuidado infantil en San Francisco?


ECESF is a grassroots organization bringing San Francisco early care educators together across diverse ECE community and public sites. We are peers supporting each other, making sure we all know what's happening, and ensuring that new programs implemented to help us and the important work we do really do make a difference. If you are passionate about child care and education and know that a well-paid, stable workforce and great working conditions are essential to deliver great services, you won’t want to miss out on the discussions happening in our ECESF community including:

  • Educator focus groups
  • Core leadership meetings 
  • Teacher advocacy meetings  
  • Special events & community discussions


If you or an educator you know is ready to get involved, fill out our ECESF Interest Form below and we'll make sure you get connected!

ECESF es una organización de base que reúne a los educadores de atención temprana de San Francisco en diversos sitios públicos y comunitarios de ECE. Somos compañeros apoyándonos unos a otros, asegurándonos de que todos sepamos lo que está pasando y garantizando que los nuevos programas

que se implementan para ayudarnos y el importante trabajo que hacemos realmente marquen la diferencia. Si le apasiona la

atención y educación infantil y sabe que una fuerza laboral estable y bien pagada junto

con excelentes condiciones de trabajo son esenciales para brindar excelentes servicios, no querrá perderse las conversaciones que

tienen lugar en nuestra comunidad ECESF, que incluyen:


  • Grupos de enfoque de educadores
  • Reuniones de liderazgo central
  • Reuniones de defensa de los docentes
  • Eventos especiales y debates comunitarios


Si usted o un educador que conoce están listos para involucrarse, complete nuestro Formulario de interés de ECESF a continuación y nos aseguraremos de entrar en contacto.

ECESF 是一個草根組織,聚集了來自不同ECE 社區和公共場所的早期護理教育工作者。我們是相互支援的伴,我們確信我們都知道當下正在發生的事情,並確保實施的新計劃可以幫助我們以及我們所做的重要工作確能有所作為。如果您對兒童護理和教育充滿情,並且知道高薪、穩定的勞動力和良好的工作條件對於提供優質服務至關重要,那麼您一定不想錯過我們 ECESF 社區正在進行的討論,包括:


● 教育工作者焦點小組

● 核心領導會議

● 教師宣傳會議

● 特別活動和社群討論


如果您或您認識的教育工作者準備參加,請填寫下面的ECESF 興趣表,我們一定會聯繫您!

Join us! Únete a nosotras! 加入我们 !

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