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Welcome to UC San Francisco Child Care & Family Services. We consistently strive to meet the diverse needs of UCSF faculty, student, and staff through our Child Care Centers, Referral Service, Parent Lecture Series, and other alternative resources. We invite you to explore our website, to find the resources that are right for you and your family.


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Parent Education

Offered in collaboration with the UCSF Committee on Family Services, the goal of this free event series is to enrich the education and learning experience of our families and our community.

Upcoming Events

Planning for upcoming parent education events is underway. Please check back here for updates.

Past Events


May 13, 2015

Beyond Skin Deep: Reducing Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics

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The Committee on Family Services, LivingGreen and Campus Life Services invite you to a talk by Kim Harley, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH). Dr. Harley will share findings from The HERMOSA Study, a youth empowerment study of reducing Latina girls’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in cosmetics.  Endocrine disruptors mimic, or block, or otherwise interfere with the hormones and can be found in make-up and other personal care products such as sunscreen, soaps and fragrance. Dr. Harley will also share practical information for parents regarding chemicals in cosmetics and beauty products, as well as healthful alternatives.


October 22, 2014

Raising Resilient Children with Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW

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The Committee on Family Services and Campus Life Services invite you to a talk by Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW. Ms. Wong will share practical recommendations to encourage children’s self-confidence and courage. The talk will address the role of parents of infants through elementary-school age children. Learn to:

• support your children’s capacity to handle disappointment and other setbacks
• give messages that promote courage and self-esteem and self-reliance
• set limits in a way that empowers your children and strengthens their confidence
• encourage attitudes that translate into social and emotional well-being

Ms. Wong, a recognized speaker and renowned family therapist, consults with parents and educators to help them better understand the social and emotional lives of children and ways of cultivating their healthy growth and development.

This free talk is sponsored by the UCSF Committee on Family Services and is open to the UCSF Community.

Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW is a family therapist, parent educator and consultant.  In addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Wong has led workshops and seminars for public and private schools and childcare centers, community-based organizations, medical centers, and private industry for over 30 years. She is known for her lively and practical presentations on topics including The Changing Role of Parents as Children Develop, Setting Limits, Raising Resilient Children, Navigating Your Child’s Social World, Supporting Self-Esteem and Responsibility in Children, and Family Communication. She has worked with companies such as Gymboree, Apple, and Genentech, as well as with programs at the University of California Berkeley and the State of California Childcare Education Project.  Ms. Wong has lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Loyola Marymount University, and John F. Kennedy University.  She provides consultation and training to a range of professionals including teachers, school administrators, counselors, physicians, psychotherapists, clergy, attorneys, and corporate managers. She received her BA and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley.

Presented with Bright Horizons Family Solutions.


September 9, 2014

kindergarten imageGetting Ready for Kindergarten: SFUSD Public School Information Night with Rachel Nip, Parents for Public Schools-San Francisco

Designed to help parents/guardians understand the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Student Assignment System (enrollment process), provide tips and resources, and share ways to prepare for kindergarten. Event includes a panel discussion with UCSF parent representatives enrolled in San Francisco public schools. Parents for Public Schools-San Francisco is a network of parents working together to build and ensure quality public education for all children in San Francisco.

* Directions upon arrival at Laurel Heights: Drive through main gate at 3333 California Street. Park in lot and go to main entrance doors.  Check in at desk. Follow signs to Garden Room on 2nd Floor.

Presented with Bright Horizons Family Solutions.


September 3, 2014

Kindergarten Information Night: Private School Information Night with Lynn Kanter-Levy

Learn how to navigate the process and timing for private school visits, applications and admissions.

Melinda (Lynn) Kanter-Levy, is proud to be one of the “founding mothers” of Marin Day Schools. Melinda graduated from New York University with a degree in early childhood education and a specialization in learning disabilities. She taught special education in New York City prior to moving to California. Lynn taught preschool and pre-kindergarten before becoming a Preschool Director. Currently, Lynn is the Director of External Affairs for Marin Day Schools and Bright Horizons and a member of SF Childcare Planning Advisory Council and the Marin Child Care Commission and co-founder of Marin Preparatory School, the first independent Spanish infusion school in San Francisco.


May 19, 2014

E.MonasterioHeadshotSurviving & Thriving Adolescence

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The Committee on Family Services and Campus Life Services present a talk for parents of teens (or soon to be teens) with UCSF Clinical Professor Erica Monasterio, MN, FNP-BC, Topics will include stress management, healthy sleep, nutrition, as well as talking with your teen about substance use, dating and sexual behavior. UCSF is pleased to offer this enrichment and support to parents.

Erick Monasterio, MN, FNP-BC has over 30 years of clinical experience working with youth and families in primary care, both at UCSF and in the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and is the parent of a 25 year old son and a 16 year old daughter. As a trainer, her focus is on training practicing health care and social service professionals, educators and parents to increase their knowledge base, sensitivity and skills in working with adolescents.


May 7, 2014

Dr MillerFarmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

Campus Life Services, UCSF LivingGreen, UCSF Living Well and the UCSF Committee on Family Services present this free talk with Family Physician, UCSF Faculty and author Daphne Miller, MD.  Dr. Miller long suspected that farming and medicine were intimately linked. Increasingly disillusioned by mainstream medicine’s mechanistic approach to healing and fascinated by the farming revolution that is changing the way we think about our relationship to the earth, Miller left her medical office and traveled to seven innovative family farms across the country to better understand the connections between sustainable agriculture and the health of her patients.

Daphne Miller, MD, is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. In 2000 she founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she still cares for patients across the lifespan. Part clinician, part ecologist, and part anthropologist, Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms, and nature trails

Sponsored by Campus Life Services Fitness & Recreation, UCSF LivingGreen, UCSF Living Well.


October 24, 2013

FOOD DAY – Real Food Challenge & Cooking Demo

In celebration of National Food Day, join UCSF Nutritionist Kristin McKenna, RN, CNC, for a free noontime talk and demonstration on family and children’s nutrition. Learn how to compare nutrition labels and ingredients on kids’ favorite foods and how to add superfoods to smoothies. National Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Kristin McKenna is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Nutritional Consultant, and a Certified Natural Chef and founder of “Therapeutic Chef,” a personal chef and consulting service specializing in preparing therapeutic meals for clients interested in using “food as medicine” to help prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.


January 23, 2013

Headshot SKGsmThe Mindful Child: The ABC’s of Attention, Balance and Compassion

Family Services and Living Well at UCSF invite you to a free talk by Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD, at the 2013 Wellness Expo. Learn how pre-k through young adult children can incorporate the new ABC’s - Attention, Balance, and Compassion into their daily lives. Learn how to help kids develop greater mind-body awareness and reduce stress. Techniques can easily be adapted for home, private therapy and healthcare practice.

Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD is a former corporate attorney who developed the Inner Kids mindful awareness program for children, teens and their families. Research on the Inner Kids elementary school program was conducted at the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and is published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology. Susan is author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate (Free Press, 2010). She teaches children, parents and professionals around the world and consults with various organizations on teaching mindful awareness in an age-appropriate and secular manner. With her husband, Seth Greenland, she co-founded the Inner Kids Foundation. Susan lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and their two children. She can be found online at http://www.susankaisergreenland.com


January 18, 2012

book coverRaising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course! Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuro-science have proven about confidence, gratefulness and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Christine Carter, Ph.D. Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, boils down the process to 10 simple steps.

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. Best known for her science-based parenting advice, Dr. Carter follows the scientific literature to understand ways that we can teach children skills for happiness, emotional intelligence, and resilience. Dr. Carter also writes a blog for the Greater Good Science Center, which offers parents science-based tips for fostering well-being in children.