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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

86 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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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SOMACC 10/17/2019

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

1 Sofia B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

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

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

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

1 Mandy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

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

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SOMACC 10/11/2019

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Thank you!

Gordei's family :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Mayumi S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

1 Petra C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Sara S.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing team! Very appreciated with how they caring our kids

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SOMACC 10/28/2018

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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SOMACC 10/28/2018

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

1 Lynn Farzaroli N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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SOMACC 10/21/2018

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