In 1982, a group of working parents from West Portal Elementary School who needed safe before and after-school programming established West Portal C.A.R.E., Inc. The organization’s humble beginnings had less than 50 children enrolled. Over 20 years later, in August 2005, the organization was renamed Growth & Learning Opportunities. Growth & Learning Opportunities maintains its private non-profit status and community oriented family services. The organization operates five licensed before and after-school programs located in San Francisco public schools: five elementary school sites. Going into the future, the organization will continue to make every effort to be at the forefront of creative innovation in the field of before and after-school programs through high program standards supported by qualified and caring staff who cultivate strong family relationships.