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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

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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.

Comments ( 1 )

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful infant/toddler through preschool center. We have sent our two daughters here for the last three years and couldn't be more grateful for their quality care and instruction!

1 Chei D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter went graduated from here and now my 3yo goes here! Before my 5yo went here, she was shy and kept to herself but now she is very outgoing and lively! i am so impressed at how they prpared her for kinder, she is well above her reading level, great at math skills, etc. and very respectful to teachers, she is always a star student at kindergarten. a true testament of the hard work from SOMACC teachers and staff.

i love that they offer a lot of fun activities that children really learn from..they learn hands on science with tree frog treks to reading with the librarians!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOMACC is an incredible non-profit that has impacted our family greatly. The attention our son receives and the diligence of the teachers is truly unmatched. I highly recommend SOMACC!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves it here! The teachers and staff are wonderful, that class has a great mix of kids, and the facilities are in excellent condition. The kids really enjoy their time together, their teachers, and all the materials in the classroom. Very happy to have found this place, and plan to be there for another few years.

1 SteffyLove

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Daughter Love has been attending SOMACC since she was 4 months old she is now 14 moths, and i have NOT 1 complain. The Facility itself is always clean and presentable, The Staff are always welcoming and pleasant, very friendly and helpful, The teachers are very knoledgeable about their jobs sincere and caring. This is an environment that I feel safe to bring my child in, I know that she is learning and in safe hands I feel more than appreciative of the care level they provide and each and everyone really go the extra mile for the kids. We are so bless to find an affordable daycare that never lacks in quality in care that also caters to Low Income families such as myself. everyone here are proffesional and great people. Love and I are looking forward to many more years of learning and growing in the one of the BEST daycare in the world :)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Elix started in SOMACC by 2012 and he had this "gibberish" words that a little bit hard to understand plus he was very choosy in greetings people. After a few more months, we were marveled at how Elix can go from saying just a few words to suddenly producing full sentences in just a short matter of time. The curriculum and program fits well to my child. Teachers are compassionate, understanding and helping our children to be ready in Kindergarten. The outside yard is so gorgeous. How lucky we are to get a spot in one of the high quality school and program like SOMACC. Our family love this school.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 2 boys here, and we all think this school is wonderful. The teachers and staff have worked with my family to make sure we know what is happening with my kids each day, and I love their approach to kids and learning. The teachers tap into the children's creativity and together they come up with cool, fun projects. The classrooms and outdoor spaces are the best I've seen for a downtown preschool -- I believe it was actually designed as a school, not converted from an office. My older son has gone through some rough patches, and the teachers and administration have gone out of their way to help us to find the best ways to support him. I can't imagine a school being a better fit for us.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has been attending SOMACC for the past year and we couldn't be happier. We consider ourselves lucky to belong to community of dedicated, very skilled teachers and caring parents. That the learning environment uses Reggio Emilia-style learning is evident in the class intentions and projects; this style of learning has encouraged the development of our son's social and language skills to an extraordinary degree-- I'm delightfully surprised! I would- and indeed I have - recommended SOMACC to other families looking for a fantastic daycare/pre-school.

1 Paul146

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son, Trent - started SOMACC in Sept, 2014 and the difference in his social and learning skills is remarkably noticeable. The teachers and staff are extremely passionate about allowing the children to develop their abilities to discover, learn and teach. Also, the facility is safe and has a great open space with lots of activities and room for the kids to enjoy. Highly Recommend!!!

1 Ann_97

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has attended South-of-Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC) since she was a "Bumblebee" (age 2). I have been so pleased with her development at the SOMACC these past three years. We definitely hit
the lottery when we were accepted to SOMACC. It's more than a school, it's a community with the shared values of contribution, respect, and concerns for others. The staff models these values. Additionally, I have no doubt our daughter will be ready for Kindergarten. We have also met some wonderful parents.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been sending our children to SOMACC for the past 3 years. Our eldest daughter started when she was 3 yrs. in the Preschool division; our middle daughter started when she was 18 months in the infant/toddler room; and our youngest child is set to start next year. SOMACC has been a huge part of our family. When my husband and I are at work, we know our daughters are in a very safe and loving environment. The teachers and staff members truly care about making sure the child's needs are put first and always met. The facility is warm and inviting. The children love the outdoor spaces and the light and bright classrooms. We feel extremely lucky to be a part of the SOMACC community. There are so many wonderful aspects about SOMACC and we are forever grateful for helping us nurture and care for our children.

~Lori, San Francisco, CA

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A review on behalf of Karima B.

Our family has a legacy at the South of Market Child Care Center. My eldest brother who is now 40 years old attended South of Market as well as my younger brother and sister (and her cousin – they are all in their 20’s now). My daughter just graduated and she now attends Transitional Kindergarten; she will be 5 years old soon. My daughter had the same teacher as her aunts and uncles – that say’s a lot to have staff stay there over the years! The school is amazing and there is a wonderful sense of community as well. I attended Parent Meetings, Parenting Support Groups as well as field trips to the Bay Discovery Museum, Zoo and Symphony and so on. They take the kids to the library and professionals come into the class and teach them how to eat healthy, music, dance and more. Optometrist and Dentist also come in for wellness of the children; they even brush their teeth during the day :) . The classroom made my daughter feel welcomed in the morning and she was met/provided with a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack every day. I don't trust many with my child and I always felt secure leaving her there. I recently asked her which school has better food and she replied, “South of Market”! They have a song about “South of Market Spirit” and she was humming while brushing her teeth earlier this week; although she graduated. The staff is culturally diverse: Asian, Caucasian, African, Pakistani and everyone is celebrated at a yearly Multi-Cultural event with food, song and dance. She graduated with a binder full of photos that reflects her development over the years; it is a truly amazing gift that we review and will cherish for years to come. I now have out spoken, kind, loving and well-rounded beautiful daughter and we are part of the South of Market Family. We will be back to visit. South of Market is deep in our hearts, because we got the South of Market Spirit (part of the song J). I could go on and on, but the aforementioned are some of the immediate highlights that come to mind.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We moved our now 4-year old son to YBG when he was 3 years old and we were frustrated with his prior preschool. For a very sensitive, picky child, our son's transition went shockingly well and he has been incredibly happy every single day since then. He has made great friends, loves going to school, thrives with all of the incredibly thoughtful experiences there (weekly walks, carousel rides, growing/releasing butterflies, weekly music lessons with an outside instructor that the kids all adore... etc.). The teachers and staff throughout the school are so warm and welcoming, so loving and happy there and there seems to be very low turnover for what I've come to see in the field. We couldn't be happier and expect to keep him there until he is 6 rather than move him to a T-K program -- just so that he can have an extra year of thriving with his adoring teachers and friends and be in such a warm and happy environment. The setting with so much sunlight, outside time, field trips etc. is just unparalleled. We feel incredibly lucky to have been given a spot in their preschool.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son recently started at SOMACC (he is 4) and we have been thrilled with the teachers, staff and facility there! The thoughtful attention to every detail and respectful philosophy that shines through their activities has impressed us. My son is excited to go every day and doesn't want to leave when I pick him up. He has nothing but exciting and interesting stories about his days at his 'new school', and I have the same, I am really welcomed to spend time there with him and be a part of it.

The transition from a home daycare to preschool at SOMACC was really fantastic, so much careful attention was given to my son and our family to ensure it was smooth and positive in every way. They really gave us time and coaching that was beyond our expectations. I cannot say enough about this place and how it has changed our lives by providing such an enriching environment for my son. He has learned so much already and so have we by being able to experience the truly exceptional teaching that happens at SOMACC!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have SOMACC in San Francisco! Our daughter, now 3 years old, has been attending SOMACC since she was 4 months and has thrived under their care. The teachers and management are passionate about their work and really care for the children, it's obvious from all the hugs and smiles we see every day... it's quite often that our daughter would even prefer to stay at school than come home. The school provides a lot of activities centered around play/independence/social skills so the kids are nicely stimulated. There's a good amount of parent involvement (more is always needed since the school is a non-profit) and it feels like a small yet friendly community. Our family couldn't be happier with this school and it feels like we've found a gem.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

South of Market Child Care Center is an outstanding preschool program. The Center exceeded our expectations in every regard. It is housed in a newly constructed building behind Harvest Market at 8th & Natoma. The classrooms, furniture and toys are all new, and the fact that its in a newly constructed building is reassuring in the event of an earthquake. The entire staff does a great job of welcoming each child in the morning. You will see each child feels as though they are being left with family in a nurturing environment. Curriculum was regularly adjusted with my son's development and I received regular feedback on his performance socially and academically. Staff are extremely professional and wonderfully, culturally diverse. Also impressive is the number of no-cost special events and activities non-profit orgs have access to. There were frequent trips to the Bay Discovery Museum private Holiday performances at the Symphony and regular lectures and classes led by accomplished musicians, zoologists and cultural groups. Our son truly flourished in this program. He made many friends we still keep in touch with and became very prepared for his elementary school years ahead.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern for SOMACC for 4 months and thoroughly enjoyed my experience with this non-profit organization! This was my first experience in a non-profit setting and I learned so much from the volunteers and workers that I will remember for the rest of my life. The teachers, case mangers, volunteers, and everyone in and out of the Family Resource Center, deeply care for the families and community members utilizing the services of SOMACC. I also spent a large amount of time at the Natoma site, where I also experienced the hard-work and dedication the teachers had for the pre-schoolers. I highly recommend anyone needing family assistance or looking for community services to visit SOMACC - a safe, warm, and inviting setting for everyone and anyone in need of a helping hand.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place was very enjoyable and great to work in. I volunteered for a while here and learned a lot about children. The workers are always upbeat!! They also have great energy, which is why the children here are always happy!!! Once in a while, a child would have there down times and the people here are very understanding and they do there best to care for these kids when they are down. They listen and provide loving care. This place is great! What more can you ask for!?