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Find daycares in San Francisco, CA

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Top 10 daycares in San Francisco, CA

Parents agree: these San Francisco daycares are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Mickey Mouse Family Child Care

Mickey Mouse Family Child Care

New on TrustedCare
5+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Mickey Mouse Family Child Care, founded in 2019, is a home-based daycare center in San Francisco. The daycare provides an engaging environment for young children to learn and interact through play. With a focus on gross motor skills, science, reading, arts and crafts, children are offered a variety of age-appropriate activities. The staff, backed by years of teaching experience, values strong interaction with children, nurturing their exploration and creativity for optimal academic preparation.
The Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds

5.0(3)
25+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Grant B. says, "The owner, Adela, is a one of a kind caregiver that has provided care for both of our kids. We loved her energy, compassion and communication, oh and her ability to get our kids to nap. Our kids built amazing relationships with her and the other children at the daycare." Read more
Kids' Dreams Childcare

Kids' Dreams Childcare

New on TrustedCare
17+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Welcome to Kids' Dreams Childcare, where your child's growth and happiness are our top priorities. Kids' Dreams Family Daycare with preschool curriculum is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he/she needs. We are licensed in the state of CA as a home daycare facility and have met or exceeded all health and safety guidelines. Toddler Program (Ages 2-3) Our toddlers are offered a variety of opportunities to explore their world through play. Gross motor skills and social skills are developed through both structured and unstructured play. Their days are filled with music, art, dance, story time
Little Oak Play School

Little Oak Play School

New on TrustedCare
6+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Established in San Francisco, CA, Little Oak Play School is a play-based childcare program that embraces a RIE approach, with a strong emphasis on art and music. The program is designed to foster learning through play and help build confidence in children through focusing on social emotional learning and a balanced and predictable routine. Children learn through cooperative play, art and music, hands-on activities, and open-ended exploration. Little Oak Play School also provides an organic, family-style lunch and morning and afternoon snacks.
The Maria Montessori School Of The Golden Gate

The Maria Montessori School Of The Golden Gate

New on TrustedCare
52+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Founded in 1972, The Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate Co. based in San Francisco, CA, offers a nurturing environment for children from toddler to elementary school age. The school is committed to the Montessori style of education, focusing on the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of each student. Known for cultivating discipline, personal strength, creativity, and a positive self-image, it is recognized as one of the only accredited Montessori schools in the region. Operating hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, with extended care available.
Sunny Daycare

Sunny Daycare

New on TrustedCare
4+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Sunny Daycare, located in El Cerrito, California, offers a safe, comfortable, and kind child care environment. With bilingual (Spanish) caretakers, they provide personalized care for each child, encouraging exploration and learning at their own pace. Sunny Daycare is not only CPR and First Aid Certified, but also has Health & Safety Training Certification. They offer additional services like babysitting on weekends and evenings, organic meals, and assistance with potty training. Trustworthiness is guaranteed as all staff are fingerprinted and have background clearances.
Diana's Family Daycare

Diana's Family Daycare

5.0(4)
21+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Iulia G. says, "Our daughter attended Diana's Family Daycare from 4 months to 2.5 years, when we moved. She was very well-cared for and truly thrived during this time. She was happy to arrive at daycare every morning! Diana and her staff are lovingly devoted to the children's well-being. They supported us with big milestones like starting solids (and then served home-cooked meals) and potty training, and also included a variety of daily activities like art, singing, and exploring multiple parks in the area, visiting the aquarium and Exploratorium, all in a bilingual English and Spanish environment. Diana is easily reachable throughout the day and sends photo updates periodically. We highly recommend Diana's Family Daycare!" Read more
Live Love Laugh Daycare

Live Love Laugh Daycare

New on TrustedCare
6+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Live Love Laugh Daycare, located in the heart of San Francisco, offers an exceptional, intimate in-home daycare experience. The daycare's program, nestled between Fulton and Cabrillo in Central Richmond, offers two age-specific curriculums aimed at promoting emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development. Children are engaged through a variety of activities such as yoga, music, stories, and games. With a maximum capacity of 8 children, each child receives personalized attention ensuring their individual needs are met.
Panda Children’s Center

Panda Children’s Center

New on TrustedCare
4+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Panda Children's Center, located in San Francisco and Daly City, California, specializes in high-quality childcare and early learning programs for children aged 3 months to 5 years. The center emphasizes Mandarin learning, martial arts training, and the enrichment of social skills, such as self-confidence. Creative activities like arts and crafts are woven into the curriculum to foster self-expression and imagination. Panda Children's Center also takes pride in instilling a love for Chinese cultural elements in its students.
Little School

Little School

New on TrustedCare
40+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
The Little School, founded in 1984, is an inclusive and relationship-focused preschool located in San Francisco, California, and serves the surrounding areas. This institution is recognized for its individualized teaching approach and commitment to inclusivity. The Little School offers an extended day program and summer camp, accommodating up to 110 students including those with special needs. In addition, it offers a Transitional Kindergarten program where children engage in an in-depth study of art, music, dance, theater, and literature.

Your Daycare questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on TrustedCare.

How much does daycare cost?

Daycare costs depend on the child’s age group, the type of daycare, and where you live. Infant daycare is typically the most expensive, ranging from $650 to $1,500 per month. Infant daycare requires higher ratios of caregivers to children, which increases costs. Babies require more individualized attention, including diaper changes, feedings, and naps. As the child ages and becomes more independent, this ratio decreases along with daycare costs.

Traditional daycare centers tend to charge higher rates than home-based family daycare centers or co-ops. However, they usually have lower child-to-caregiver ratios, offer a wider range of amenities and activities, and have stricter qualifications for staff. Church-based, YMCA, or other non-profit child care centers offer lower rates, while home-based daycare is typically the cheapest option due to the low overhead costs.

In urban areas with a higher cost of living, daycare costs tend to be higher to cover the cost of higher rent and teacher salaries. Suburban and rural daycare centers have lower overhead costs, which often translates to more affordable daycare.

Is daycare tax deductible?

No, you cannot directly deduct daycare expenses on your federal tax return. However, if you qualify, there's a tax credit designed to assist with daycare costs, known as the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

The Child and Dependent Care Credit enables you to claim a percentage of your eligible childcare expenses. It ranges from 20% to 35% of allowable expenses, capping at $3,000 for one qualifying child and $6,000 for two or more qualifying children (applicable to the 2023 tax year). Consult a qualified tax professional to confirm if your eligibility.

Can a daycare charge you when they are closed?

Some daycares may charge a reduced fee or no fee at all during certain closures, while others may maintain regular charges. The terms in your daycare contract or agreement should outline whether or not you are charged when they are closed. It's common for daycares to have specific policies regarding fees during closures, such as holidays or other scheduled breaks.

If you're unsure, reach out to the daycare directly to clarify their billing practices during closures.

How do I look up daycare violations?

To look up daycare violations, start by contacting your state’s licensing agency for childcare facilities. You can usually find this information through your state’s Department of Health and Human Services online database.

Another option is to reach out to community resources such as local parenting groups, forums, or social media groups. Other parents may share their experiences or provide information about daycare violations in your area. Finally, consider a visit the daycare center directly and ask for information about any past violations. Daycare centers are often required to make this information accessible to parents.

How do I choose a daycare?

When picking a daycare, trust your instincts and choose a daycare that aligns with your child's needs, your values, and provides a safe and nurturing environment for their development. Follow these additional suggestions to find the best fit for you and your child:

  • Get recommendations from other parents, friends, and pediatricians to start your search.
  • Visit in person to make sure the spaces are clean, safe, and friendly.
  • Ask about caregiver qualifications, such as CPR training, early childhood education background, and experience with children of a similar age.
  • Understand the daycare's approach to early education, discipline, feeding, and soothing methods.
  • Choose a daycare that is licensed and accredited to meet government-set health and safety standards.
  • Check if parents are encouraged to participate in the program and if there are opportunities for parental engagement.
  • Contact current and former clients for feedback on their experiences with the daycare.
  • Consider making unannounced visits to get a true sense of the daycare's daily operations
  • Look for a daycare with a suitable curriculum, flexible schedules, and activities that fit your preferences.
  • Visit the daycare with your child and see how they react to the space, teachers, and other children.
  • Secure a spot on the waiting list as early as possible, especially for sought-after infant programs.

What questions should I ask when evaluating potential daycare centers?

Gather as much information as you can to find the daycare that best fits your family’s needs. Be prepared with a list of questions when visiting daycares, including:

  • Is your daycare licensed and accredited to meet safety standards?
  • Are teachers credentialed and trained in CPR/First Aid?
  • What are the class sizes and student-teacher ratios for each age group?
  • What are the daycare's hours of operation and rates?
  • How does the daycare handle discipline?
  • Will the daycare assist with potty training?
  • How much time do children spend in free-play and outdoors?
  • Are meals and snacks provided by the daycare?
  • How are food allergies handled by the daycare?
  • What enrichment programs and activities are available?

Reviews for San Francisco daycares

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Vanessa D.
Our two children went to The Hummingbirds from 18 months to three years and had the most wonderful experience. Adela is wonderful with the kids, an excellent communicator and keeps a very safe space for children to develop. Our kids were loved and well prepared for the next stage of their care in preschool. Couldn’t recommend Adela and The Hummingbirds more.
The Hummingbirds
Anastasia C.
It’ll be 3 years as we started at Diana’s daycare with our oldest daughter and when our younger daughter was turning 4 months, we wanted to make sure Diana had a spot for us. Diana and her family have been nothing but wonderful. We trust them like our own family and both of our girls love them so much. I wouldn’t wish for better caretakers for our girls and appreciate them so much.
Diana's Family Daycare
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