660 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Chinatown/Union Square, North Beach/Telegraph Hill
Days and Hours Of Operation
School year: Mon–Fri 2pm–6pm; summer and holidays: 7:30am–6pm
Afterschool: grades K–5
Founded in 1890, the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) is a non-profit resource for people who live and/or work in the North Beach/Chinatown neighborhood of San Francisco. Focusing on families and individuals with very low to moderate incomes, Tel-Hi promotes a higher quality of life by providing opportunities to create and strengthen community, provide community health and wellness programs, and expand educational experience. They serve 125 youth with physical/nutritional, gardening, cooking, reading clubs, science projects, literacy and math games, tutoring, family nights, and other activities.
Tel-Hi's Child Development Program is all inclusive and offers early education to children ages 2.5 to 5 years old. The program encompasses a variety of philosophies, theories, and recent research on brain development. Their philosophy is that children learn best by doing. They support and encourage experimenting through play.
Tel-Hi's summer camp promotes academic and social-emotional development for students. Each day, students have an hour dedicated to developing their reading skills, fitness and health, and science/arts based activities. Weekly themes include Rocket Science, Theater, Graphic Novels, and Tel-Hi Olympics.
2013 Summer Session:
Dates: June 5–August 14
Ages: entering grades K–6
Days/Times: Mondays to Fridays, 7:30am–6pm
Cost: $125 per week; fees are based on a sliding scale; 25% sibling discount
Extended care: 7:30am–10am ($25 per week)
The goal of the After School Academy (ASA) is to engage, challenge, motivate, and guide children and youth in kindergarten through fifth grade toward a successful future. Each week, approximately 100 Tel-Hi kids participate in 6 hours of tutorial, 6 hours of recreation, and 6 hours of enrichment activities including cooking, art, acting, gardening, community service, and field trips. Monthly themes are based on college majors, giving students engaging opportunities to learn while getting excited about their future.
Expanded Learning Program (ELP) Afterschool Program
The Expanded Learning Program, open to grades 6–8, is a cooperative effort with Francisco Middle School and the San Francisco Unified School District. Activities include tutoring, computer classes, martial arts, painting and drawing, cooking, sports, photography, gardening, discussion groups, and community service.
Afterschool: $28–$250 per month
English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese
Difficult street parking.
Muni: 8x, 30, 39, 41, 45,
Francisco Middle School Expanded Learning Program
SFKids Tips*The middle school program ELP is FREE for Francisco Middle School students!