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South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC)

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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 childhood 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 four decades to two child development centers that serve nearly 140 young children ages 0-5 every year, and a free comprehensive family resource center that serves almost 1,000 individual families 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: At our Yerba Buena Gardens & Judith Baker Child Development Centers, we serve nearly 140 children (0-5 years), and hundreds of families in our Family Resource Center each year.

Geographic areas served: South of Market, San Francisco

Programs: Infant and Toddler Early Care & Education Preschool Family Resource and Support

Community Stories

77 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.

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!