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At the Y, we recognize the importance of each step in a child's learning experiences. Our programs encourage physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. We believe in focusing on each child individually and tailor our curriculum accordingly. The Mission YMCA preschool has been operating since 1977 and became a licensed early childhood education site in 1995.

Our Philosophy 

We believe in the importance of developing a relationship with nature and we offer a variety of gardening activities like planting seasonal vegetables and flowers, studying bugs and insects and others gardening related activities.

At our Mission YMCA Preschool location, we have an expansive outdoor garden and playground area. We grow kale, apples, plums, lemons, peas, and many other seasonal vegetables. Youth learn about the life cycle of plants and plant their own seedlings. Our newest location, Alice Chalmers Preschool, is in collaboration with San Francisco Recreation and Park. It recently underwent renovations in 2020 and opened in July 2020. 


Our goal for every child is to lay the foundation of a healthy body and mind. We prepare each student for Kindergarten with age appropriate materials and activities and conduct parent and teacher conferences. We our part of the OECE Office of Early Care networks of high quality funded providers and the QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System), our preschool program is at a tier 4 out 5 and we continue to work to maintain the quality program standards. As part of the OECE high quality preschool programs, we also continually assess by the CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) and ECERS (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale) to maintain high program quality through our classroom environment and teacher-child interactions as well aged appropriate curriculum. 


Monthly Rates: 5 Full Days Per Week (Monday-Friday)

Ages: 2-5
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Facility Members: $1,488/month
Please Note: Must have an active Facility Membership upon registering and throughout program enrollment. If you cancel your Facility Membership during your program enrollment periods, you will be charged the Community Member monthly rate.

Community Members: $1,786/month


Preschool For All Program, 5 Days (Monday-Friday, September-August)

Facility Members: $1,118/month 
Please Note: Must have an active Facility Membership upon registering and throughout program enrollment. If you cancel your Facility Membership during your program enrollment periods, you will be charged the Community Member monthly rate.

Community Members: $1,416/month


We accept Children's Council vouchers, Wu Yee Vouchers, ELS Vouchers and offer PFA (Preschool for All) to qualifying families of 4 years old. Monthly tuition is due 10 days before the 1st of the month. Automatic draft is REQUIRED.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The YMCA of San Francisco’s Membership and Programs are open to ALL. Financial assistance, to the extent possible, is made available through the generosity of donors (1st come, 1st served). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. We have Spanish, English, and Arabic speaking staff on-site.


Requirements for Enrollment

All children must be:

  • a minimum of 2 years old
  • potty trained


Mission YMCA Preschool

4080 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112


Alice Chalmers Preschool

670 Brunswick Street
San Francisco, CA 94112


Current Covid-Ratios

Mission YMCA Preschool:

  • Koala Room (Ages: 2-3): 1:10 Children
  • Monkey Room (Ages: 3.5-4): 1: 5 Children
  • Butterfly Room (Ages: 3.9-5): 1:12 Children


Alice Chalmers Preschool:

  • Panda Bear Room (Ages: 2-3.5): 1:12 Children
  • Grizzly Bear Room (Ages: 3.5-5): 1:12 Children


Note:  We are following San Francisco Ordinance, the group sizes may change or vary by site and classroom size.

Sample Schedule

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

8:00 am  Arrival, Wash Hands, Change to Indoor Shoes, and Breakfast

9:15 am  Clean Up/Prepare for Outdoor Time

9:30 am  Circle Time

10:30 am  Change Shoes and Wash Hands

10:45 am  Reading Time/Circle Time

11:00 am  Small Group Activity/Center Time

11:45 am  Clean up/ Nap Preparation

12:00 pm  Lunch Time 

1:00 pm  Nap Time

3:00 pm  Put Away Cots/ Snack Time

3:30 pm  Quiet Activity/Spanish Circle Time

4:00 pm Table Activities/Clean Up Time and Dismissal

5:00 pm  Center Closes


Due to the safety of our staff and children, tours have been canceled. Please get in touch with Katia Alvarez at KAlvarez@ymcasf.org for more information.