Lunar New Year Family Fun Celebration!

People of all background are welcome to join us for a great, fun Lunar New Year Family Fun Celebration on Friday, February 10th, 4:30-6:30pm.

Come celebrate and learn about the traditions of the New Year!

There will be games, a raffle, photo booth, New Years arts & crafts, a fortune cookie decoration station, lion dance performance, and more.

$2 per adult
Children must be with an adult & adults must be with a child.
For more information, group request, reasonable accommodations, call Erica at 415.715.6746.

Reimagining Excelsior Family Connections


With help from SH Cowell Foundation, Hearst Foundations, the San Francisco Foundation, the City of San Francisco and others, we are in sight of our goal. Now is the time for friends and family, participants, neighbors and other supporters to join in this campaign and help us bring 5016 Mission to life!

Now we turn to you — our community of friends both old and new, our colleagues, and our partners — to help us complete the transformation of the bare structure at 5016 Mission Street into a state-of-the art family-services center and proud community anchor.

You make the critical difference. We cannot reach our goal, complete construction and open our doors until we raise those remaining dollars. Give a gift today that will reverberate throughout the district and across the City!

The project will seal the long-term capacity of Family Connections to help thousands of young children, their parents, and their caregivers to thrive in their challenging Excelsior neighborhood.


reimagining-excelsior-family-connections-videoWatch the inspiring video about the children and families of the Excelsior and the impact Family Connections at 5016 Mission Street will have on the community.


family-connections-reimagining-excelsior-family-connections-coverFor more details about the campaign, Family Connections’ impact, plans for the new building and how you can support children and families, take a look at our  Reimaging Excelsior Family Connections booklet.

For more information regarding additional ways you can support the campaign, to enlist as an Ambassador, to donate in other amounts or to make in-kind donations, please contact Paul Olsen, Development Director, at  Thank you for your support.

Parents need a break? Enjoy a “Parents’ Night Off”

“Parents’ Night Off” offers a free evening for parents as children are supervised by experienced teachers at our center, enjoy arts and craft activities, are given a healthy dinner and socialize with other children.

This program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grades.

When: Friday, 10/20/17  from 6:30-9pm

Where: Portola Family Connections 2565 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA

Our staff speak English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

$12 per child including dinner.

Limited space. To register, please contact your child’s teacher or Erica, Family Support Manager at 415.715.5105


Join us for a family fun Halloween party!

Halloween is right around the corner, and Portola Family Connections invites children of all ages and their parents to join us at our annual community party. This year’s Halloween Family Fun party will feature a photo booth, haunted castle, sensory room, arts and crafts, games, face painting, a show and a variety of themed treats.

We are also holding a Halloween costume parade for children and families with different categories, so all guests are encouraged to wear a creative costume. This year’s theme is Halloween at the Castle!

The Halloween Family Fun celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2016, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Portola Family Connections, 2565 San Bruno Avenue.

Children 12 and under are free and other participants are $2 per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a child.

Family Connections is hiring!

Family Connections is hiring and looking for talented, dedicated people to join our great team!

Family Connections offer a collaborative and stimulating work environment.  We believe our staff are our most valuable resource.  With competitive benefits and professional development opportunities, we seek talented and motivated people to join our work in supporting strong families and communities.

Check out the open positions at our Employment page.

Summer Pop N’ Play

Registration for Excelsior’s Summer Pop N’ Play is open!

This program is a great introduction for your young ones to a summer program and STEM Programs.

Summer Pop N’ Play is designed for children ages 3-4 years old  to explore, have fun, and learn together.

Daily activities will focus on exploration and discovery while promoting social and emotional development and strong parent/child interactions.

Highlights include:

  • Learn the different types of bugs and insects
  • Develop age appropriate life skills
  • Learn math and science literacy
  • Children will learn preschool readiness skill
  • Work on bi-weekly thematic projects
  • Low teacher-child ratio

Join us for all 10-weeks or any 2-week session:

Session 1: Jun 5 – Jun 15 “Bugs and Insects”
Session 2: Jun 19 – Jun 29 “Growing Bodies”
Session 3: Jul 3 – Jul 13 “Life Science”
Session 4: Jul 17 – Jul 27 “Color Mystery”
Session 5: Jul 31 – Aug 10 “Mathematics”

Our staff speaks English, Cantonese, and Spanish.

Healthy snack will be provided.

When: June 5 – August 10, 2017, (We will be closed on 7/4), Monday through Friday, 1 – 3pm
Location: 60 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94112
Cost: $150.00 per 2-weeks session (plus a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee per session). We offer discount for siblings.

For more information, registration or to request reasonable accommodations for disability, contact Marisa, Early Childhood Program Manager, at or 415.333.3845.

Mommy Connections

Family Connections is very excited to launch our new prenatal program for new moms, “Mommy Connections” – 4-week prenatal  yoga & discussion group.

During this 4-week series, pregnant mom will learn postures and breathing techniques to help support your body and mind during pregnancy. In addition, you will meet other moms, learn about having a healthy pregnancy and caring for yourself in a nurturing and supportive group environment.Topics will include: Healthy Eating, Sources of Stress and Ways to Reduce it, Postpartum Care and more.

Please consult with your physician before signing up.

When: Tuesdays — July 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 2017 — 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Where: Portola Family Connections, 2565 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco

Cost: $50-75 scaling scale for the series  (no one turned away for a lack of funds)

FREE childcare provided for children 2-12 with registration.

Snacks, yoga mats and yoga props will be provided.

Registration is required. Small group; limited to 8.

To register, please call Erica at 415.715.5105 or

Summer Academic Enrichment Program 2016

Registration for our wonderful Academic Enrichment Program opens to the public Monday, March 14th!

This program will excite and educate your child! Your child will be engaged in hands-on learning activities that reinforces academic skills during the summer time & beyond!

This year’s theme is “Summer Olympics” and program highlights include:

  • Experienced, credentialed and bilingual teachers
  • Low teacher-child ratio
  • Weekly field trips
  • Project-based curriculum
  • Daily outdoor activities
  • Daily reading and writing activities
  • Art and craft activities
  • Nutrition and physical activities
  • Math and computer literacy
  • Experiential learning that build 21st century skills
  • Safe environment where risk is rewarded
  • Curiosity is encouraged and creativity is expected
  • Nutritious healthy snacks served twice a day

Dates: June 13—August 5, 2016
Time: Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm (early/late drop off or pick-up options available, please ask Admissions Coordinator)
Ages: Entering 1st through 5th graders
Location: 2565 San Bruno, San Francisco, CA, 94134
Cost: $230.00 per 2 week session (plus a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee per session)
Please note: Lunch is not provided.

Join us for all 8 weeks or any 2-weeks session:
Session 1: June 13 – June 24 “Famous Olympians”
Session 2: June 27 – July 8 “Be Healthy Like an Olympian”
Session 3: July 11 – July 22 “Olympic Sports Around the World”
Session 4: July 25 – Aug. 5 “Medals and Closing Ceremonies”

For more information, registration or to request reasonable accommodations for disability, contact Lupe, Admission Coordinator, at or 415-715-6746.

Kindergarten to College Savings Drive

Family Connections is partnering with Kindergarten to College (K to C) to help families save for college!

K to C is the first publicly funded, universal children’s college savings account program in the United States.

Family Connections is working to increase the rates of college savings in our neighborhood public elementary schools with a college saving drive!

The first 40 students who contribute at least $10 into their account will receive a $25 contribution into their account from Family Connections!

Deposits days will be available on Wednesday, April 26th and Friday, April 28th, 4:30-6:30pm at Portola Family Connections (2565 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco).

This is open for students at ER Taylor, Cleveland, Hillcrest and Monroe Elementary Schools until we reach out max of 40 students contributions. 

For more information, contact Erica, Family Support Manager, at 415-715-5101 or


Early Brain Development Workshop Spanish (Excelsior)

Join us to learn about what factors affect early brain development and how to maximize your effort in supporting your child at home:

  • Learn how to positively stimulate your child’s brain by changing the way you ask questions
  • Effective and interactive reading skills

When: Tuesday, March 22, 12-1:30pm

Where: 60 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CAPrek Coloring

Cost: Free

Lunch and childcare for children ages between 0-2 years old will be provided.

Workshop will be conducted in Spanish only.

To register, please contact Yadira at 415.333.3845 or at