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Welcome!

Our YMCA Child Development Centers are dedicated to providing high quality professional care to toddlers and preschool children. 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.

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.

 

Quality

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. 

Our Staff

The center is staffed with a caring and experienced workforce.

  • Our Child Development Program Directors have a degree in Child & Adolescent Development and with multiple years of experience in childcare, teaching, supervision and management.
  • Our 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. Our team members are 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.

Tuition Rates

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

 

Community Participants: Full-Fee Tuition Rates

$1,786 - Preschool, non-Preschool For All Program (2-5 years old)

YMCA Facility Members: Tuition Rate 
(Must have an active facility membership throughout program enrollment)

$1,488 - Preschool, non-Preschool For All Program (2-5 years old)

Please Note: Parent/Guardian must have an active Facility Membership upon registering and throughout program enrollment. If you cancel your YMCA Facility Membership during your program enrollment periods, you will be charged the Community Member monthly rate.

 

Preschool For All Program, 5 Days Per Week (Monday-Friday)

The Preschool For All program rus through September-August, families must be a San Francisco resident to qualify.

 

Community Participants: PFA Discount

$1,416 - Preschool (3.9-5 years old)

 

YMCA Facility Members: PFA Discount

$1,118 - Preschool (3.9-5 years old)

Please Note: Parents/Guardians must have an active Facility YMCA 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.

 

Preschool For All Eligibility

Preschool For All subsidy and MRA Scholarships DEPENDS ON FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND IS NOT GUARANTEED EACH SCHOOL YEAR. To quality for PFA discount, child must be a San Francisco resident, and must turn 4 years old on or before December 2 of the year enrolled regardless of family income.

For more information regarding discounts and scholarships, please contact us at (415) 452-7566 or by email at KAlvarez@ymcasf.org.

 

Tuition Rate with Discounts

20% Sibling discount will be applies to the lowest tuition rate. 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.

 

Scholarships & Alternative Payments
We accept third party vouchers (Alternative Payments from Wu Yee, Children's Council, DHSS, etc.). Child Care Scholarships (MRA funding) may be available for income eligible families.

 

Billing

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 on a first come, first served basis. 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

Locations

Mission YMCA Preschool

4080 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

 

Current 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

670 Brunswick Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

 

Current Ratios

Alice Chalmers Preschool

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

Waitlist Application

We are currently accepting waitlist applications, click below to get started.

WAITLIST APPLICATION

Questions? Please email kalvarez@ymcasf.org for more information.

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

Note: Schedule subject to change.

Tours

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

Work At the YMCA

Bring Your Passion To Our Mission!

Our mission is to strengthen community. Join our team and make an impact on the lives of people in your community. 

 

Preschool Teachers & Preschool Assistant Teachers

Qualified preschool teachers and preschool assistant teachers (work on your credential!) needed at several locations. The teachers are part of a team which provides a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for all children enrolled in our program.

Preschool Teachers Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 21 years old.
  • Must be available Monday through Friday during program hours.
  • Must be qualified for Teacher Permit (12 ECE core, plus 16 GE).
  • 350+ days of 3+ hours per day within 4 years.

Preschool Assistant Teachers Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Assistant Teacher Permit or higher.
  • 350+ days of 3+ hours per day within 4 years.
  • Available on-call Monday-Friday as needed.

SEE AVAILABLE POSITIONS