About Us

Making San Francisco A Great Place to Grow Up



The Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) has administered San Francisco’s powerful investments in children, youth, transitional age youth, and their families through the Children and Youth Fund since 1991. With a deep commitment to advancing equity and healing trauma, we bring together government agencies, schools, and community-based organizations to strengthen our communities to lead full lives of opportunity and happiness. Together, we make San Francisco a great place to grow up.

Our Vision

DCYF envisions a strong San Francisco where all children and youth are supported by nurturing families and communities; all children and youth are physically and emotionally healthy; all children and youth are ready to learn and succeed in school; and all youth are ready for college, work and productive adulthood.


Strategic Funding: We promote practice- and research-informed programs, seed innovation and seek to address inequities in access and opportunity.

Quality Services: We provide leadership in developing high quality programs and strong community-based organizations in the interest of promoting positive outcomes.

Engagement with San Francisco’s Communities: We prioritize children, youth, transitional age youth and families’ voices in setting funding priorities and will build our knowledge of and presence in neighborhoods across San Francisco.

Collaborative Partnerships: We commit to working with city stakeholders to help set funding priorities, practices and policies that are based on an equity framework.