San Francisco converts rec facilities to emergency child care centers

These centers will care for children of parents on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak and low-income families.

SF Parks and Rec will provide free child care to the children of health care workers and low-income families starting Monday March 16

The Recreation and Park Department will begin to operate indoor recreation facilities as emergency care facilities for children of parents on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and low-income families.

The centers will operate through March 31.

San Francisco Recreation and Park’s recreation facilities will serve grades K through 8, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Office of Early Care and Education is continuing to provide support and guidance for existing private childcare providers for children 0-5.

The Emergency Youth Care Centers will provide this for families who do not have a stay at home option.

All childcare centers will follow social distancing and related COVID-19 sanitation and hygiene recommendations.

Starting on Monday, March 23rd, care will be available at all 35 Recreation and Park Department sites from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to support health care workers in public and private hospitals who typically have 12‑hour shifts.

Detailed information on emergency youth care locations, eligibility and registration will be forthcoming at Emergency Young Care from Department of Children, Youth, and their Families. DCYF will provide three meals a day to all participants.

The Department of Public Health also has information on how the stay home order affects childcare in the Bay Area.

Other closures

Effective Saturday, March 14 through the end of March, Recreation and Parks is also suspending all community meetings, volunteer events, and both indoor and athletic field permits (including all games, practices, clinics, tournaments and any other activities that would cause individuals to gather in close proximity). Pools will also close.

The Sharon Art Studio, Conservatory of Flowers, and Carousel in Golden Gate Park are closed through the end of March. All San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL) games are cancelled through March 31, as well as the remainder of the Indoor Soccer League season. Summer day camp registration, originally scheduled for March 21, is postponed to a date to be determined. The Golden Gate Park Senior Center remains closed and senior programs are suspended citywide.

All other parks, trails and open spaces remain open. Community members are encouraged to use parks, but not to congregate.

All 28 Library locations will be closed to the public starting at 6 p.m. today and remain closed until March 31. The Library’s robust digital services will continue to give card holders 24/7 free access to eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes, and more.

Last updated March 24, 2020