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In 1969, in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district, a group of residents decided their neighborhood needed a child care center.

They banded together to purchase three buildings on a corner lot at Masonic Avenue and Page Street. They leased the property to the Haight Ashbury Children's Center, a toddler and preschool program that served ethnically diverse low-income families.

Several years later, these residents established the Ashbury Children's Foundation (ACF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. They gifted the property to the foundation with two requests. One, that ACF continue leasing the space to child care providers serving San Francisco's low-income families at significantly below market rate. And two, that it re-infuse its rental income back into the community.

We've honored those requests for over 40 years. Today the buildings at 1101 Masonic house the early childhood development programs of External link opens in new tab or windowFACES SF (Family and Child Empowerment Services - San Francisco), a community-based nonprofit that represents the legacy of two of our city's longstanding nonprofits: Florence Crittenton Services and Whitney Young Child Development Center.

ACF has expanded our reach a bit beyond the Haight Ashbury since 1969. But we remain dedicated to our founders' belief that all young children deserve high-quality child care.