Service Area

Family Empowerment

Service Area Description

Parents are a child’s first teachers and are the primary influence on a child’s development. Children who grow up with the benefit of strong parent‐child relationships have greater self‐confidence, do better in school and have more positive relationships with peers. To this end, in partnership with First 5 San Francisco and the San Francisco Human Services Agency, DCYF continues its investment in Family Resource Centers, which serve over 8,500 parents and caregivers per year, to foster strong parenting skills and practices among parents and caregivers in several San Francisco neighborhoods. Creating rich support networks for parents and caregivers enhances their ability to fulfill this critically important role in their child’s life. 

Family Empowerment programs support parents and caregivers in their efforts to advocate on behalf of their families, learn about their children’s social emotional development, access supports to meet basic needs and build community with other parents and caregivers.  

In the Family Empowerment Service Area, DCYF funds a range of programming that is intended to create multiple pathways for families and caregivers to access support services. These services include programming facilitated through the Family Resource Center Initiative as well as youth‐ serving community based programs.

DCYF will continue to support the Roadmap to Peace and Black to the Future initiatives.

Service Area Need

There is strong evidence that family strengthening interventions help counteract the stress that families facing financial insecurity endure.

Forty‐four percent of DCYF grantees serving children aged 0‐5 surveyed reported lack of access to parent classes and other supports to help children reach developmental milestones as a barrier to entering school happy, healthy, and ready to learn. Additionally, many parents indicated a desire to be more involved in their children’s education, but were unsure about how to engage.

Both fathers involved in the justice system and probation officers emphasized the need for more culturally responsive family‐oriented programs to help keep families together.

Young mothers discussed at length the desire for programming for fathers; specifically programs that help fathers better engage in their children’s lives and to support the relationship between mother and father.