Here is a list of resources on San Francisco preschools. Also, be sure to check the Resources page for additional information that might be helpful.
Parents Place – Choosing a Preschool. To find class dates and register, visit www.parentsplace.com or call 415.359.2454.
Day One - Finding a Preschool in San Francisco. Find class dates at www.dayonecenter.com or call 415.440.DAY1. There are also locations in Palo Alto and Walnut Creek.
Recess Urban Recreation - Choosing and Getting Into Preschool in San Francisco. To find the next date, go to http://www.recessurbanrecreation.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.701.7529.
Preschools by the Bay by Irene Byrne (2010). Directory of private and public preschools including contact information, philosophy, potty training requirement, etc. Available at Day One.
San Francisco Preschool Directory – Comprehensive list of San Francisco preschools (as a downloadable pdf) collected by Parents Place.
(And of course, don’t forget the must-have book: How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child!)
San Francisco Preschool Websites
www.Yelp.com/c/sf/preschools - It’s not just for restaurants! Yelp also has user reviews of many San Francisco preschools.
http://first5sf.org – List of San Francisco preschools in the Preschool for All (PFA) program, which provides free half-day preschool for all 4-year-olds who’d like to attend, regardless of income.
Per the main Resources page, there’s also savvysource.com, greatschools.org, and Google Maps and Yahoo Maps.
Other San Francisco Preschool Resources
San Francisco Children’s Council
. For San Francisco child care and preschool referrals, call them at (415) 343-3300. Info is also provided in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Tagalog. Locations: 445 Church St. (17th St, Castro/Mission), (415) 276-2900, and 1319 Evans Street (Bayview-Hunters Point), (415) 920-7280.
San Francisco Preschool Alternative Classes
Here are some great programs for preschool-age kids that provide a setting very similar to nursery school.
Peekadoodle - preschool prep for 2′s, 3′s and 4′s. Morning & afternoon programs. www.peekadoodlekidsclub.com.
Stretch the Imagination – preschool alternative program for ages 2.9+
Articles / Blogs
New York Times – In Gettys’ Exclusive Preschool, It’s Tough to Fly from Gilded Cage (3/12/11)
SFGate.com – The Great Admissions Race (2003)
The SF K Files Blog – A must-read for parents applying to kindergarten, also filled with helpful information on preschool
San Francisco Magazine – A Post from the Post-Private School City (1/09)
Palo Alto Online’s The Preschool Puzzle (11/28/08)
San Francisco Magazine – Schools Gone Wild (2007)
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