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Our Philosophy

The Stonestown Family YMCA Preschools support children in reaching their full potential. We offer a nurturing, well-supervised environment for your preschool age child (ages 2.9 – 5 years). Our preschools are open year-round and focus on each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Classrooms are lead by teachers with experience in age appropriate practices, curriculum planning, and early childhood education principles. Safety is paramount in our preschools. All staff are required to have on going safety, health and First Aid/CPR training. Using Reggio Emilia inspiration and a play based environment; your child will have the opportunity to explore through science, art, dramatic play, music and movement. Our preschool staff are trained in both Early Childhood Education and in the Youth Development philosophy of the YMCA. We are ready and excited to provide your child with the foundation they need for a successful and engaging social and learning experience!



The Stonestown Family YMCA offers two Preschool locations in our community:

Lutheran Church of Our Savior Preschool (LCOS)

1011 Garfield Street (at Junipero Serra)
San Francisco, CA 94132

St. Francis Preschool

399 San Fernando Way (at Ocean Avenue)
San Francisco, CA 94132

PFA Program

We are proud to participate in San Francisco's First 5 Preschool For All (PFA) program.
Children who meet the following PFA requirements are eligible for a significantly reduced rate for full day enrollment in our older classrooms.

  • 4 years old on or before December 2
  • San Francisco resident
  • Must attend 5 days per week


Our curriculum is based on the interest of the children that we are fortunate to learn side by side with. The combination of Reggio Emilia philosophy inspiration, play based opportunities, and the experience of well-trained staff allows children to learn through their environment every day. Each lesson plan is individually tailored to the interest, curiosity, and developmentally appropriate needs of the children that we work with.

Family Involvement

Families are encouraged to become involved through monthly Parent Advisory Committee meetings, field trips, and classroom participation opportunities! We communicate with our families through daily updates, emails, monthly newsletters and semi-annual parent-teacher conferences.



Ages & Schedules

Full Day enrollments are available for each age of classroom, at both LCOS and St. Francis preschools. 



2.9 - 3.5 years old (must be potty-trained)

Enrollment options

5 full days: Mon. - Fri.




3.9 - 5 years

Enrollment options

5 full days: Mon. - Fri.

Tour & Waitlist

To learn more about our preschool experience, visit us for a tour! You can also add your child(ren)'s name to the 2018-19 waitlist for both or either preschool.

Preschool tours are available on select days and times. Due to unforeseen circumstances, tours may be canceled. Please contact the specific preschool to verify availability before attending a tour.

St. Francis Preschool

Wednesdays and Thursdays
(415) 452-9622

Lutheran Church of Our Savior (LCOS) Preschool

Wednesdays and Fridays
(415) 333-9622