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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Outstanding program led by teachers who truly care about the kids. Also a great sense of community among parents.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful preschool! We are very pleased with the teachers, staff and nurturing environment. Happy to enroll our daughter at SOMACC.
Thank you! We are very glad that you are happy with our program.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you, Sofia! We are so happy to have your family at SOMACC, too! Your daughter is such a joy to see everyday!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!
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!
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!
Gordei's family :)
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Amazing team! Very appreciated with how they caring our kids
Thank you! We do our best to make sure that all the children and families in our programs receive high quality services.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.