Our parent collective was formed during the summer of 2020 in response to the pandemic education crisis in order to ensure that our education leaders centered the needs of students. We started by going out into many communities to listen and begin to connect parents bewildered and worried about the way the school district was treating the needs of children, because we were and remain committed to devising community solutions that, first and foremost, support all children's learning and well-being. And parents are the experts on the needs of their children. In just a few months, the group grew from 100 parents to more than 1,000, with members from more than 80 schools in SFUSD. We now have 5,000 who subscribe to our newsletter, more than 1,800 people in our private Facebook forum, and more than 2,000 Twitter followers. And growing.
San Francisco Parent Coalition (formerly Decreasing the Distance) centers the needs of children and youth in San Francisco public schools by bringing together a diverse network of parents and caregivers to advocate for a thriving, equitable school system.
We envision a future where San Francisco is one of the best places in the country for children and youth of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities to grow up and get an excellent public education.
We connect and empower parents across San Francisco. We center the needs of children and youth. We believe in the vital importance of public education. We advocate with integrity. We hold decision-makers and ourselves accountable, particularly to equitable outcomes for SFUSD students. And we build community with joy, one conversation at a time.
SF Parents defines equity as the practice of providing and increasing just inclusion that enables all students and their families to contribute and thrive.
- Just inclusion = elevating the voices of systemically marginalized groups.
- Equity is NOT about supporting solutions that create larger gaps between traditionally advantaged groups and people of color.
- Example: we advocate for solutions that elevate BIPOC students and their families’ voices so that they can contribute and thrive.
SF Parents is in support and alignment with SFUSD’s equity values that provides all students the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.
SF Parents is a grassroots collective started and led by public school parents. Our beloved volunteers and members drive the majority of our work, and are supported by a tiny staff and robust parent leadership board. Our network is 5,000 public school parent volunteers and advocates and growing. We invite you to join us.