Elementary and middle school years are both special and rewarding (for children and parents). Find resources here for parents of children ages 6 to 12.
Quick Category Searches for Ages 6-12
SFkids.org is full of great resources. Click on the categories below to find listings for kids 6–12.
• Search Activities (Active Fun, Classes, Entertainment, Celebrations, Sports and Fitness)
• Search Adventures (City Sights, Museums, Out of the City, and Parks)
• Search Community (Neighborhood and Community Organizations)
• Search Family Finds (Stores, Services and Restaurants)
Classes and Sports
Keeping children this age involved in a wide variety of activities — sports, academics, art, and music classes — is a really good way to supplement what they are learning in school.
Looking for activities?
• San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has many free or low-cost programs for kids including sports leagues – soccer, basketball, baseball, photography, art, cooking, dance, and more. To learn more about the Rec and Park registration process and how to register online, visit www.sfreconline.org or call 831-6800. If you don't have access to a computer, you can sign-up at the main office or at designated centers. Call for more information.
•SFkids.org has more information and listings of programs on our Sports and Fitness Pages and our Classes Page.
Health and Health Care
This is the age when 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 of several health centers and clinics. Some services include urgent care, TB testing, and more.
Taking care of your kids' teeth and gums is extremely important to their overall health. These clinics or referral agencies can provide free or low-cost services:
• University of California, San Francisco, offers The Community Dental Clinic, a student-run dental clinic providing free care for San Francisco's homeless population.
• San Francisco Department of Public Health Dental Services has a referral resource list of San Francisco dental facilities.
Free and Low-Cost Health Insurance Available
• San Francisco Healthy Kids and Young Adults, also called San Francisco Health Plan, is a health insurance program from San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP), providing affordable health coverage to low- and middle-income San Francisco residents. Delta Dental contracts with the SFHP to provide dental services to children and young adults of low-income San Francisco families. This site is in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
• San Francisco Department of Public Health offers a full listing of insurance options for families. Options include COBRA, private sector, public sector options, such as Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Children’s Medical services, and Free and Low-Cost Health Care Services in San Francisco.
• Health Insurance Options for Laid-Off Workers provided by SFDPH. There are options for health insurance during a period of unemployment. Read more on options in English, Spanish, or Chinese.
If your child is in a San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) school, the district's website has a lot of important information and resources for parents. Visit: www.sfusd.edu.
Resources include: enrollment information, information about individual schools, instructional calendars. Many of the SFUSD documents are also available in Spanish and Chinese. Call (415) 241-6000 (menu is available in Spanish and Chinese after English menu).
• Parent Involvement School is the center of your child's world. It's very important that you as a parent stay involved in and informed about how your child is doing academically and socially. It's also very important that you get involved with your child's school. Even if you only have a day or two a year it makes a big difference to the school and makes it more likely your children will succeed. The San Francisco Unified School District's Parent Relations Department and Parents for Public Schools has information about how to get involved. Also check with your child's school, PTA, or Parent Club.
• Academic and Social Help If your child is struggling either academically or socially, there are often many resources you can access through your child's school. Many resources are also available outside school – check with your child's doctor, for example.
• SFkids.org has links to many different resources. Check our Mental Heath Page, Tutoring and Support Page.
• Check our Education Pages — Public Schools, Private and Independent Schools for more great resources.
• Health and Nutrition All children must be immunized before they can begin school.
• SFUSD Immunization Guide. Immunizations are available at public health centers or from your pediatrician.
• Need the SFUSD lunch menu? Bookmark this helpful site.
• Read the SFUSD Nutrition policy.