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. Click here for tour availability.

2. Complete an Application

For Private Applicants:

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.

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 More Information:

If you have questions about private enrollment,
please contact: Joy Wi, Development & Admissions Manager

Private Waitlist Application Form:


For Subsidized Applicants:

If you think you qualify as low-income, visit Early Learning SF’s website to find out if you are eligible and to match you to early care and education programs that fit your needs.

Early Learning SF replaced the San Francisco Child Care Connections (SF3C) system.

  1. Go to EarlyLearningSF.org and enter your family income. If you qualify, you’ll receive a text or email with how to log in.

  2. Log in, and you will be asked a few more questions about your family and the kind of early care and education program you’re looking for.

  3. If programs are available, Early Learning SF will send you an email or text with suggestions for ones that match your needs. You can read about each program online.

  4. Communicate with early care and education programs through Early Learning SF (415.355.3670) to determine if you’d like to enroll your child.

For More Information:

If you have questions and prefer to talk to someone in person, you can contact the following organizations working to help families find quality early care and education:

  • Wu Yee Children’s Services: 1.844.644.4300
    (multi-lingual staff available)

  • Children’s Council of SF: 415.343.3300
    (multi-lingual staff available)

  • Compass Family Services: 415.644.0504 
    (for homeless families only)

If you would like to talk to someone from SOMACC, please contact: Melinda Soria, Business Manager

Early Learning SF Flyer:

English                  Chinese                Spanish

3. School Visit and Dialogue

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 school visit and dialogue. 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 (including siblings of currently enrolled SOMACC students). The deposit will be credited towards the child’s last month’s tuition provided SOMACC is given 30 days advance written notice of withdrawal prior to the last day of attendance. The first month’s tuition is due no later than the child’s start date and will be prorated, if applicable.

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.