The Early Childhood Initiative has resulted in:


Parents, guardians and caregivers supported



Young children impacted (ages 0-5)


Individuals served

Supported by the Guy C. Clum Fund at San Diego Foundation

As of February 2024

San Diego’s Future

In San Diego, more than 74,000 young children (ages 0 to 5) lack access to licensed care and nearly 48 percent of children under age 5 do not have a stay-at-home parent or an available licensed childcare space. Through advocacy and research, such as the 2022 Workforce, Childcare + Change report, SDF works to increase awareness and advocacy of the challenges faced by working families and providers in trying to access or create quality, affordable childcare to ensure our region’s children have healthy development experiences required to thrive in school and beyond.

Childcare provider support includes Steps to Family Childcare Success (STEPS), which serves childcare providers from immigrant and refugee communities, and the Childcare Provider Grant Program, which supported providers offering essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Early Childhood Initiative helps to:

Impact Stories & Insight

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Recent Grantees

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