Maximizing the Use of Public Dollars
The DCYF budget (pdf) is created in an open and inclusive manner, and is based on public input, staff analysis, and recommendations from our Citizen's Advisory Committee. The department's final budget request is completed in March and submitted to the Mayor.
All City & County of San Francisco departments operate on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30. As of 2012, all city departments adopted a two year budget model. The entire city budget for 2012-2014, including the DCYF allocation, was approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 30, 2012.
Providing Services Through Grants
DCYF funds programs and services primarily through grants to community-based organizations and work orders to other city departments. DCYF's primary sources of revenue are the San Francisco Children's Fund, the General Fund of the City & County of San Francisco, federal and state funds, and private grants. DCYF will allocate roughly $76 million annually between 2013 and 2016. DCYF also maximizes the use of resources by leveraging partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District, other city departments, and our grantees.
Three Year Planning Cycle
DCYF operates on a three year planning cycle that starts with a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (pdf) (CNA). The most recent CNA was completed in May 2011. DCYF used the results from the CNA to develop a Children's Services Allocation Plan (pdf), which will guide DCYF's strategy over the next three years. The department is currently developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) based on the CSAP, which will be issued in the fall of 2012. Final awards for the next three year funding cycle will be announced in Spring of 2013.