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The Chinatown YMCA is a leading provider of youth development programs in San Francisco Chinatown serving over 650 children daily and 3,650 annually.

Low- and middle-income families face substantial barriers in accessing quality preschool programs for their children. Children on the wait list are at risk of falling behind their preschool graduate counterparts entering kindergarten. First 5 San Francisco’s Strategic Plan states that research indicates students with preschool experience are more likely to be ready for kindergarten.



The number of infants and toddlers ages 0-2 that reside in the targeted area of the community

New preschool facility location will be at 88 Broadway in the 94111 zip code, where there are many licensed and un-licensed home day care providers, but no centers.


The number of preschool children, ages 0-5 that are residing in District 3 and nearby neighborhoods

Enrollment priority will be for children from low-to-moderate income household residing in the affordable housing, 94111 zip code and from the surrounding neighborhoods in District 3.


The number of infants on the SF3 waitlist, there are preschoolers ages 3-5 that are also on the waitlist.

There are currently no licensed infant and toddler child care centers in Chinatown (94108 and 94111).


Chinatown YMCA is proposing a capital project to license 88 Broadway Child Development Center to serve up to 55 children, ages 3 months to 5-year-old. Partnership with developers, John Stewart Company and Bridge Housing on their 88 Broadway affordable housing project as the preschool’s program operator. We are raising the final $350,000 of this 2 Million project for furniture, fixtures, equipment, and start up costs. 7,100 square feet space including indoor and outdoor spaces for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children.



The project will increase classroom efficiency and functionality:

  • Provide fully-furnished state of the art classrooms for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to learn and explore
  • Create two outdoor spaces to climb, run, jump, and play in a nature inspired environment
  • Provide age appropriate furniture, toys, and activity spaces for children to build a foundation of learning together
  • Allow the YMCA to on-board and train staff, and enroll students as we launch this new program in Spring/Summer 2021


Kari Lee

Kari is proud to be a Y leader, notably at the Chinatown branch, serving a rich and thriving community in healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.

Ariel He Berkley
(415) 299-0764

Ariel is the Community Development Director for the Chinatown YMCA.