Wu Yee means “protector of children”

Founded in 1977 by social workers and parents concerned about the challenges facing by new immigrants in Chinatown, Wu Yee Children’s Services (Wu Yee) has grown to a city-scale agency serving diverse families throughout San Francisco, and is now the city’s largest provider of Early Head Start.

Wu Yee delivers a comprehensive range of Child Development, Family, and Provider Services — including Early Head Start, Head Start, and State Preschool programs, the Joy Lok Family Resource Center, public benefits assistance, child care Resource and Referrals, child care subsidies, child care provider training, a food program for child care providers, and the Family Child Care Quality Network (FCCQN).

The phrase "wu yee" means "protector of children" in Cantonese, and children are at the heart of everything we do. Wu Yee's mission is to create opportunities for children to be healthy, for families to thrive and for communities to be strong.

Healthy children

Wu Yee offers child care and support for families throughout San Francisco. We provide Head Start and Early Head Start programs at our 12 child development centers (CDCs) and through Family Child Care (FCC) homes. 

Our Home Based services assist pregnant mothers and families with infants.

We also provide families with free personal assistance to find the child care that best fits their needs through our Resource and Referral services.

Thriving families

Wu Yee partners with families to promote positive parenting, child care access, family economic success and active community participation. Our Early Learning Scholarships (ELS) Program provides financial support for child care, enabling eligible parents to go to work or school.

The Joy Lok Family Resource Center serves as a hub for families, offering educational playgroups, a toy lending library, parenting workshops, social support networks and public benefits assistance.

Strong communities

Wu Yee promotes high-quality care and education for young children by providing support, training and professional development stipends for child care providers.

Though the Family Child Care Quality Network (FCCQN) we create opportunities for providers to increase the quality of family child care homes. Our Food Program provides food reimbursements and technical assistance to help family child care providers serve nutritious meals.