Children's Council of San Francisco

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Basic Information

Address: 445 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 4152762900
Director: Gina Fromer

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Children's Council of San Francisco
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Additional Information

Causes Served: San Francisco children, families and educators
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: San Francisco children, families and educators
Ages for Volunteer: 18+
Hours of Service: 7am-6pm
Minimum Hours Required: 2
Days of Service: Monday-Saturday
Mission Statement:

By advocating for quality early care and education, empowering families with information and financial support, and building the capabilities of educators, we ensure that every child in San Francisco has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe in a San Francisco where every child is able to reach their full potential and thrive.

Program History:

Our history of connecting San Francisco families to child care began in 1973. Co-founders Patty Siegel and Martha Roditti began by organizing neighborhood playgroups in response to the growing community need for full-time child care.

In 1975 and 1976, with significant support from both the Rosenberg Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Children’s Council was able to expand its services and begin building its comprehensive list of licensed child care throughout San Francisco.

After the federal welfare-to-work child care program was introduced in 1996 (CalWorks in California), Children’s Council expanded to meet the needs of working families, quadrupling in size in a few years. Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Linnea Klee, Children’s Council added many innovative programs serving the needs of San Francisco’s children, families and child care community.

Sandee Blechman was named Executive Director in 2011. Under Sandee’s leadership, Children’s Council grew to serve over 20,000 families and 2,000 child care providers annually. We began to build a base of private support to augment our government funding and launched our annual Child Care Champions Luncheon.

In May 2019, Gina M. Fromer, M.A. was named Children’s Council Chief Executive Officer. A sixth-generation San Franciscan with over three decades of leadership experience in youth & family services and education programs, Fromer is committed to advancing the key initiatives of Children’s Council, with an emphasis on furthering the organization’s mission to ensure that all families in San Francisco have access to quality, affordable child care.


Child Care Champions Luncheon
City Kids Family Fair
Tuesday Playgroups
Wednesday Night Parent Cafes
Thursday New Moms Group