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August 17, 2020 11:51 AM

New Health Order Allows Community Learning Hubs

Mayor Breed and the Department of Public Health announced this week a new Health Order that will pave the way for San Francisco’s children and youth to return to some in-person activities. San Francisco will transform facilities around the city, including recreation centers and libraries, into supervised Community Learning Hubs to support distance learning for high-need San Francisco Unified School District students. The Hubs will begin operating on Monday, September 14 with enrollment opening on Monday, August 24. For more information about this program, visit

The Recreation and Parks Department will be running and staffing hubs and emergency childcare centers at 13 sites. All of our recreation staff will be dedicated to staffing these sites until the San Francisco Unified School District resumes in-person learning. The hubs are available to select families including: HOPE SF and public housing residents; SRO residents; homeless youth; foster care youth; English language learners; African American, Latinx, Pacific Islander and low-income Asian families. Hubs will be hosted at:

Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center
Eureka Valley Recreation Center
Herz Clubhouse
Joseph Lee Recreation Center
Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center
Mission Arts & Mission Recreation Center
Palega Recreation Center
Tenderloin Recreation Center

Additionally, the City will extend its Emergency Child and Youth Care Program to support families this fall. Emergency Childcare will again only be able to serve healthcare workers serving the COVID-19 response and activated Disaster Service Workers. The sites for this program will be:

Glen Park Recreation Center
Hamilton Recreation Center
Potrero Hill Recreation Center
Richmond Recreation Center
Sunset Recreation Center

Our recreation centers citywide have been closed to the public and all programming suspended, as dictated by the City’s health orders. The only exceptions have been for the 32 camps we held this summer. Additionally, as many as 37 sites were used for emergency childcare for healthcare workers serving the COVID-19 response and activated disaster service workers this past spring. During this time, any unused recreation centers will be maintained by our operations staff and will reopen for public programming when the City’s health order allows.

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