kai Ming Head Start

About us:At a Glance

Kai Ming provides free preschool services to children ages six months to five years old from eligible families living in San Francisco. Upon enrollment in our program, your family will have access to comprehensive services at no cost to you.

We receive funding from Head Start, California Department of Education, and San Francisco Office of Early Care Education to support the development of young children and their families. There are multiple factors that decide your eligibility. Please refer to our Enrollment section for more details about how to enroll your child. You can also contact the Family Advocate at any of our locations for more information about enrollment.

The comprehensive service package includes:

  • A high quality multicultural preschool program
  • Healthy nutritious meals for children at school
  • Child health screenings and referral services
  • Parental education
  • Family support services
  • Services to children with special needs through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is provided by San Francisco Unified School District


Our vision is Potential Has No Limits.

The mission of Kai Ming, Inc. is strengthening community through nurturing children, supporting families, and promoting professional growth of staff.

  • Incorporate individual and cultural considerations into daily operations
  • Assess and address changing community trends by working in partnership with other agencies
  • Be engaged with current issues in public policies related to the community


Kai Ming, Inc. is a non-profit agency that was established in 1975.

Head Start is a federal program that was developed in 1965 to help break the cycle of poverty by providing young children of low income families a free comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and educational needs. Head Start now serves over 900,000 children and families in all 50 states. Grants to operate Head Start programs are awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kai Ming was established in 1975 to serve the Chinatown and North Beach communities.

In 2014, we successfully became a Head Start Grantee providing services to 300 children and families throughout our six preschool centers in Chinatown, North Beach, Financial District, Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods. Additional funds are received from the California Department of Education, First 5 San Francisco and San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education to extend the hours at many of our centers.


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