Universal Access to Preschool. It shall be the policy of the City and County of San Francisco to provide all four-year-old children who are City residents the opportunity to attend preschool, and it shall be the goal of the people in adopting this measure to do so no later than September 1, 2009.
Planning Process. No later than September 1, 2004, the First Five Commission, in consultation with the San Francisco Childcare Planning and Advisory Council, the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, and community stakeholders, shall submit to the Board of Supervisors a proposal for a universal preschool program for San Francisco. The Board of Supervisors shall approve the plan by resolution; if the Board does not approve the plan, it may refer the plan back to the First Five Commission for revision.
In preparing the plan, the First Five Commission shall develop universal preschool funding guidelines consistent with the Childcare Planning and Advisory Council’s San Francisco Childcare Needs Assessment, including guidelines designed to meet neighborhood-specific needs, such as subsidies, new facility development, and provider support for both family childcare homes and childcare centers. Such funding guidelines also shall address the unmet need for universal preschool and childcare slots in specific City neighborhoods.
Annual Disbursements. Each year during the term of this measure, the City shall appropriate one-third of the money in the Public Education Enrichment Fund to the First Five Commission for universal preschool programs administered by the Commission.
(Added March 2004)