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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

1 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.

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.

Client Served

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!

Client Served

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!!

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.

Client Served

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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Client Served

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!

Kelly224

Client Served

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!

Client Served

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.

Client Served

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