Educating children. Empowering families. Enriching community.


We understand what a tremendously important decision it is to find the right school to best support your child’s social, emotional, and academic development. Thank you for considering joining HFDH’s community. We greatly appreciate your interest.

First Steps to a Successful Future

For many families, applying and navigating through the admissions process can be daunting. In the effort to eliminate some of this stress and to best clarify what your family can anticipate after applying to our school, the HFDH Admissions Team has outlined information to guide you step by step. Should you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Team by phone or email at the addresses and phone numbers listed below.

Applying to Holy Family Day Home

HFDH is home to 154 children ages three months to five years. The school year begins mid-August. It is also our busiest period of enrollment. Enrollment continues throughout the year as openings occur.

Applications can be picked up in person at 299 Dolores Street in San Francisco.

Print or download application.

Imprimir o descargue la solicitud.

There is no fee to apply. Applications can be submitted year round. You may submit your application through postal mail, in person, through fax or by email to:

Attention: HFDH Admissions Department
299 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Fax: 415-861-8926
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After your application has been submitted you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive this, please call Beiling Gonzalez at 415-861-5361 ext. 211 or Beatrice Gibson at 415‑861‑5361 ext. 230, to make sure your application was received and processed. Once you are active on the admissions waitlist, you will receive a letter and email from the Admissions Team annually reconfirming your interest in joining our program. These letters are sent in the month of October every school year.

We ask that you contact us within the time frame noted on this letter to confirm your continued interest and update any family information that may have changed since applying. If we do not receive a response, your child’s application will become inactive and you will lose your place on the wait list. We are happy to reactivate applications at any time, with the date you contact us as your new waitlist rank.

Tuition/Subsidizing Your Child’s Education

Since we are a 501c3 non-profit, our fees are solely based on our actual expenses and include breakfast, lunch, 2 snacks, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, and everything your child needs to have a comfortable and safe day at their home away from home.

Age Teacher/child ratio Monthly rate
Infant (3 months through 18 months) 1:3 $2,575
Toddler (18 months through 30 months) 1:4 $2,421
Toddler (24 months through 36 months) 1:6 $2,369
Preschool (3 yrs. through pre-kindergarten) 1:8 $1,906*

*Holy Family Day Home participates in the "First5 of San Francisco Preschool For All" program. Families of qualifying four-year-olds on private pay contracts are eligible for a $400 tuition credit towards their monthly tuition.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

In today’s economy and with the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we understand that financing your child’s education can be challenging. Families earning a combined gross monthly income of over $8,500 are considered private pay families and are not eligible for scholarship. If your family earns closer to $4,500 to $8,500 per month, you may be considered for a partial scholarship depending on the availability of funds at that time.

If you think your family qualifies for subsidized child care, we recommend that you contact one of the following resource and referral centers to learn about additional options that may be available to you.

Children’s Council of San Francisco
445 Church Street (Between 16th and 17th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94114
415-276-2900 (Main line)
415-343-3300 (Resource and referral line)

Wu Yee
706 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Depending on your family's need and eligibility, you may be offered a childcare voucher, or be placed on an eligibility list to await services. If you are placed on the Central Eligibility List (SFCEL), Holy Family Day Home cannot directly offer your family services until Children’s Council or Wu Yee has approved your family for a care subsidy and has sent us your family contact information. Please contact Children’s Council or Wu Yee directly for any questions or inquiries about the SFCEL list.

HFDH maintains a contract with the Department of Children, Youth and Families of San Francisco. This contract supports families facing the hardship of homelessness and those living in inadequate housing by providing essential child care and family support. Please contact Beiling Gonzalez, Admissions and Contracts Manager, for more information on determining eligibility at 415‑861‑5361 ext. 211.

Visit Us

Tours are not required but are highly recommended. Visiting Holy Family Day Home will allow you to familiarize your family with our program and site, learn about the unique services and programs we offer children and families both inside and outside the classroom, and will help you to decide if our center is the right fit for your child. To schedule a tour please visit HFDH Tours. For information in Spanish, please visit HFDH Tours-Spanish.

Thank you again for your interest in Holy Family Day Home. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 415‑565-0504.