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Gateway Child Development Center Peninsula

Being a part of the Peninsula YMCA Gateway Child Development Center is a great opportunity for children to feel emotionally and physically safe in their environment and to reach their highest potential. Children in our program will experience environments that encourage growth in social, language, cognitive and physical areas. Our center offers family memberships at the Peninsula Family YMCA, Lifetouch photo 3 times a year, web-cam accessibility, kindergarten prep, parent's night out, family activities, opportunities for volunteering, optional hot lunch, daily snacks, educational visits from community leaders, parent/teacher conferences, a large outdoor play area, and a portfolio of your child's work. We are now offering Summer Enrichment programming: Music for infants, toddlers and preschool, Pee Wee Soccer for toddlers and preschool and Zumbatonics for toddlers and preschool.

Languages other than English spoken in the center include Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Spanish and Portuguese.


Mission Statement

The mission of Gateway Child Care Center is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment that enriches the development of the whole child and helps to provide a foundation for the entire family.


We are dedicated to providing high quality professional care to infants, toddlers and preschool children in YMCA programs. Creating the strong emotional bonds between the child, families and other children is the primary focus. Children need to feel emotionally and physically safe in their environment to reach their highest potential. We understand that children develop at different rates and incorporate that belief into every aspect of the program. We provide opportunities for children to engage in developmentally appropriate activities that focus on learning.

Program Goals

  • To meet the developmental needs of the child while encouraging creativity, self-esteem and self-expression
  • To promote social, emotional and cognitive growth
  • To provide a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere where self-esteem, independence, decision making and self-control are supported
  • To provide clear, easily understood expectations and boundaries for the children
  • To provide a wide variety of age appropriate activities in a predictable, routine schedule
  • To encourage cooperation and growth of interpersonal relationships and trust
  • To provide an opportunity to appreciate all aspects of diversity in other families and other children in the center

Our Values

Gateway Child Care Center incorporates hand-on learning experiences that teach the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self guided curriculum. We are developing leaders of the future who will display strong character as well as curious minds and healthy bodies.

It is the role of the YMCA staff to guide and teach children with love, respect and creativity. Caring is focused on teaching the ability to show compassion, forgiveness, generosity and kindness. Honesty is shown by speaking the truth and encouraging the children to behave with integrity and fairness. We foster respect by understanding and acceptance of other people and beliefs. We work to help children learn about responsibility, and understand their choices.


Gateway Child Care Center meets or exceeds all rules and regulations mandated by California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. We follow YMCA of the USA guidelines for quality. These guidelines go above and beyond what is regulated by Licensing and include curriculum, staffing, facility and quality measures. We are accredited by The National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation means the Center operates at the highest level of quality and is nationally recognized. Only the top five percent of centers in the nation are NAEYC accredited.

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.


We follow a policy of nondiscrimination and accords equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, veteran status, mental or physical disability, age or any other condition protected by law. We accept children with physical or emotional disabilities and make accommodations, whenever possible, to meet their individual needs. Gateway Child Care Center does not practice any religious instruction or worship.

Health Policies & Procedures

At Gateway Child Development Program, we ensure children’s health and safety comes first. Teachers and center staff conduct daily safety checks of both indoor and outdoor play areas for children. We conduct monthly fire drills and earthquake drills every other month. Staff are certified in CPR and First Aid, trained on how to handle Blood Borne Pathogens, Child Abuse Prevention, proper medication administration and emergency procedures annually. Toys, surfaces and children’s environment are disinfected daily and as needed. Adults and children wash their hands throughout the day; infants’ bedding is washed daily, and toddler's and preschooler's bedding are sent home to be washed weekly(and as needed). 

Additionally, although not a full list of our health and safety protocols, our staff adheres to health and policy procedures as a precaution in preventing the spread of communicable diseases or illnesses, such as daily health inspections, immunization requirements, general policies about ill children, criteria for keeping a sick child home, and sending a sick child home/re-admittance to child care, and medications.

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): $2,031
  • Toddlers (Ages 2–3 years): $1,708
  • Preschoolers  (Ages 3-5 years): $1,342


Daily Drop-In Care Rates: Per Day (Monday-Friday)

Please check with Gateway administrative staff to see if we have available space for your requested drop-in days.

  • Less than 10 days (1-9 days): $101 per day
  • More than 10 days (10+ days):
    • Infants (Ages 3-24 months): $93 per day
    • Toddlers (Ages 2–3 years): $83 per day
    • Preschoolers  (Ages 3-5 years): $68 per day

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.


Sheriann Chaw

Sheriann’s greatest passion is working with the children, families and teachers in creating individualized programs for children to build a solid foundation for lifelong development. In her free time, she and her husband can be found cheering on their two daughters at their soccer games, karate tournaments, and piano recitals.