Dear Community Partner,


The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families (DCYF) is happy to present its recently released 2011 Community Needs Assessment. This report provides rich information about the current needs of San Francisco’s children, youth, and families, and will inform the development of a strategic funding plan, called the Children’s Services Allocation Plan, to guide DCYF over the next several years, a critical time in the lives of San Francisco’s children, youth, and families.


The Children’s Amendment, which is the landmark 1991 legislation that set aside a portion of annual property taxes in a Children’s Fund to be used exclusively for services that benefit children from birth to age 17, requires that a Community Needs Assessment be conducted every three years to inform the future use of Children’s Fund resources. To fulfill its own mission as steward of the Children’s Fund and this requirement, DCYF engaged young people, parents, service providers, and policymakers in a process to identify local needs.


The community engagement process for assessing needs included dozens of neighborhood meetings attended by 743 residents, a survey of 145 community-based organizations, conversations with 20 policy and advisory bodies, focus groups involving more than 80 parents and providers, and interviews with key city leaders. All told, DCYF’s commitment to broad community engagement resulted in the participation of more than 1,000 individuals in this needs assessment. In addition to community input, this needs assessment was also informed by data and information from census and population survey data, public administrative databases, and dozens of reports on local issues and trends among San Francisco’s children, youth and families.


2011 Community Needs Assessment is organized by the  ages of children and youth – with sections devoted to the needs of children from birth to age 5, school-age K-8 children, and older youth. The report also includes a section on key trends shaping San Francisco families and the supports that parents need in order to be successful. The appendix of the full report also includes notes from the neighborhood and service provider meetings that discussed local needs.


You can download a copy of the full 2011 Community Needs Assessment report, as well as the Report Overview, which highlights the main themes and findings of the full report, at:


The 2011 Community Needs Assessment report includes only the 2010 Census data on children and youth in SF that was available as of May 2011. Since May, the U.S. Census Bureau has released more detailed data, including neighborhood-level data. Recently released 2010 Census data on children and youth can be found at 


San Francisco’s prosperity depends on our ability to ensure that all children, youth, and families have the opportunity to thrive. DCYF looks forward to working with the community in the coming year to map out a strategic plan for using the Children’s Fund to ensure children, youth and families in San Francisco thrive.




The Staff of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF)

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