1. Schedule a Tour

Schedule a tour and get to know our agency, South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC), and our schools, the Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center (YBG CDC) and the Judith Baker Child Development Center (JB CDC).

“Seeing is believing” – that is why we strongly urge all parents/guardians of prospective students to join one of our tours before completing an application. We would like you to have as much information as possible and ensure a good match for your child and family before you choose our school(s) for your child.

During your visit, you will gain a better understanding of our agency, programs, philosophies, and other services; walk through our environments; observe the children and our amazing and dedicated staff in action; and have your questions answered.

We offer tours regularly throughout the year. Infant and Toddler Program Tours are only offered at YBG CDC. Preschool Program Tours are offered at YBG CDC and JB CDC.

Reservations are a must as space is limited and spots fill up fast. You can either check here for any available tours or you can contact        Joy Wi at joy@somacc.org

2. Complete an Application

Due to the high demand for high quality and full-time early care and education services in San Francisco, both YBG CDC and JB CDC are always at full enrollment capacity, thus needing to maintain a centralized waiting list of families interested to enroll in our schools.

For Private Applicants:

Waitlist applications are accepted throughout the year. Submission of the completed application form, with a $75.00 non-refundable fee, places your child in our waitlist.

  • Application forms can be picked up in person at SOMACC's main site (790 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107) or downloaded here.

  • You may submit your application form and fee in person at
    790 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. We DO NOT accept applications at our Judith Baker CDC site on 685 Natoma Street.

  • You may also submit through postal mail.

    South of Market Child Care, Inc.
    Attention: SOMACC Admissions
    790 Folsom Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107

  • The application fee may be paid by cash or check (payable to SOMACC).

Please note:

  • We only offer full-time slots.

  • Being on SOMACC’s waitlist does not guarantee enrollment in our programs. We also cannot guarantee that your requested start date will be granted.

  • All applications and fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

  • Please keep your contact information up to date with SOMACC. Certain changes may affect your eligibility and you may lose a potential spot if we are unable to contact you. This can also result to your removal from the waitlist.

For Subsidized Applicants:

For families who think they qualify as low-income, you can visit the San     Francisco Child Care Connection (SF3C) website at www.sfcel.org to apply for the Child Care Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted through the following:

  • Online

  • Phone: 415.343.3300 or 415.391.4956

  • Mail or In-person:
    Children’s Council of San Francisco - 445 Church St.
    Wu Yee Children’s Services - 888 Clay St. Lower Level
    Any participating SF3C agency.

            Download SF3C application here. 


For Private Applicants


For Subsidized Applicants (SF3C)


For more information about private enrollment, please contact:

Joy Wi, Development & Admissions Manager
Phone: 415.820.3534
Email: joy@somacc.org

For more information about subsidized enrollment, please contact:

Melinda Soria, Business Manager
Phone: 415.820.3500
Email: melinda@somacc.org

3. Dialogue and School Visit

SOMACC values the partnership between school and home, and therefore recognizes the importance of getting to know the parents, as well as the child and the rest of the family during the admissions process.

To that end, when an opening becomes available, we look at the existing classroom needs and match them with the families on the waitlist. The eligible family is contacted via phone and/or email, and the parents/guardians and the child are invited for a dialogue and school visit. The child MUST be present during this process. 

Having the child join his/her parents in visiting our school can ease the entrance into unfamiliar territory if s/he gets admitted. It will  offer the opportunity for him/her to see and explore the school environment, meet the teachers and other children, participate in class activities, and/or simply play and use our materials. This affords us the chance to get to know him/her in a relaxed, nurturing, fun, yet structured environment. Through the dialogue, the parents and SOMACC staff will have the chance to learn more about each other and the program to help determine if there is a good match between the school, the child and the family. 

4. Admissions Notification

A review of your application is made and a notification of SOMACC’s acceptance decision is then relayed via phone and/or email generally within a few days after the completion of the dialogue and school visit. You may also be notified and offered enrollment on the spot during your visit. 

* SOMACC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, medical condition or disability in its admissions decisions.

5. Enrollment Acceptance

When a family accepts an enrollment offer, a signed Enrollment Contract and a non-refundable deposit equivalent to 50% of the monthly tuition fee (see tuition schedule) are required to secure the child’s place at the school. Siblings of currently enrolled SOMACC students are required to make a non-refundable deposit equal to 25% of the monthly tuition fee. The deposit will be prorated and credited towards the first month’s tuition and the remaining balance (if there is any) is due no later than the child’s start date.

Once the Enrollment Contract is signed and the deposit is received, an Enrollment Packet containing contracts, emergency forms, health history forms, and other documents required for attendance in our school is provided to be completed and returned on or before the day of the Orientation Meeting.

Two of the required documents are the Physician’s Report to be filled out by the child's doctor and a copy of the child’s immunization record verifying that vaccinations are up-to-date in accordance with California state law. There are also other forms that will require the signature of the child's physician. Make an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible, if necessary.

An Orientation Meeting is set up between the parents/guardians, teachers, and site manager. The child’s transition schedule and official first day of school are scheduled, as well.

5. Orientation Meeting

Before the child's transition period, a mandatory Orientation Meeting for parents is held so that we can share information that will help the family and the child not only get off to a good start but have a positive experience while enrolled at SOMACC. 

At the meeting:

  • Submit ALL required enrollment forms and paperwork. Failure to complete and submit the materials on time may jeopardize the child's admission to SOMACC.

  • If the child has been evaluated for any condition and/or is currently receiving therapy of any kind, provide a copy of records or documents of evaluation/services so we can better assess the best placement for him/her and create a plan to support and meet his/her individual needs.

  • Review the SOMACC Parent Handbook which includes the Agency's policies, practices and procedures.

  • Discuss SOMACC's services and the family's Service Contract.

  • Review the policies, curriculum, routines, calendar, etc. of the class the child is enrolled in.

  • Finalize the child's transition plan.

  • Discuss any concerns or issues.

Priority enrollment consideration is given to certain families.

To obtain more information about SOMACC’s waitlist,
please read our
Waitlist FAQs.