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For over 50 years the Cross Cultural Family Center (CCFC) 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 coming 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. 


History of CCFC

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 of 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. 

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