Parenting can be a joy and can also be very challenging. One of the best supports can be sharing experiences with other parents and professionals. The following are some organizations that hold classes and support groups or provide information.
• SF Family Support Network (415) 437-4654
• Edgewood (415) 681-3211 offers innovative behavioral health, family support, and educational services for children and families.
• Day One, A Center for New and Expectant Parents (415) 440-3291
• Our Family Coalition, Mamas & Papas (LGBT parenting) (415) 981-1960
• Parents Place, A comprehensive family support service that offers workshops, play groups, development groups, and more (415) 359-2454
• Natural Resources, your local pregnancy, birth and early parenting resource center
• Family Connections offers two resource centers. They provide Family Support, community building, organizing, address neighborhood concerns, and develop concrete solutions.
• Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, offers support to families looking to enroll in SFUSD schools with free workshops and support.
• Parents’ Support Network, provide parents with tools and information that can help them become the best parents they can be, and also improve their communication with their children.
• Golden Gate Mothers Group, mothers group that focuses on moms and all things motherhood.
• Support for Families of Children with Disabilities offers free workshops, family nights and support.
• City College of San Francisco Department of Child Development and Family Studies Child Observation classes offer free developmental classes for parents and infants through preschool (415) 561-1921
• San Francisco Parents of Multiples Club Membership in this club gives you access to their Yahoo Group, member website, monthly newsletter, and a variety of other benefits
San Francisco is fortunate to have created a strong, neighborhood-based network of family resource centers (FRC) that meet the everyday needs of parents/caregivers for “community” and are also hubs of a wide range of resources. First 5 San Francisco funds FRCs as key vehicles to reduce parents’ isolation, strengthen their parenting skills, and facilitate constructive relationships between parents and their young children. Each FRC is unique but offers a similar menu of services including parent education and support, information and referral, parent-child play groups, early literacy programming, and community social events. Discover more information.
• Asian Women’s Resource Center (mainly for Chinese-speaking families), (415) 788-1008
• Compass Community Services (providing services for homeless or at-risk families), (415) 644-0504
• Edgewood Center for Children and Families, (415) 865-3000
• Good Samaritan Family Resource Center (mainly for Spanish-speaking families), (415) 824-9475
• Instituto Familiar de la Raza (mainly for Spanish-speaking families), (415) 229-0500
• Portola Family Connections, (415) 715-6746
• San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, (415) 668-0494
• South of Market Family Resource Center, (415) 820-3508
• Visitacion Valley Community Center, (415) 586-6998
• Wu Yee Joy Lok Family Resource Center (mainly for Chinese-speaking families), (415) 391-4890
• YMCA Urban Services–OMI Family Resource Center, (415) 406-1370
• YMCA Urban Services–Western Addition, (415) 202-9770
Health and Health Care
This is the age where kids start to be more independent and are also taking more and more responsibility for their own health and well being. It's an important time to educate your children about the importance of eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising to stay healthy.
There are many resources available for free or low-cost medical treatment.
• San Francisco Free Clinic. Patients must be without health insurance of any kind and are seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (415) 750-9894 between the hours of 1pm and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Located at 4900 California Street, at 11th Avenue. No fee for medical services.
• San Francisco City Clinic is a drop-in clinic providing free and low-cost diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and information about condom use and other STD prevention methods. Provides confidential, low-cost, convenient drop-in services to all people over the age of 12, regardless of their ability to pay. Their staff speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog.
• San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium offers ten partner clinics for low-income, uninsured, and medically underserved people per year.
• Free and Low-Cost Health Care Services in San Francisco. San Francisco residents who do not qualify for any health care coverage programs can get free or low-cost health care services at more than 25 clinic sites across the City. Services vary by clinic site, and may include medical, dental, and vision care. Individuals with incomes below 500% of the federal poverty level (approximately $73,000 for a family of 3) are eligible for services on a sliding fee scale or for free care.
• The Pediatric Asthma Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital helps families learn more about what may be causing or triggering asthma in their child and what they can do to control the asthma.
• San Francisco Free Medical Chart: download Free Medical Chart in English and Spanish. The chart outlines services provided, eligibility, and location for several health centers and clinics. Some services include urgent care, TB testing, and more.