For over 50 years the Cross Cultural Family Center has provided an opportunity for families of differing cultural backgrounds to join together and work cooperatively to address the developmental and educational needs of young children in urban San Francisco. Today CCFC serves over 420 children and their families in thirteen (13) child-care centers located throughout the city. We continue to foster safe and healthy community environments for children and their families, based on the fundamental philosophy that all children have the right to be cared for in nurturing and stimulating settings that are thoughtfully designed to address their holistic development. Our programs focus on the individuality of each child, as well as the collective interests and needs of the children and families in our community. There is a wide range of cultural and economic representation among the both the staff and board guiding our work as well as the children served in our programs, with 72% of our students and families come from homes where primary languages other than English are spoken. In the spirit of our dedication to true diversity education, all families are welcome in our programs, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or disability. 

The Cross Cultural Family Center, Inc. (CCFC) was established in 1969 to continue the efforts of a demonstration project called Nurseries in Cross Cultural Education. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, this project (1965-1970) studied the impact of cross-cultural education enhancing the mental health and development on families living in the urban center of the Western Addition of San Francisco. The program provided an opportunity for a collection of nursery schools to enable a diverse group of families to join together and work cooperatively in addressing the developmental and educational needs of their children. When funds for this five-year project ended, the families and staff wished to continue their involvement in such a program, and thus, the Cross Cultural Family Center was created. 


The Mission of Cross Cultural Family Center is to provide child development services in cross-cultural settings with a commitment to high-quality, community based, and developmentally appropriate early care and education programs. This includes the recognition of the essential role of family and community in promoting the positive development of young children, and the significant impact of public policy on the economic and social well-being of our culturally diverse urban community. Our goal is to maximize the positive potential among our children, their families, our staff, and the diverse communities in which we live.



We Believe . . .

  • Children have the right to be cared for in environments that are safe, nurturing, and engaging;

  • Children have the right to learning experiences that reflect and promote their ethnic heritage, cultural values, family structure, and home language;

  • Children have the right to be cared for by well prepared professionals who work in partnership with their families, and who are nurturing, loving, and authentic.

"Cross-cultural education is designed to

uplift children, to give them imagination, and

to help them experience diversity on a very basic level.

The child will first learn to value himself [or herself];

then to value others;

then to value humanity."
~ Mary Lane, Ed.D., Founding Director


© 2019 by The Cross Cultural Family Center, Inc.