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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

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123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What we love most about SOMACC is their quiet and diligent work to make sure that all kids are equally nurtured and enriched. They go out of their way to ensure proper resources and engage the families of every kid. I was very touched when I saw they keep a food pantry, accessible but out of sight, for families; I was also moved to tears when they held 'movie nights' for our kids during the pandemic and made sure that each kid had not only access to the movie, but also to snacks and activities at home. It is such a blessing to have our son in such a loving, healthy, and diverse environment. He is thriving and so are all his friends. If only we could keep this spirit of equity and enrichment throughout people's entire education journey!

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SOMACC Thank you for sharing this wonderful story about us, Hadar! Inspiring stories like yours fuel our commitment to always provide exemplary services to the children and families in our community no matter the situation.

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Rating: 5

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As we look back on my child's three years at SOMACC Yerba Buena, we know that we made the right choice and would do it again. Our child is a confident, curious, social person whose personality and abilities have been nurtured at YBC. All three SOMACC sites have the same great administrative staff whom could not make parents lives easier. When asked what he would write about SOMACC, my child said "They have really great teachers. They bring us on fun trips like the merry go round. Unlike other schools my friends go to where you have to bring your own food, they have delicious meals for us and tasty snacks like empanadas. I wish I could stay at school all the time though I like being at home too." So while he is excited to go to kindergarten, he still wishes his friends could come with him or that SOMACC went all the way up to university. Lastly, the community of parents is strong and diverse in every way. The parents committee is led by the most wonderful parents and great parents participate in school activities throughout the year. Because the school is well designed and hidden away, most people would never know it was there, if not for the happy children staying after school to play on the steps during pickup time or the kids happily waving bye out the windows as their parents leave in the morning. SOMACC, you're the best. Thank you for everything.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

Thank you as always for the wonderful stories you share! We take great pride in our programs, teachers, staff, children, parents and our whole SOMACC community. We are glad that your family is a part of it. We will surely miss your boy when he moves up to Kindergarten next fall.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank my lucky stars EVERY SINGLE DAY that my two children have the opportunity to learn and explore at this amazing school with the most dedicated, loving, patient, and creative teachers I have ever met. The sense of relief I have knowing that the most precious humans in the world (my children) are receiving outstanding care and instruction all day while I'm away is beyond priceless. Thank you, SOMACC, for everything you do!!!

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We also thank our lucky stars that your family is part of our SOMACC community! Thank you so much for entrusting us with the opportunity to nurture both your children, and for your ongoing support and involvement.

1 Matthew De P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my sons started in SOMACC's infant program at 3 months old. My oldest is now in Kindergarten and his brother is in pre-school at SOMACC. You can't overstate the profound affects that SOMACC has on the children during these crucial developmental years. The program foster creativity and exceptional development every step of the way. My Kindergartner is thriving and it's all because of the preparation, care, and love from SOMACC. We couldn't be more grateful to have found this place.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We are very fortunate to have your family at SOMACC and be part of your sons' early learning years. Thank you for your steadfast support!

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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!

2 Deirdre D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have our preschooler and baby enrolled here and couldn’t be happier with the community. So happy that when we decided to keep them both enrolled after moving to the east bay. The longer commute is a small sacrifice for enrichment, love and support we get from Somacc each and every day. With our preschooler, we are so thrilled with how much she is learning-from literacy to health and safety. She will definitely be ready for kindergarten when she graduates. And with our 10 month old, he lights up every morning when we drop off.

Truly somacc has been one of the best parts of raising young kids

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

Thank you so much for choosing to stay at SOMACC and entrusting us with the opportunity to nurture both your children!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An exceptional child care facility focused on allowing each child to flourish and thrive. Their facilities and teachers are top-notch, their pricing and long days are supportive or working parents, affording our child growth, exposure and diversity that he wouldn't find elsewhere. We are so pleased to be a part of the SOMACC community :)

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We are very proud of our program/services and we are glad that we can share this with your family. Thank you for the positive feedback!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going to SOMACC for 9 months now. He loves his teachers and learns new things everyday. Amazed at the range of activities the children partake.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We appreciate this wonderful feedback! We are happy that your son is thriving at school.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 28 months old daughter has been enrolled in SOMAC and she loves the school and the teachers. The most surprisingly, she shows more growth in her abilities more than I expected before her entering the school. I would highly recommend SOMAC.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

Thank you for this great story! It makes us so happy to know that your daughter loves her school and teachers, and that she's thriving well with us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazingly caring teachers. Thank you so much for everything you do!

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

You're most welcome! Thank you acknowledging our amazing teachers!

1 Sowmya R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter goes to preschool at SOMACC - Yerba Buena Gardens and she is so incredibly happy there. What is amazing about SOMACC is that they take care of the entire family's well being. The teachers and staff at SOMACC are so warm and caring in all our interactions. 10/10, highly recommend.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We are very fortunate to have such wonderful teachers and staff, and your family is a great addition to our SOMACC family. We are glad to be a part of your daughter’s early learning years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been at SOMACC for 1.5 years and we are very fortunate to be a part of the SOMACC community. The teachers and so kind and truly care for the kids. My son loves going here. They have a wonderful environment for learning. They also provide healthy and nutritious meals everyday. They provide all kinds of support to the SOMACC families in need. I am grateful to each and every person here for taking such good care of my son, loving him and providing the foundation for him to grow up to be a good and kind person.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We are also very fortunate to have your family at SOMACC. Thank you for entrusting your son to our care. We are excited to see him grow up before our eyes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Yo como madre de familia de dos hijos Mellizos estoy súper feliz con este hermoso daycare SOMACC YBG  desde que ingresaron a los 8 meses al salón de gusanito, el carisma, Profesionalismo, respeto, toda las actividades que a diario realizaban con los niños. mi gran admiración.... mis niños de 4 años continúan sus estudios en otra aula con otras profesoras tienen un aprendizaje, desenvolvimiento. Seguridad personal, capacidad de hacer sus cosas ellos solos, hablan español, inglés perfectamente, sociables con sus amigos, padres de familia, profesoras, todo el personal de SOMACC YBG. Tan lindos, yo como mamá me senti desde el primer dia que entre a SOMACC YBG , una Seguridad total al dejar a mis dos bellos hijos estudiando, desenvolviendose dia a dia ... ya tenia recomendaciones de esta institución por mi cuñada, mis dos sobrinos estudiaron aqui en SOMACC YBG, estamos súper felices de pertenecer a este gran equipo familiar, administrativo, profesoras, limpieza, personal de recepción, padres de familia y todos los estudiantes..... lo recomiendo 100%%% y ojos cerrados, que sus hijos se sentiran como en casa y aprenderán muchísimo gracias a Dios habia vacantes para mis hijos mellizos....
Felicitaciones y bendiciones para cada uno de ustedes SOMACC YBG 

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

Thank you for your awesome story! We are so glad to have your family at SOMACC and witness your boys' growth and development.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only the best teachers and program, but all the projects and environment is truly perfect.
You can see how loved children feel and all the support and resources for family it's outstanding. Great community.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

We always strive our best to provide exemplary services to children, families and our community. We appreciate your kind words, Sofia!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two kids and 9+ years later, we are still so grateful for SOMACC. We loved it so much that even after moving to the Glen Park area we commuted in. There were several other families who did a similar commute as well. Although it’s in the heart of SF, the school is peaceful and the children benefit from plenty of outdoor time because it’s on the roof. And yes! There are grassy areas and play structures to enjoy. Teachers are very kind and truly care for the children. Healthy meals and snacks are provided. The senior preschool class spends a lot of time writing letters, talking about kindergarten, sitting quietly on the mat and exploring their environment. It’s an all-year preschool which was fantastic…. We also experienced SOMACC during the height of the pandemic and I was very pleased with their response. With two younglings and aging parents we take safety protocols seriously and SOMACC did great. I wish SFUSD had followed their model!

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

Thank you for sharing your story, Nenette! Moreover, we are truly grateful for your family's kindness and steadfast support for SOMACC. It was such a joy to witness your children grow up and thrive right before our eyes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,

My name is Melissa and I am very thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to have both of my kids at somacc. My now 5 year old was the first to start at somacc at 4 years old and entered into preschool in the dragonfly class and graduated in 2021. The love, support and care that he received was unreal. My son loved going to school everyday and loved his teachers. Now my 14 month old is also at somacc and is also super happy at somacc she quickly smiles when she sees her teacher and happily reaches her arms to her. I’m super thankful to have my children in this school and would strongly recommend it to everyone.

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SOMACC 11/04/2021

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

Emily152

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to send our two children to SOMACC YBG. Our family has been at the school for five years, and the experience has been truly wonderful. The teachers and staff are loving skilled. Everything about the school is designed to support the children of working families from a wide variety of backgrounds. From the airy urban oasis of a campus, to the full-time schedule, to dental checks, to services in many languages, SOMACC walks the walk. I have worked in nonprofits and in education my entire career and have never encountered an organization that so embodies the best of what our diverse society and community could be. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to be part of the wonderful school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC is exactly what the world needs more of.

SOMACC provides accessible, excellent, and truly economically and ethnically integrated child care to families in San Francisco. The mindful and loving educators and staff are a blessing to every family fortunate enough to attend SOMACC.

If we could have care and education like that provided SOMACC for all SF families, we would be able to the realize the vision so many of us hold for a thriving, equitable, and diverse San Francisco.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We take great pride in the important work that we do for our community. Thank you so much for choosing SOMACC and entrusting us with the opportunity to nurture both your children.

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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!

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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!

4 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.

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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.

1 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

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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.

2 Sofia B.2

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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!

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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.

2 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.

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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 10/28/2018

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.

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,

1 KatdelaFuente

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.