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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

93 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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

1 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.

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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!

1 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!

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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.

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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

1 vsm

Client Served

Rating: 5

The teachers and staff at SOMACC strive to create a supportive, compassionate learning environment for the children. In addition to the attentive care the children receive, they foster a sense of community among the diverse set of families.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are very fortunate to have such wonderful teachers and staff, and your family is a great addition to our SOMACC family. Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement.

1 Christiaan H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All three of our children have gone to this wonderful preschool. We love it. The teachers are outstanding -- dedicated, professional, caring, and supportive. We couldn't be happier about this diverse, warm, welcoming preschool. We are lucky to be part of the community!

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are very fortunate to be a part of your daughters’ early learning years. We can’t wait for your youngest to start soon.

1 Vanessa36

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to express how thankful I am to have found such a wonderful school for my son to attend. Logan is 3.5 and started this past summer. The teachers are very supportive and communicative. Knowing that your child may spend more time at school than at home makes it that much more important when choosing a childcare facility.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

Logan is such a wonderful boy. Thank you for choosing us and welcome to our SOMACC family!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love SOMACC! The staff are friendly, helpful and you can tell they really care about the children in their care. My son doesn't want to leave every time I pick him up which I think is a good sign. He has learned so much while being in their care. We are so grateful!

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

Your son not wanting to leave during pick-up time is definitely a good sign. We are very happy to have you at SOMACC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SOMACC has wonderful staff that cares about the families they work with. Our son thrives with his teachers and I feel happy that he is in their care. He's only been in the infant and toddler classrooms and I can't wait to see how he thrives in the preschool.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We take great pride in our staff. Your son will for sure have more wonderful memories in preschool.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter is entering her third and final year at SOMACC and it has been an amazing place to watch her grow and blossom from a toddler to a self-confident pre-kindergartener! I couLdnt think of a better place for her to learn in these crucial early years - SOMACC provides a ethnically, culturally and sociology-economically diverse play based Reggio inspired environment that is a microcosm of how all San Francisco schools SHOULD be. The teachers foster such a nurturing, loving and creative environment and take time out to share the children's with parents and extended family. This is truly is an amazing school!

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are lucky to be a part of your daughter’s early learning years. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is truly an amazing child care center/preschool! Our daughter has been here since age 2 - and everyday is a joy. The teachers are caring, loving and prepare a wonderful child-led curriculum and enriching learning environment. This is a gem of a school!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I totally love this center. The teacher/student ratio is awesome. My son felt in love with this center from day one. The patio has a nice recreational area for the children to play around. This center has so much to offer for the growth and development of the child.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are very proud of our center and we are glad that we can share this with your family.

1 Jonathan58

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little boy couldn't be happier. I couldn't be happier. I visited many preschools in San Francisco and none compare to Somacc. The activities are creative, the environment enchanting, and most of all, the team is outstanding. Many of the teachers and staff have been there over ten years. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, I go off to work each day confident that my son has his village. This non-profit far outperforms for-profit schools in the area.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are privileged to be a part of your son’s village. Thank you for choosing SOMACC!

1 Emily152

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.

1 jkc137

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both our daughters have had the pleasure of attending SOMACC for 3 years each, with my youngest in her last year now. We have always been pleased to be part of the SOMACC family - all the teachers and staff are caring and helpful. They are always taking the time to share little tidbits and stories about how our children have done though the day and they meet with parents several times a year to discuss progress. The children are encourage to explore topics that interest them from their surroundings and they use those topics to teach all the other fundamentals. SOMACC really concentrates on the whole child - socially, emotionally and educationally.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

Your family has been a great addition to our SOMACC family. Thank you so much for the support all these years!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't ask for a more perfect place for my children to spend there days. The location is great - easy access to city green spaces as well as a private playground within the center. The teachers and staff are friendly and caring and know all the students - even those not in their assigned classrooms. It's worth the wait!!

1 jordane23

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been with SOMACC for almost 2 years and we couldn't be happier. Our 2nd will be starting in November soon, just as our oldest hits their pre-school.

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SOMACC 10/28/2016

We are very happy that you are a part of our SOMACC family and we can’t wait for your baby to start next month.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has thrived @ SOMACC, thanks to the caring, knowledgeable staff. My wife and I feel great about the facilities, program and people. Ever since our son started there at 4 months old, we've felt like the people at SOMACC are an extension of our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has had a wonderful experience as this great school. This is a real community experience with everyone working together to nurture and bring out the best in each child.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SOMACC does an amazing job of providing mentoring, support, and leadership in both the school community and the community at large. The children thrive there!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about SOMACC. The teachers and staff are consummate professionals and know how to care for the children in their care along with the families as a whole. Everyone should be so lucky to have such an amazing childcare facility!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love South of Market Child Care! They are always so attentive and loving to the kids. My son enjoys being there and likes all the activities they have planned for their group. They are extremely organized and definitely keeps the parents in the loop with all their developments and daily activities. I would recommend this daycare to anyone. We feel so blessed to be part of this daycare!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We've been attending SOMACC for several years. It's a great school right in the heart of a bustling downtown. While you may think being downtown, there would be less opportunities, SOMACC conquers this by having a great outdoor space, frequent trips to the nearby carousel, playground, museums and gardens.

The teachers are loving and kind and my children always feel safe and welcome.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been attending the pre-school portion of the school for over a year now and he is as happy as can be. There are so many stimulating activities that the teachers incorporate daily and the center does a great job of bringing in outside specialists as well each week (drama as well as a music instructor), weekly walks to the carousel and surrounding gardens various field trips each year and so much more. The center itself is full of light, fresh air and sunny spaces for the children to grow and play and each room has a balcony as well. The staff cares genuinely about each child and his/her family and really works hard to make sure that every family is comfortable and part of the community. We really couldn't be happier sending our son to school each day and he will be sad to move on when he graduates next summer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been attending SOMACC for the past 2 years and we continue to love the school. Thoughtful, patient, ever-adaptive teachers are such a great, positive part of our son's life. I love the focus on respect for the diversity of others, and the consistency with which the school's staff teaches good social skills. I have unabashedly recommended SOMACC to several other parents and will continue to do so! I feel truly privileged to be a part of the SOMACC family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful, loving, and diverse school. Between two kids, we've been with SOMACC for more than four years. We switched preschools 3 times before finding the right place for our daughter, here. SOMACC is well-run, with caring teachers and a child-led curriculum that prepared our daughter well for kindergarten. One of my favorite things is how the school really makes each child feel like they belong to a community right from the first day they attend.

I love how the school makes its urban setting one of its greatest strengths. The preschool children visit the nearby carousel and explore Yerba Buena every week. They take field trips to the nearby museums (SF MOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum), and learn from the art installations all around them. We recently took public transportation to the Academy of Sciences for a field trip.

I think that SOMACC works hard to make sure that this is a great school for working parents. The hours are good, the school is year-round, and the teachers and staff are flexible and understanding. The FRC is an amazing resource for neighborhood parents.

We feel extremely lucky to be a part of SOMACC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter has been a student and received care here since she was 9 months old. We feel that finding a home for her SomaCC has been among the best parenting decisions we've made! She is absolutely thriving under the loving care, creative activities, and thoughtful teaching that she receives at SomaCC. The team there does an incredible job, and we are very grateful for all they have done for our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

words can never tell how much i appreciate the help we got from them in preparing our child for his education. Jared had been awesome from the kindergarten up to now... and i know i owe it the teachers of Somacc, who taught him his basics... we are working parents and as much as we wish to be there, in tutoring him, time is not our friend! Thank you so much Somacc for the wonderful job on getting my son ready for learning!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Nothing without joy! From circle time to nap time, the wonderful teachers plan unique learning experiences. The small ratios allow teachers to really get to know the students and families with whom they work. Its a great place for parents, children, and teachers to grow together!