Choosing Child Care

Wu Yee Children's Services offers child care and support for families throughout San Francisco. Our Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) Program can help you navigate the various child care options and answer any questions you may have. Looking for child care can be an overwhelming process, and we are committed to helping families, no matter their situation.

At Wu Yee, we provide Head Start and Early Head Start child care programs at our 12 child development centers and through partnerships with select family child care (FCC) homes. Our Home Based services assist pregnant mothers and families with children ages 0-3 with parenting skills and child development support through regularly scheduled home visits from our staff.

Types of Child Care

There are many child care options in San Francisco.  Below are two of the common options.  Please keep in mind that not all programs are required to be licensed.  Wu Yee is only able to refer families to licensed facilities.  Having a license means that Community Care Licensing monitors the site regularly and that certain requirements are met and maintained.  

We encourage all parents to visit providers before making their selection on child care enrollment. The quality of the program depends on many factors and the fit of the child care will depend on the needs of your child.


Child Care Centers

Child care centers are focused on education and development for young children and may offer:

  • Infant/toddler programs

  • Preschool programs

  • School-age programs

  • Before and after school programs

Child care centers can be part- or full-time, and most centers have set hours.

The adult-to-child ratios vary, depending on age groups and type of program. Child care centers can be privately operated (by an individual, chain, or co-op), publicly operated (public schools, government agencies), or operated by nonprofit agencies.


Family Child Care

Family child care (FCC) providers are licensed and regulated by the State of California and work with children in their homes. FCC care hours are generally more flexible than centers.

Every family child care home has different settings and program structure. The adult-to-child ratio for an FCC home depends on the age group of the children and licensing restrictions, just like centers.


Background Checks

All licensed facilities require background checks on the adults that work in that site. As a parent, you have the right to ask for this verification. A fingerprint clearance is a background check indicating that individuals have no felony or misdemeanor convictions reported by the California Department of Justice. This information is public and can be acquired by contacting your local licensing office —
San Francisco Community Care Licensing (CCL) Office.

Community Care Licensing
Peninsula Regional Office, Child Care
851 Traeger Ave, Suite 360
San Bruno, CA 94066

Parents can use TrustLine to obtain background information on child care providers, including license-exempt child care providers such as in-home babysitters, nannies or tutors.  

All child care providers listed with the TrustLine registry have submitted their fingerprints to the California Department of Justice and have no disqualifying criminal convictions in California. Some, but not all, TrustLine listed providers have also had an FBI criminal background check. TrustLine is the California registry of in-home and license-exempt child care providers (babysitters and nannies) who have passed a background check. TrustLine was created by the California Legislature to give parents an important tool to use when selecting a caregiver for their children. It is the only authorized screening program of in-home and license-exempt caregivers in the state with access to fingerprint records at the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI and access to California’s Child Abuse Central Index. TrustLine is endorsed by the California Academy of Pediatrics. TrustLine can be reached at 1-800-822-8490 or

Not sure what kind of child care program makes sense for your family? We're here to help.

Wu Yee's child care Resource and Referral (R&R) program can work with you to help you find a program that fits your family's needs. We can also help you find out if you're eligible for child care payment assistance or subsidies. Fill out the form below, or call Wu Yee's R&R at 1.844.644.4300

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