FACES SF is an institution with an inherited 170-year history of serving San Francisco’s most disadvantaged children and families. We represent the combined legacies of Florence Crittenton Services and the Whitney Young Child Development Center — two longstanding San Francisco non-profits. We proudly continue to provide their critical services today.
Founded July 1, 2011, FACES SF has tirelessly championed a holistic approach to serving San Francisco communities. In our first year, our Masonic Preschool earned the coveted ‘Preschool For All’ standing with the City of San Francisco.
In 2012, FACES SF's Bayview Child Development Center attained "Preschool For All" standing, and we increased enrollment 15%. That year FACES SF officially partnered with the City of San Francisco to operate a workforce Neighborhood Access Point in Visitacion Valley.
In 2013, FACES SF improved our after-school enrichment program by adding educational field trips and refining the curriculum. FACES SF also increased the size of our Workforce Development Program after moving our offices to the Visitacion Valley Community Resource Center.
In 2014 and 2015, FACES SF developed community partnerships with the playground builder KaBOOM!, the gaming company Zynga, the City of San Francisco, and members of the Bayview community to build a new playground and outdoor learning center at the Bayview Child Development Center.
Florence Crittenton Services
Charles N. Crittenton established Florence Crittenton Services (FCS) in 1882 after the death of his daughter, Florence, to scarlet fever. Though a tragic beginning, FCS established an invaluable service providing crucial and tangible support to women across the United States. In 1890, Crittenton founded a FCS home in San Francisco. This aid offered by FCS has evolved with the needs of women over time. At its conception, FCS predominantly focused on the ‘redemption’ of women who had children out of marriage. As society evolved FCS adjusted its emphasis and by the 1960s the Florence Crittenton Mission worked with teenage mothers studying trends in unplanned and adolescent pregnancies. By 2004, FCS in San Francisco provided a wide variety of services including childcare, job development, family services and referrals. FACES SF remains part of the National Crittenton Family of Agencies.
Whitney Young Child Development Center
The Whitney Young Child Development Center (WYCDC) was established in 1953. Originally known as the Christian Welfare Society, it was founded by Rosie Lee Williams, a local San Franciscan who recognized the need for greater support in the Bayview Hunters Point area for low-income families. The center provided licensed, full-day childcare for toddlers and preschool children of working parents, and half-day enrichment for K-6th graders. In 1977, under the leadership of Careth B. Reid, the organization changed its name to the Whitney Young Child Development Center. The WYCDC developed a reputation for providing excellent child care and a stellar education, with specialists, artists, and therapists on staff. In 1999, WYCDC expanded and moved into the ‘Mansion’ in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood to provide more families with comprehensive child development services.