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.


Our Story

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 with listening and conversations among concerned parents from across the city--and quickly grew.

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Who We Are

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 4,000 public school parent volunteers and advocates and growing. We invite you to join us.

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  • How do you decide on your priorities?
  • Where does your funding come from?
  • Are you a lobbying organization?
  • Are you trying to privatize public education or promote charter schools?

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