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Gateway Child Development Center Peninsula

In partnership with the City of South San Francisco and the YMCA of San Francisco, Gateway Child Development Center has been in operation since July 2004 offering early care and education to children ages three months to five years old.  We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are part of Quality Counts! San Mateo showing our commitment to the quality of care and education that we provide. As an accredited site.



Gateway uses the Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire and the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) for children and families to evaluate our program and child developmental progress. Parent Teacher conferences are held twice a year.

Tuition Rates

Monthly Rates: 5 full days per week (Monday-Friday)

The child care fee includes a family membership to the Peninsula Family YMCA. Family membership will start on the child’s first day of official enrollment at Gateway Child Development Center.

  • Infants (Ages 3-24 months): $2,174
  • Toddlers (Ages 2–3 years): $1,827
  • Preschoolers  (Ages 3-5 years): $1,507

Gateway is a full-time program and does not offer part-time care. We accept 3rd party subsidies such as Children’s Council, 4 C’s, DHS, and other programs. Financial Aid may be available for those families who qualify. While the majority of our enrollment is done during the summer months between July and September, we do offer year-round enrollment as space becomes available and pull from those families who have enrolled on our waitlist. 

Current Ratios 

  • Infants (Ages 3-24 months): 1:4
    • Group Size: 8
  • Toddlers (Ages 2–3 years): 1:5
    • Group Size: 10
  • Preschoolers  (Ages 3-5 years): 1:10
    • Group Size: 10

For more information and to get on our waitlist, please call (650) 873-8145 or email Derica Malaca, Administrative Assistant dmalaca@ymcasf.org for more information. There is a $100 Waitlist Application Fee. 

Notes: There is an eligible 5% sibling discount for a 3rd child. Financial Assistance is available to qualified families. Alternative Payment vouchers accepted. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Sample Schedule

Sample Classroom Schedule for Junior Preschool and Preschool Classrooms (Activities are consistent, times vary slightly by age-group to allow for staggered outdoor playtime.) 

8:00 am  Center Opens/ Free Choice Activities 

9:00 am  Morning Snack 

9:30 am  Circle Time 

10:00 am  Small Group/Free Choice 

10:30 am  Outdoor Play 

11:00 am  Small Group Activities/Free Choice 

12:00 pm  Lunch Time 

12:45 pm  Story Time/Hygiene 

1:00 pm  Quiet/Nap Time 

2:30 pm  Snack Time 

3:00 pm  Outdoor Play 

3:30 pm  Circle Time 

3:45 pm  Small Group/Free Choice 

4:30 pm  Story/Library Time 

5:00 pm  Center Closes 


Children in the Infant Suite start off with “on-demand” schedules based on the child’s needs and start to mirror the above schedule as they approach 15 to 18 months old. 

Our Staff

The center is staffed with a caring and experienced workforce. The Child Development Program Director has a degree in Child & Adolescent Development and more than sixteen years in childcare, teaching, supervision and management. The Assistant Director/Curriculum Coordinator has a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with a minimum of three years experience working with children. Each member of the teaching staff, as well as the Director and Assistant Director holds a teaching permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. The staff is selected based on their professionalism, skills, training and ability to work with children. All personnel meet or exceed California’s Community Care licensing educational and experience requirements. A background check and fingerprinting are completed before an individual is eligible to work at the center. We understand that a well-trained, stable staff that cares deeply about children is central to a quality program. The YMCA has a training series to advance the knowledge and development of all levels of staff. Mandatory YMCA training for child care staff includes first aid, CPR and Child Abuse Prevention.