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Top Preschools & Childcare in San Francisco

Published Mar 6, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

The choice of which preschool or childcare provider to send your child to can be tricky. If you need some help making the big decision we've compiled a list of our favorite providers in San Francisco for you to check out! 

When it comes to choosing a preschool or childcare provider to send your kids to it is never an easy task. From location, to curriculum, to snacks every establishment is just a wee bit different, which makes this decision hard for parents. To help you out ChatterBlock has come up with a list of the top preschools and childcare providers in the San Francisco area. This list should give you a better idea about what is available in the area. 


Designed for families with kids 5 and younger, Peekadoodle Kidsclub offers a variety of programs including Peekadoodle Academy Preschool (27 months+), Peekadoodle Prep (drop off for 20 months +), music and art classes, and summer camps. 

Kangaroos Preschool

Kangaroos Preschool has so many fun arts and crafts activities, lots of outdoor time in their cute backyard, and music class once a week with a hired professional. They also offer "pajama parties" every other Friday until 9pm, to give parents an opportunity for a quick date night.

The preschool provides a great deal of learning activities and fun for the kids. They have a full day program which is important for both working parents, and also an early drop of and a late pick up options.

Little Bee Daycare & Preschool

Little Bee Daycare & Preschool is a wonderful school and community of loving parents and kids. They offer a "dual-immersion" Mandarin and English program, which integrates Mandarin into the general education curriculum.  No prior exposure to Mandarin is necessary; it is designed for English-speaking and Mandarin-speaking students to develop communication and literacy skills in both languages. They also offer little 'science experiments,' cooking sessions, and art creation lessons each week.

On top of all of that we think the preschool truly takes advantage of all this great city has offer, and frequently takes the kids to the local parks/playgrounds, the library, and the farmer's market. 

Little People Preschool & TK

Little People Pre-School is operating since 2000 and is the only K-G Preparatory Center in SF & Bay Area that provides professional education in Eng & Rus. They offer a full range of classes that foster your child’s individual growth.​ They believe that every child is unique and will grow at his or her own pace. Their teachers spend time nurturing children’s strengths and encouraging them to reach new heights.

Little People Pre-School also celebrates winter holidays and end of the year with performances where the kids act, sing, dance, and recite poems. Also they celebrate every child's birthday and make their day special. Every day is structured and balanced well between study, playtime, nap time, and eating (food is always homemade). 

The Crayon Box Preschool

The Crayon Box Preschool offers a diverse community that encourages children to appreciate and learn about other cultures as well as their own, providing a school setting where children are excited to come to everyday and learn. The school includes four spacious classrooms, art studio, dance/music studio, science and dramatic play rooms, administrative office, and a large fenced playground with play structure. They also provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

The Room To Grow Preschool

The Room To Grow Preschool offers program that gives great parameters to children for personal choice and discovery. The order of the day is predictable and reassuring for the newcomer as well as the child who has been with us for some time. They believe that by playing and socializing with a group of peers while under the guidance of trained teachers, children maximize their growth experiences and develop the skills necessary to be successful.These skills include knowing how to resolve conflicts in verbal, rather than physical ways, how to approach another child in a positive, altruistic manner for collaboration, resourcing and just plain fun. They also encouraged children to participate in a variety of thoughtful explorations and projects to gain confidence in their ideas and competence in different areas of development.

Hummingbird Preschool

Hummingbird Preschool, a Waldorf inspired school in San Francisco. The atmosphere is simple and intimate with daily activities worthy of our children's unquestioning imitation and plenty of creative free-play.

Hummingbird Preschool welcomes children 3 years and older. Their program meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Aftercare is available Monday through Thursday 1-5pm and on Fridays 1-3pm . Hummingbird is exactly where you want your child when you can't be with them... it's sweet, loving and full of magic!  The children bake fresh bread and make soup with the teachers. They even have fresh eggs from the chickens that live in the garden outside! Outdoors the children freely play with leaves, soil, water and gravel; they explore, find worms and caterpillars; they enjoy the slides and sandbox. Becoming fully engaged in such work builds powers of concentration, imagination and a lifelong love of learning.

Teaching Tots Preschool 

Teaching Tots Preschool is a perfect place for a child to develop and be happy. The staff are caring, loving and provide a wonderful environment for the children. The place is clean and very affordable for the area. Their integrated programs merge traditional and progressive daycare education. Teaching Tots Preschool modules are comprehensively tailored to attend to each daycare age group. This approach gives attention to over-all emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development. Teaching Tots also encourages children to appreciate nature and develop social interaction.

Happy Days Preschool

Happy Days Preschool teaches both English and Cantonese, so you can expect your kids will learn a bit of both. They provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environment that works for their age.  Happy Day Preschool is set up with learning centers that emphasize the developments of social skills, fine-motor skills, literacy skills, math skills, science and artistic expression. 

Children explore each center at their leisure to learn and grow. They accept children from the ages of 2-1/2 years old through 5-3/4 years old. All teachers are certified by the State Licensing Department and are experienced professionals who understand child development and growth.

Looking for more cool stuff to do with your kids? Check out our local Events Page. New activities are being added everyday.  😀 

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