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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Preschools

Mission: South of Market Child Care, Inc.'s (SOMACC) mission is to serve children, their families, and the South of Market (SOMA) community by providing quality early care and education and free comprehensive family support services in a safe and nurturing environment.

Results: We started as a one-room preschool in 1970 and have grown over the last five decades to three child development centers that serve nearly 180 young children ages 0-5 every year, and a free comprehensive family resource center that serves almost 500 individuals each year.

Target demographics: We serve children, youth and adults who work/reside in the South of Market neighborhood, and throughout San Francisco.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We provide high quality early care and education program to nearly 180 children ages 0-5 years at our three locations: the Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center, Judith Baker Child Development Center and Transbay Child Development Center. Moreover we serve approximately 500 children, youth and adults with family support and services at our South of Market Family Resource Center each year.

Geographic areas served: South of Market, San Francisco

Programs: Early Care & Education for infants, toddlers & preschoolers Family Resource and Support

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My three grandchildren all attended SOMACC from infant to pre-K, and now as successful teenagers, I am certain that their foundation as loving, trusting, confident children nurtured at SOMACC was crucial. The teachers and administrators are very special, giving each child individual attention, and creating an inclusive and nurturing family. After all these years, I ran into one of the teachers at the store, and was greeted with big smiles and hugs. It was a privilege to serve on the Board of this wonderful school.

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SOMACC Teenagers! Time really does fly! Thank you for this heartwarming testimonial. We are very grateful to you and your whole family for the amazing support you have given SOMACC for many years. Continue to be a blessing to the community and we look forward to seeing you around.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started attending SOMACC YBG when she turned three and grateful that YBG had an opening for us. All of the teachers, administration and staff are warm, welcoming and absolutely great at what they do. SOMACC's re-opening procedures during the pandemic were well thought out and made drop off/pick up quite easy. Kudos to my daughter's Teachers Beth, Jenny, Lady and wonderful group of classmates. My daughter has learned and matured tremendously from the curated weekly curriculums, catering of the child's interests, engaging peer activities, thoughtfully weaving in current events and lastly, my daughter's favorite day which is when she can be the class leader. There have been numerous times when my family has been amazed by SOMACC such as her 1st on stage performance, field trip to BADM, virtual COVID birthday party, PAC involvement and the school spirit. SOMACC YBG will forever be a special place for our family.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

Thank you for sharing your experiences about us, Michelle! Inspiring stories like yours fuel our commitment to always be of service to the children and families in our community no matter the situation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful child-care center! My four-year-old is always eager to get to the center in the morning and many times, he argues, I should just pick him up as late as possible! The teachers are caring, the activities are engaging, more directed towards STEM. Every day, when I read the newsletter, I feel very happy since it seems the kids are always engaged with activities that I would have been happily been engaged in myself when I was a kid (or even now). My son thinks his teacher is his best friend and she is always part of his pretend-play at home as a special character. I don't think I could have asked for more.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it with us! We always strive to foster the love of learning in all our students and even their families. We hope that everything goes back to normal soon so we can actually invite you to join our activities and have fun with us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We loved our time at YBG. We sent our son to a preschool classroom. The child-led pedagogical approach, caring staff, experienced and confident teachers, diverse and invested community and great kids made our experience so wonderful.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We also loved the time when you were with us. We hope everything goes back to normal soon so we can invite you to visit us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was by far the best school that my son has attended. The teachers are real teachers. It feels like a school not a wild day are center. They are very at gauzes, super polite, and excellent with the kids. Not once did anyone call me during the middle of the day to complain about my child’s behavior. So often at the other preschools and daycares they seem to do this, it’s very disruptive. If we didn’t leave San Francisco I would still have my kids enrolled there. Thank you for being so amazing somacc!

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

It's incredible to hear your story. Thank you! We are glad that we were able to be a part of your family's life even for a short time. We miss you, guys!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC is a little oasis for children in the middle of San Francisco. The teachers and staff have so much respect for children, and they show it not only in their daily interactions but in the decisions they make as an organization. The facilities support a truly diverse community, and from my own experience I can say that my son gained a love of school, teachers, and community through his time as a preschooler at SOMACC.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

Thank you for sharing your story with us! and for your support! It's so inspiring to hear how our program has impacted your son. We miss your family!

1 Said S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very good preschool and friendly stuff and teachers. Thank you for your outstanding service.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

We appreciate this wonderful feedback!

1 Grace R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC has been taking the best care of my 5 month old daughter! Whenever dropping her off or picking her up, you can tell the staff really cares about all the kids that go there. There is never a day that they don’t do educational and enriching activities with the kids. It is truly a pleasure to send my daughter to the carers at SOMACC.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are grateful that you chose our program for your child's early learning years. We are excited to see her grow up before our eyes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our child has been going to pre-school here for over a year now. It's a wonderful place with amazing teachers and a strong parent community.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

Thank you for the positive feedback!

2 Matthew De P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my sons have been at SOMACC since they were 3 months old. The care and curriculum provided at SOMACC via the Reggio Emilia approach is unparalleled and we are truly grateful to be part of the SOMACC family.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

Your family is and will always be a wonderful part of SOMACC! Thank you for everything you do for us!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Both of my grandchildren attend SOMACC and I can’t give the school anything but rave reviews. The quality of educational opportunities as well as the positive social development they continue to receive is exceptional. As an educator, I continue to be impressed with how the teachers assist with discovery and are supportive of creative learning. What a wonderful nurturing environment. I have witnessed my grandchildren become independent, confident, creative and equipped to navigate the challenges they face today.

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SOMACC 11/05/2020

We truly appreciate the kind words. Thank you for your unwavering support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our child has been at SOMACC YBCA for over a year and there is nowhere he and we would rather be. Everyone is just wonderful as they always have been from the start. In many ways its all about the kids, but at the same time, everyone's (Support staff, teachers', substitutes', custodians', community program staff, parents', etc) well being is taken care of because SOMACC cares about the child's relationship to their entire community. There's not room to name everyone, but thank you to Director Jennifer for always responding to parents concerns and leading Friday dance party; Joy, Roxy and Melinda for running administration so well; Simone for caring for our kids safety and individual development; Rod and family staff for community building and outreach; SOMACC PAC for your dedication to enriching the kids' lives; and of course Teachers Saima, Winnie, Tina, Holly, Jasmine, Jenny, Tuba, and all the teachers for caring so much about all the kids development and well being. At school, when the older kids were graduating to kindergarten we talked to our son about graduating to other schools someday and how one day he might go to schools with names the same as some streets like Oxford and Cambridge. He responded that while he wants to go to kindergarten, he wished he could stay at Somacc forever.

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SOMACC 10/28/2020

It's so wonderful to hear the positive impact of our program, staff and community to your child and family. Thank you for sharing your story! We also wish that he could stay with us forever!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Somacc was our first choice for our child and we're very happy that he's able to attend such a wonderful school. Its an incredible school and in many ways feels magical. The teachers remind you of your favorite educators from childhood. I can't possibly name all the great teachers, administrators, support staff, and custodians, because there are too many, but Joy, Roxy, Yat Ping, Jenny, Saima, Tuba and Simone have made lasting impacya in just a short time. More than just a school, somacc truly is a community and works to make their neighborhoods a better place. They provide classes and parents groups open to the general public that help us all be better parents. We would happily attend Yerba Buena, Judith Baker, or combined under any circumstances. I would spend all day at somacc if I could.
Steven

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SOMACC 10/17/2019

Thank you for this wonderful story and for choosing SOMACC to be a huge part of your child's early learning years! He is such a ray of sunshine! We are also thankful for your involvement and participation in our school and family resource center activities. Btw, you are most welcome to spend all day with us!

3 Hadar A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the COVID-19 lockdown, my son's preschool held "movie day." They screened the film on Zoom, so that no one would have to pay to rent it from Amazon... and they sent each and every family popcorn and sweets, so that every single kid at the childcare center, without exception, would be able to watch a movie with family and eat snacks.

This care and thoughtfulness is emblematic of the marvel that is SOMACC. The administrators and teachers don't talk empty talk: they do real good in the real world, quietly and humbly, in transformative and amazing ways. They tuck into one of the rooms basic food supplies for all the families. They look out for the kids who are in foster care. They spent several lockdown months coming up with inventive online programming for families. They have gone out of their way to reopen in a safe, sensible, sanitized way, and accustomed the children to good hygiene protocols so that they could continue learning and playing with their friends. And when the San Francisco sky turned frighteningly orange, they threw a rave party for the kids with flashlights and lightsticks, so that they would play and not be afraid.

We are very grateful, every day, to have SOMACC in our lives, and for the first-rate education our son receives there. It is so remarkable, in a city so rife with inequalities and imbalances, to have a place dedicated to provide everyone, of all economic abilities, with such a fantastic start to life. Our association with SOMACC is a source of immense joy and pride for all of us, especially for our son, who loves going to his preschool in the morning.

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SOMACC 10/28/2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Hadar! We are very grateful to our supporters, such as yourself, for your generosity that enables us to continuously meet the needs of the children and families in our community despite this unprecedented time. Thanks, again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All the staff is great at SOMACC. They take great care of our little ones. Everyone is very profesional, and my daughter and I love the place.

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SOMACC 10/28/2020

Thank you for the positive feedback! We are glad that your family is part of our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an extended family caregiver for 2 children enrolled at SOMACC. I consistently see attentive and caring teachers in every classroom, who give personal attention to each child. Their focus is on honoring the unique person each child is and providing enriching and diverse educational and social experiences. They welcome all members of the child’s family and support network into the school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My second child is currently attending the school and loves it. My first one is a former student and loves to come back and visit the teachers and old friends. The staff is loving and caring; the teachers are very open and respectful to different cultures. They have music, dance and drama classes for the children. It’s a wonderful place.

Misha D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC has been an incredible support system for our family! Everyone has helped us feel cared for and supported as we have navigated parenthood. The family resource center is great and the school is incredible

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful that my twin girls are accepted to the SOMACC-JB . They love going to school with so much learning and activities everyday. They love their teachers so much and their teachers love and treat them like their own. We, as a family also has access to all the resources, food distribution, case management. I love everything about SOMACC-JB.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding program led by teachers who truly care about the kids. Also a great sense of community among parents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC has been a great place for my daughter to grow and thrive. It's a welcoming community for San Francisco parents with caring teachers who are excited to see the kids every morning. The events and field trips are a big hit and the social growth we've seen in our child has been tremendous in a short amount of time

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going to SOMACC for over a year, and this place has truly helped him thrive. The quality, love and attention they devote to all their programs—from their attention to social skills development to their carefully curated toys and environment that foster curiosity and a sense of exploration—is truly top notch. The wholesome education my kid has received here has helped him blossom and become more independent and confident. The teachers are loving, attentive and respectful of the children’s unique needs. Everyone from the director to the cleaning staff are incredibly warm, helpful and dedicated to seeing the children thrive. My son loves this place, and so do I. It’s honestly a joy to walk in here everyday.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC is a truly unique and wonderful school and child care facility. Our son started going to the Yerba Buena Gardens center this year. Every single person who works there is with the children. Not just the teachers; every single person. The teachers do a great job of balancing giving the kids love and care with giving them the freedom to learn and grow. They put a lot of thought into everything they do there, from what to feed the children to how to decorate the room, to how to ensure every individual child's needs are met. They are simply excellent in every way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started at the YBG location 2 months ago and already I'm amazed with the school. They only onboard a few kids at a time so they can dedicate their attention to gaining the trust of my LO. She is normally so hard to warm up to people and now she not only quotes the teachers, but also tries to dress "like Teacher Winnie". Everyone at that facility is amazing. My daughter insists on saying "Hasta manana" to the custodian whenever she sees him. She is definitely thriving there.

1 Chloe F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started Somacc Judith Baker for preschool and he's been thriving. He loves his teachers and his friends, and looks forward to going to school. His teachers are attentive and caring, and Dianne the site manager is an amazing and warm person.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful preschool! We are very pleased with the teachers, staff and nurturing environment. Happy to enroll our daughter at SOMACC.

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SOMACC 10/29/2019

Thank you! We are very glad that you are happy with our program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our (now) 4yo son started going to SOMACC a year ago. After trying 2 other local child care orgs prior to SOMACC, it's been entirely clear that SOMACC's curriculum promoted a 'learning is fun' mentality and our son has seen improvement in his willingness to learn and social interactions. We highly recommend SOMACC for any families looking to take a new approach to teaching their kids.

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SOMACC 10/17/2019

Thank you, Brad! It's so amazing how much children learn and remember when they're involved and having fun! We are so glad that you found us.

1 Sofia B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so so happy with SOMACC, can't say enough of the teachers and education given. There is so much love in every single detail, my daughter is so happy here, a very nurturing environment, full of imagination, games, art and music. I trully believe is the best place for a kid.

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

Thank you, Sofia! We are so happy to have your family at SOMACC, too! Your daughter is such a joy to see everyday!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC creates community in a city like San Francisco among diverse families. The Judith Baker director, Dianne Alvarado, on Natoma St. is amazing. She goes above and beyond on what is needed create a safe and friendly environment for the families.

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

Thank you! SOMACC is proud to celebrate the rich diversity of San Francisco and is committed to maintaining a school community that is both diverse and inclusive for all children and families. JB CDC site manager, Dianne, is truly amazing and cares deeply for the families we serve.

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

Thank you! SOMACC is proud to celebrate the rich diversity of San Francisco and is committed to maintaining a school community that is both diverse and inclusive of all children and families. JB CDC site manager, Dianne, is truly amazing and cares deeply for the families that we serve.

1 Mandy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

JBC has been and continues to be an amazing asset in our lives! Both of my girls can’t wait to go to Judith baker in the morning! The teacher are amazing and have so much love and knowledge to share with each and every kiddo! Judith Baker is truly amazing and god sent!!!!

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

Thank you! Our Judith Baker Child Development Center and our teachers are indeed amazing. We are glad that your girls and your family are happy at our school!

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

Thank you! We are glad that your girls and family are happy at our Judith Baker Child Development Center location. We agree with you... our teachers are amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our kid is happy in this place! He attends 1+ year already and we see the great progress! He likes to come back and all teachers!

Thank you!

Gordei's family :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently moved to the area and somehow we were lucky enough to get a coveted spot for my son at SOMACC. I cannot tell you how thankful and grateful we are that my son was able to get into this school. The teachers, classrooms and the staff are all wonderful. My son is exposed to so many different things and experiences -- they even went on a field trip the first month he was here! Excellent program, teachers and staff. I highly recommend this school!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy we enrolled our 3 yo in preschool here! The teachers are warm, engaging, and creative. The reggio emilia approach is a great fit for our kid. One of our main priorities is to nurture her social emotional intelligence and curiosity. The kids get to do so many wonderful activities and they get additional enrichment classes like music, soccer, and drama. There's diversity with the staff and families, which is important to us. My kiddo has thrived here and we can't wait to see her grow even more in the next couple of years.

1 Mayumi S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves going to SOMACC. So many events and classes are held frequently.
The staff are flexible and communicative. We know what he did through the day including menu of breakfast and lunch.
The class blog is a very nice as well. It's a blog for the class activities and pens for only family of the class. I always enjoy seeing pictures of my son and his classmates learning music, soccer, dramas, various things introduced to the class!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have been lucky enough to attend YGB during their formative years. I see how happy and confident they are in school. Their teachers are so loving and attuned to creating an environment safe for exploration and learning. We will always be grateful to SOMACC for its amazing work!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter has attending somacc for a year. I can honestly say so has learned so much. And seems to amaze me more everyday. The staff is friendly, cheerful and is so patience with the children.

1 Petra C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My three year old started at SOMACC this September 2018 and she is already an integral part of her class, has many friends, brings home fun artwork and absolutely loves her teachers. She wants to bring all her princess dresses to show her teachers and often talks about them and recalls various activities they did together. I love getting weekly blog posts with photos of kids in the classroom and stories behind these pictures. I also like that parents are encouraged to be involved with various activities and volunteering opportunities, and I enjoy helping out with these.

1 Sara S.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing team! Very appreciated with how they caring our kids

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SOMACC 10/28/2018

Thank you! We do our best to make sure that all the children and families in our programs receive high quality services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Providing healthy food, offering creative activities everyday, enough staff and teachers, reasonable tuition, pleasant to parents, good facilities, outdoor playground. It is an ideal preschool!

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SOMACC 10/28/2018

Thank you. We are glad to know that we have met your expectations of what an ideal preschool is. Thank you for choosing us for your daughter's early care and education.

1 Lynn Farzaroli N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC is an amazing program! The teaching staff is top notch. My daughter has thrived on the Reggio inspired program. The child driven teaching, play and ability to experiment has enriched my daughter life so very much. I cherish the relationships I have built with the entire staff and families. Zoe stared when she was 8 months old in the infant room, now a very active preschooler. I have never had to worry about her at school, in fact the complete opposite. I feel thankful for being a part of this SOMACC family and know being there only adds to her developing brain and body. The teachers, admin staff and family resource center staff have always been a wealth of knowledge and displayed complete professionalism. I highly recommend all SOMACC programs.

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SOMACC 10/21/2018

Thank you for sharing your story, Lynn. Moreover, we are truly grateful for your family's kindness and steadfast support for SOMACC. It is such a joy to witness Zoe growing up and thriving right before our eyes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 3 year old has been at SOMACC since she was 4 months old, and my 4 month old is just starting. Since the moment we stepped foot in SOMACC (which is a children's oasis in the middle of busy San Francisco), we have been in love! Leaving a child in someone else's care is scary. From day zero, we were welcomed in with loving and competent arms. SOMACC's culture puts children first and at the center of everything they do. Each child is respected, nurtured, and loved beyond measure. The staff get to know all of the children and families. I've never had a doubtful moment since initial enrollment. In addition to the focus on child development, the center is SOOOO clean and SOOOO fun. They are thoughtful about investing in the environment and engage families along the way. We are so grateful that this place exists for our girls, their friends, and the families.

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SOMACC 10/16/2018

Thank you for the awesome review and for your continued support for SOMACC! We are so fortunate to be a part of your growing family and your girls' early learning years.

1 Kate S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been at SOMACC since she was 2 years old. They are the most communicative, caring, fun, dedicated to children place that you could send your child too. I LOVE them and highly recommend them to any parent.

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SOMACC 10/16/2018

Thank you for the kind words, Kate! How time flies! We can't believe that she is already turning 5 in just a few months! We will surely miss your little lady when she moves up to Kindergarten in the fall,

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What I love the most about SOMACC is the dedication of the teachers and staff. My daughter is in the Dragonfly class and is thriving and learning so much. She loves her teachers! This center is committed to providing high quality care and education. They value the importance of professional development for the staff, and support them in their studies of the Reggio Emilia approach and the RIE philosophy. Their Family Resource Center is truly a blessing in the community and has helped so many families.

1 Zack D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best "modern style" schools for small children, in the Bay area. We are proud to have our daughter in this program, and she loves it there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The many things I love about SOMACC:
The teachers genuininely care about all students. All SOMACC staff know the children and it truly feels like a community. The building and outdoor play areas are scaled for small children. Unlike most early childhood care, SOMACC provides care so that two parents can actually work full-time - hours are good and there aren't months of break in a given year. The school is already awesome, yet they continue to make improvements based on what they think would better serve the school community. Everyone is warm and inviting.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Great child care center that feels more like a play-based school with very intelligent, caring teachers. They work hard to create a community between classrooms and the parents, and also take great advantage of the wider community in the SOMA area and field trips further away. One thing I particularly appreciate is how often the kids go back and forth between inside and outside during the day, its much more fluid than others daycares concept of "an hour or two of scheduled outside time". The tuition is very fair given the quality of this center, and the fact that they provide all meals. I in fact found it slightly less expensive than the other preschools we considered, and we pay full price. While I have not participated, I also like supporting a Center that is so supportive of families in the SOMA area who have fewer resources or otherwise need assistance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our 4 yr old son has been going to SOMACC for the last 3 years and is currently in the Butterfly classroom. We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful resource so close. The staff have built a great program and genuinely care about the children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son attends this childcare and it has been an incredible experience. The teachers not only just care but they are invested in his future. They work on emotional and behavioral health which is very important to us as a family. The teachers are also supportive of the parents and help us to better teach and grow our child. We’ve been beyond thrilled to have our son grow in this facility. The families who attend are very friendly and supportive of one another and we find that the most exciting. It feels like a true community that we all can depend on each other and are invested in each other.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family LOVES YBCDC/SOMACC. It's very important for us that our child is surrounded by teachers whom we can trust and feel that there's a real partnership in raising her. All the teachers that our daughter has had from Ladybug to Bumblebee are all very thoughtful, caring, understanding, and loving towards all the children. We've seen so much growth in our child- socially, emotionally and academically. We love that our daughter can express her emotions and name her emotions at the age of three! Additionally, we are a bilingual family and it helps that some teachers can help us harness that important aspect of our child's life. YBCDC/SOMACC also cares about the parents! SOMACC provides culturally competent and comprehensive services for families who are looking for additional resources (community activities, housing, parent support, etc). I would highly recommend SOMACC to any family, and please consider making an appointment to talk to them about their program. Thank you to ALL the staff and teachers of SOMACC!

2 Barry C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center is a treasure. Surrounded by skyscrapers and the bustle of downtown San Francisco on the outside, it is cozy and welcoming on the inside. From the first time we visited the school, we knew we wanted to send our children there. After some time on wait list, we were overjoyed to find out there was a spot for our daughter. We came in with high expectations, and they have been met and exceeded. YBG just works. Our daughter loves it, and when we think about her during the work day, we know she's happy and well cared for.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SOMACC is a San Francisco treasure and an extraordinary resource for San Francisco families. As a neighbor and member of SOMACC's Board of Directors, I am very proud of SOMACC's ability to provide top quality early childhood education for such a diverse group of children.
Leveraging the Reggio Emilio holistic approach toward child development, SOMACC provides children the emotional, intellectual and social foundation needed for success in school and throughout life. Furthermore, by cultivating relationships with public and private stakeholders committed to early childhood education in San Francisco and by engaging a teaching staff dedicated to children and their future, it provides this best possible experience for a broad spectrum of children and their families.
SOMACC’s commitment to making the future better for all children embodies the best of San Francisco’s values and reflects why we choose to live and work here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

South of Market Child Care, Inc. has provided the best social, emotional, and developmental environment I could imagine for my son. He absolutely loves coming to school for his friendships and bonds with the staff. This school is certainly his home away from home and I couldn't speak higher of any child development Agency. The emphasis on my child's development has made me one happy mommy. We appreciate the teachers so very much! Their dedication and genuine care for the children make this school special! Anyone lucky enough to be a part of this community knows what I am talking about. Thank you SOMACC for giving my son the best opportunity to learn and grow!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy to be part of the SOMACC family. The quality of care and level of learning for my child over the last year has been amazing. Creativity, art, imagination, and play are values that I can know with confidence are being taught.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC is much more than a school, it's a family and we are so lucky to be part of the SOMACC family. The teachers are incredibly loving and talented making each child feel special. The community is warm and welcoming. Our daughter has been going there for 2 years and started at 3 month. She has grown up in the school yard and we couldn't be happier.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of this community, i can confidentially state South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC) exceeds expectations! SOMACC provides a safe and nurturing quality program and environment for my infant to learn and grow. The well educated, experienced, and professional teachers provide wonderful care for my child. I can trust the time he spends at school is filled with enriched and stimulating activity, while also supporting his emotional needs. I am grateful to be a parent within this child development center and community.

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Rating: 5

My daughter has been going there since she was only three months old, she loves her teachers. Everybody from the administration to the teaching staff is loving, friendly, caring and provide the best care for children. They have adopted the best known child development philosophies (RIE and Reggioe Emilia philosophies) to provide a natural, friendly, and a great developmental environment for the children. We love SOMACC!

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Rating: 5

My 4 year old son started here 2 months ago & from the first meeting with the staff before we officially enrolled I was at ease. The facility is wonderfully well kept up (both in / out door space for the children) & most importantly you can instantly tell how the mgmt team / teachers are warm, caring and kind. I couldn't have been more comfortable leaving my little one to their care while my husband & I are at work. By the end of the first week of transition my son was already asking us if he could go back to preschool the next day!!

1 rengiec

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are very happy with the attentive and loving care that SOMACC offers. Our daughter has been attending SOMACC since she was 4 months old. The teachers in the infant and toddler room are very experienced, knowledgeable, and patient. Our daughter loves going to SOMACC. We are well-informed of her daily routine, including mealtime, naps, indoor and outdoor activities, and so on. SOMACC offer excellent daycare service to families who live or work in SOMA neighborhood.

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Rating: 5

My granddaughter is in her third year at SOMACC. We are so very impressed with the teachers and program. She is safe, secure and oh so happy in this program. They provide a nonjudgmental environment to explore, learn and grow. She is so eager to learn and to share what she has learned with us so that we can also be knowledgeable. The teachers and program fosters critical thinking skills which is such an important tool for life long learning and exploration. They also help the children to identify their emotions and strategies for dealing with their various emotions. They celebrate each child's individuality and help the children to accept and work & play happily with their peers with diverse backgrounds. We wish every child could have these experiences! Thank you for all you do!

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Rating: 5

Our granddaughter is in the Butterfly class. We have been so impressed with the program. Anytime we have dropped by for a visit while in SF, the teachers have been warm and welcoming to us. We have observed the positive and enthusiastic interactions of the teachers with the students. They foster a loving, supportive atmosphere in which the children feel safe to explore, learn and blossom. They demonstrate their sound knowledge of child development as activities and interactions are age appropriate. The diversity of the class is such a positive feature of the school. In particular, we are grateful to receive the weekly blog. As out of state grandparents it helps to keep us connected and gives us great information we can use to prompt our granddaughter to tell us about her activities and friends during our FaceTime visits. Keep up the good work!

1 Kelly224

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Rating: 5

My daughter recently entered SOMACC and she seems to be enjoying it very much. She loves the teachers, they all seem to be very attentive and know Ella already. The school provides many fun activities such as baking, library book checkout/story reading time. soccer practice, drama, art, and music. Ella enjoys going to school and I wished we found this school earlier. Thank you SOMACC!

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are so happy that Ella is enjoying her new school. Welcome to our SOMACC family!

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Rating: 5

I could not be happier for my son to attend SOMACC. It meets all the criteria that you would look for in a good quality preschool. A genuinely caring and engaging early child establishment.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are glad to have you at SOMACC and be able to provide your family with a high quality program.

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Rating: 5

The teachers and staff at SOMACC are so incredibly warm and caring. My daughter loves going to school and talks about her teachers and classmates after she gets home. As a parent, leaving your child in another's care is one of the most difficult decisions to make, but everyone at SOMACC made it easy.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

Thank you for entrusting your daughter to our care. We look forward to hearing her stories about her teachers and classmates one of these days

1 vsm

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Rating: 5

The teachers and staff at SOMACC strive to create a supportive, compassionate learning environment for the children. In addition to the attentive care the children receive, they foster a sense of community among the diverse set of families.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are very fortunate to have such wonderful teachers and staff, and your family is a great addition to our SOMACC family. Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement.

1 Christiaan H.

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Rating: 5

All three of our children have gone to this wonderful preschool. We love it. The teachers are outstanding -- dedicated, professional, caring, and supportive. We couldn't be happier about this diverse, warm, welcoming preschool. We are lucky to be part of the community!

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are very fortunate to be a part of your daughters’ early learning years. We can’t wait for your youngest to start soon.

1 Vanessa36

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Rating: 5

I can't begin to express how thankful I am to have found such a wonderful school for my son to attend. Logan is 3.5 and started this past summer. The teachers are very supportive and communicative. Knowing that your child may spend more time at school than at home makes it that much more important when choosing a childcare facility.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

Logan is such a wonderful boy. Thank you for choosing us and welcome to our SOMACC family!