1. When do you recommend submitting a Waitlist Application?

We strongly recommend submitting an application as early as possible to be placed on our waitlist regardless of when you are
planning to send your child to school. The majority of our applicants submit their applications once they are expecting.
Applications are not accepted prior to conception.

Although we accept applications prior to touring our school(s), we still strongly urge all parents of prospective students to visit us
to get an overview of our programs and philosophies, and to have your questions answered. This will help you in your decision
making process whether SOMACC is a good fit in meeting the needs of your child and your family.

2. I would like to apply for my two children. Can I just use one application form?

No. A separate application form and a $75.00 non-refundable application fee are required for each individual child.

3. How will I know if you received our application?

An email confirmation will be sent to the parents to confirm receipt of the application form and fee, and if applicable, to notify you if your application is incomplete.

An application is incomplete if it is not fully and accurately filled out, if the handwriting is illegible, and/or if it is not accompanied
by a valid check/not fully paid with the $75.00 non-refundable application fee.

For complete applications, your application date will also be stated in the email confirmation.

If you submitted an application and have not received a confirmation email, please contact Joy Wi at joy@somacc.org.

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

4. What is an application date?

The application date is the date when we physically received and date-stamped your completed application form with fee. It is one of the significant factors that is considered to determine your enrollment precedence.

Incomplete applications will not be given an application date until all requirements are submitted or illegible information are clarified.

5. Is my child guaranteed a spot once he/she is on your waitlist?

Given the tremendous interest in SOMACC's schools as evident on our significantly long waitlist, being on the waitlist DOES NOT guarantee enrollment in our programs, but it certainly increases your chances when an opening becomes available. We unfortunately cannot predict an applicant’s chances for admission since our classes have unique needs each year. Moreover, everyone who is considered for enrollment has to go through the Dialogue and School Visit process to give the parents and SOMACC staff an opportunity to learn more about each other and to help determine if there is a good match between the school, the child and the family.

We are aware of the shortage of early care and education spaces in the community and of the frequent long wait periods to gain access
to service, so we advise you to tour and apply to multiple schools to give yourself options.

6. Is preference given to certain families?

Yes. Priority enrollment consideration is given to:

  1. Children from low-income families and/or at risk for abuse, neglect, and those who have experienced periods of        homelessness or lived in shelters. The families are obtained from the San Francisco Care Connection (SF3C)
     waiting list, a county-wide centralized child care subsidy database. Meeting the eligibility requirements is required.  
  2. Siblings of current SOMACC students.
  3. Children whose parent(s) work for CB1, CB2, CB3 businesses within the Yerba Buena Gardens project area
    (for YBG CDC waitlist only). Proof of employment is required. 

A priority family is also not guaranteed enrollment and will only be offered a slot if they are eligible for the classroom opening
and if both SOMACC and the family are a good fit for each other.

7. How long is the waitlist?

The length of the waitlist varies, but it is generally longer for children 0-2 years. SOMACC has a small Infant and Toddler Program with only nine infants and 12-13 toddlers enrolled at a time.

Moreover, some of our infant and toddler slots go to the state subsidized enrollment. This means that our Infant and Toddler Program
is even much smaller for private enrollment than our licensed and enrollment capacity of nine infants and 12 toddlers.

The number of applicants waitlisted in each program changes frequently as a result of continuous submission of new applications
(an average of 2-3 per week) and old applications rolling over as children age that would qualify them for the next program.

8. How long is the wait time?

It is impossible for us to predict how quickly our waitlist will progress. Therefore, we cannot give specific information on the wait time, an applicant's "place” or “number” on the wait list or the probability of being enrolled. 

Your position on the waitlist and your wait time is affected by our priority applicants/enrollments, applications that rolled over, classroom openings (age-based) and needs, your child’s age, if your child is completely potty-trained or not (for the Preschool Program), and your application date. 

9. When do you enroll new families?

Our schools are open year-round, so we conduct new enrollments whenever an opening becomes available. How often this occurs and in what age group are not predictable. The bulk of new enrollment occurs in the late summer/early fall when the Pre-K children graduate to Kindergarten and all the remaining children move "up" to new rooms, thereby creating opened slots across the board. The number of openings vary each year.   

10. How long will I be on the waitlist? Is there an annual fee for remaining on the waitlist?

You will remain on the waitlist without needing to pay any additional fee until you ask us to remove you, we cannot get a hold of you after numerous attempts, or when your child is already over-aged for our programs. 

You will receive an EMAIL annually with an attached form containing the family information that we have from you. You MUST reply to this email within the given time frame to either reconfirm your interest to remain in the waitlist or to inform us that you are no longer interested. You MUST also update the family form if there have been changes in the information that you provided since you applied and attach it to your email. 

If we do not receive a response from you or we cannot contact you, your child's application will be removed from our waitlist. We can reactivate applications anytime, but your application date will change to the date when you contacted us. 

11. What happens if my child is already over-aged for the program where we initially applied to?

As your child ages while on the waitlist, your application will automatically roll over to the next program where your child qualifies
for by his/her date of birth, but only if you also chose the other programs on your application. Your application date remains the same.

i.e. If you only checked off the Infant Program, your application will be removed once your child turns 18 months. 

12. How do you determine which family to consider for enrollment?

When a space becomes available in a classroom, we look at our waitlist database for the following:

  1. Complete application (If you applied before the birth of your child, you MUST update your application WITHIN A MONTH after giving birth with your child's full name, date of birth and gender Failure to do so will result to your removal from the waitlist.)
  2. Children age-eligible and who would meet the classroom opening needs
  3. Start date preference that closely matches the opening
  4. Application date

The parents/guardians will then be contacted via phone and email, and will be invited for a dialogue and school visit with their child. Once we determine that both the family and SOMACC are a good fit for each other and that we will be able to meet the needs
of the child and the family, an enrollment slot will be offered.

SOMACC maintains an enrollment of at least 60% subsidized and 40% private. 

13. What happens if I fail to respond to the call/email?

It is very important to respond quickly should a notice be received about an open space. If we do not receive a response from you within the given time frame or we cannot contact you, your child’s application will be removed from our waitlist and we will move on to the next eligible applicant on the waitlist. We can reactivate applications anytime, but your application date will change to the date when you contacted us.

It is very important to always keep your contact information up to date with SOMACC. Outdated information or certain changes in your application may affect your eligibility and chances for enrollmenT, AND CAN RESULT TO YOUR REMOVAL FROM THE WAITLIST.

14. What happens if I am not ready to enroll when a space is offered to me? Can I reserve the slot for a later enrollment date?

If you defer an enrollment offer, you may remain on the waitlist.  We cannot, however, reserve a slot for you. We also cannot guarantee that a slot will be available for you at a later time. In order for your application date to stay the same, you MUST respond within the time frame that was given to you. Otherwise, your application date will change to the date when you contacted us.

15. How can I increase the chances of being considered for enrollment?

Flexibility is the key! It is rare to have an opening that exactly matches your ideal start date or your choice of school. When you fill out an application form, check at least two of the programs and/or schools where you are applying for. If you are invited for a dialogue and school visit and/or you receive an enrollment offer, it is best to accept it at that time because there is no guarantee that a spot will be available for you again in the future. 

16. Who should I contact if I have questions about the waitlist or enrollment?

For waitlist and private enrollment, please contact Joy Wi at 415.820.3534 | joy@somacc.org.

For subsidized enrollment, please contact Melinda Soria at 415.820.3500 | melinda@somacc.org