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Our Mission, Function & History

The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) brings together City government, schools, and community based organizations to help our city’s children and youth, birth to age 24, and their families lead lives full of opportunity and happiness. We strive to make San Francisco a great place to grow up and this requires resources, collaboration, coordination, and creativity. Through our work we help children and youth to be:

  • Successful in school and prepared for the future
  • Engage in positive activities when school is out
  • Live in safe and supported communities.

The people of San Francisco made a unique, first of its kind commitment to our community in 1991 by creating the Children and Youth Fund and dedicating property tax revenues to fund vital services for our city’s children and youth, and their families. DCYF is committed to allocating those dollars to maximize impact, with approximately $60 million serving more than 50,000 individuals in fiscal year 2014-15.

The primary areas of DCYF funding are early care and education, out-of-school time, youth empowerment, youth workforce development, family support, health and wellness, and violence prevention. Our investments are equitable and holistic, offering avenues to enhance learning, while simultaneously creating healthy family and community environments to support individual growth.

The DCYF grantmaking process and planning cycle is based on an extensive multi-year timeline, with multiple opportunities for community involvement along the way. Two key planning milestones include:

  • A Community Needs Assessment (CNA) that provides an update on the status of children, youth, and their families and service needs
  • The creation of a Services Allocation Plan, outlining how funds will be allocated to meet service needs outlined in the CNA.

Our purpose extends far beyond funding: we’re a strong voice at the heart of San Francisco’s commitment to children, youth, transitional age youth, and their families. We combine broad experience, creative thinking, and thoughtful decision making to improve access to services and make a measurable impact.

Bottom line: DCYF is Making San Francisco a Great Place to Grow Up!

Last updated: 5/24/2016 10:09:19 AM
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