2020 and COVID-19 have everyone adjusting to the parameters of the “new normal” of the world today. With the ever-changing cultural and societal norms, health and safety practices, and economic challenges – the basic unit of society, the family, needs more support and protection than ever before.

COVID Masked Boy, Felton Institute

Problems arise when the family is tasked with meeting the basic needs of those family members who can’t provide for themselves. Children enjoy a healthy lifestyle when they live in a healthy family—the community benefits when healthy families produce positive contributions to the community. When you help one child, and that benefits one family – it all pays it forward to society. Felton Institute has family and child-centered programs that help fill those gaps of need.

Our mission is to provide access to comprehensive services to low-income at-risk children, youth, and families to give them a sound foundation for lifelong development, family economic success, and hope for a successful future.

To hear Yohana Quiroz, COO of CYF & TAY share more about the mission, watch the video below:

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The past year has presented challenges as the economic divide grows even wider between the San Francisco Bay Area’s affluent and at-risk populations. CYF-TAY programs are geared toward improving the quality of life for those who need it most.

Below are some of the accomplishments in Felton’s CYF-TAY Division;

Improving Mental Health!
This year, Felton served 47 children, youth, and their families in need of intensive outpatient mental health services in their communities and at various San Francisco Unified School District schools.

Improving young children’s school readiness!
This year, Felton served 401 unduplicated children by providing a full year, full-time early care and education, and family support and inclusive services. On August 7, 2020, 71 preschool children graduated in a virtual preschool graduation celebration. In August of 2019, 77 preschool children celebrated the milestone of graduating in a ceremony at San Francisco State University. Sixty-six percent of the children showed conventional literacy; between 75-80% of children demonstrated applied kindergarten readiness skills.

Improving access to healthy food!
This year, more than 10,000 pounds of food were distributed to families and almost 600 children visited our weekly farmers market, greatly benefitting from fresh fruit, vegetables, and perishable foods.

Connecting young pregnant and parenting families to basic needs and resources!
This year, Felton served 54 young families with comprehensive case management and family advocacy support. Felton’s TAPP provided 1,250 first-year high school students with a preventative health workshop on teenage pregnancy and parenting education workshops.

For over 131 years, Felton Institute has been supporting families and children in need. The importance of family will likely never change. We strive to provide high-quality services that meet the highest standards of care and have the most significant impact on the lives of those being served.

Felton Learning Center (FLC)


Complete List of Felton Institute’s CYF-TAY Programs


Felton’s Early Care and Education Programs Overview

Felton has demonstrated a long term commitment to providing research-based early care and education services. It employs research-based assessments and curriculum aligned to the California Department of Education, First Five San Francisco and the Office of Early Care and Education standards. It ensures that even children with physical and developmental conditions can succeed in the classroom by providing extensive early intervention services.

Felton Institute has been providing comprehensive early care and education services in San Francisco since 1971. The ECE programs are primarily funded by the California Department of Education, the Office of Early Care and Education, First Five San Francisco, and the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. They operate four programs in different San Francisco neighborhoods; Mission, Visitation Valley and Bayview/Hunters Point. Felton has nine (9) Infant / Toddler classrooms and ten (10) preschool classrooms, which serve approximately 350 children on a daily basis, full day/ year-round. The center’s hours vary by site, but in general, service is provided between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Felton's Early Care and Education ECE, 4 centers

Clinical Services


Founded in 2007, FCFP provides outpatient mental health services for multicultural, low-income children and families in the Tenderloin, South of Market, and Western Addition neighborhoods of San Francisco. Services include family, individual, and play therapy, as well as parent and treatment support.


FEAP is the first inclusive center-based program in San Francisco with a curriculum designed especially for children with autism. It brings together an evidence-based intervention model and the child’s natural learning environment. See how FEAP made a difference for Josh and his mom, click here: https://youtu.be/Tv5CaMFFUgU 


On-site developmental assessments and early intervention services for infants with special needs.


Childcare services for medically-fragile infants and children.


Parenting and Family Services

Felton’s Sunshine Community Center (SCC)

The center provides workshops and training for low-income, at-risk parents on parenting, childhood development, and other fundamental child-rearing skills.

Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPP)

For over forty years, TAPP has provided comprehensive case management for expectant and parenting teens up to 19 years old. It provides access to all available health, education, and social services for which they are eligible. A teen father from TAPP shares his story here: https://youtu.be/FvhSNZTxqcs

Young Family Resource Center (YFRC)

Serving over 200 pregnant or parenting teens and their children, the Young Family Resource Center has now been fully operational for four years. It offers peer-to-peer service and comprehensive case management and GED classes. Our program blends local funding with statewide funding to improve the lives of teenage parents and their children.


Health and Nutrition Services


Operating within FDC and HDC, CACFP is a food program providing nutritious on-site meals to children and teens.


This on-site farmers market offers client families fresh foods, cooking classes, and exercise programs.


Partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District, the T-RAPP program includes four components: peer counseling, peer education, community education, and teen peer groups. It focuses on Teenage Pregnancy & Parenting Awareness to high school and middle school-age students.


Vocation Services


This program provides employment training and case management services to pregnant and parenting at-risk teens, promoting financial security for their families.



Yohana Quiroz, EdDc.,
Chief Operations Officer of the Children, Youth, Family and Transitional Age Youth Services
Felton Institute | Family Service Agency (FSA) of San Francisco
2730 Bryant Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110
Main: (415) 474-7310 x 101
Fax: (415) 648-1098

About Felton Institute: Founded in 1889, Felton Institute responds to human needs by providing cutting edge, evidence-based mental health and social services that transform lives. Felton Institute is a tax-exempt organization registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit under EIN 94-1156530.

Offering more than 50 acclaimed and honored programs that address homelessness, mental health, prenatal, adolescent, adult and senior needs, Felton Institute provides services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties.

Felton is named for its social services pioneer and executive director Dr. Katharine “Kitty” Felton who was called the ”conscience of San Francisco” and was committed to ensuring that children and families in crisis have access to social services and resources in order to help them build upon their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. www.felton.org