General Resources

Saavy Source

Saavy Source is a nationwide site that offers listings and information on preschools as well as camps and other activities. 

Children's Council of San Francisco

This organization provides childcare referrals and workshops to help parents navigate the process of finding care.  They have a comprehensive website with an online child care finder (which also pulls up preschools) and also provide information on afterschool programs and summer camps. 

California Child Care Resource and Referral Network

For those of you seeking care outside of San Francisco county, this site can help you locate the childcare resource and referral agency for your county.


Nurturelist is a free website that lists daycares and preschools.  You can search by proximity to a particular address and other criteria.  You can also create an account and save notes about various options.  The site owner is supposedly not maintaining the site anymore, but it has some great listings!


This newly launched site lists daycares and preschools in San Francisco as well as some information on parks & playgrounds, activities for kids, and family restaurants.  Check out this informative Preschool 101 article / presentation with tips for a San Francisco search!

Preschools by the Bay - Irene Byrne, MA

This book written by the director of the Phoebe Hearst Preschool gives tips for navigating the preschool search process in San Francisco & Marin counties and also contains listings for a number of schools in those counties. 

Preschool Preview Night by Parents Place

Every year in the Fall, Parents Place hosts a preschool preview night fair in the Golden Gate Park Hall of Flowers.  This page explains a little bit about the event and also gives some general tips for starting your preschool search.  Look online for the upcoming Fall date as it gets closer to August / September!

How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child - Jenifer Wana

I really found this book helpful as I was going through the preschool search.  She walks through how to get organized, various factors to consider as you consider various programs, and how to manage the process to give your child the best chance of being admitted.  She didn't write the book specifically for the Bay Area, but I recommend it as a valuable resource to check out!

Recommended Preschools

Congregation Beth Sholom Preschool
Director: Fern Eisenberg (415) 221.8030
301 14th Ave. (between Geary and Clement)
USF employee(s) that have/had children attend:  Carol Spector

Robin's Nest Preschool
USF employee(s) that have/had children attend: Amy Fogliani

Stepping Stones Preschool
USF employee(s) that have/had children attend: Barbara Zunder

Pacific Primary Preschool
USF employee(s) that have/had children attend: Saera Khan

Children's Cottage Cooperative
2900 Larkspur Landing Dr
Larkspur, CA
USF employee that have/had children attend: Elsa Evans

Les Petits Canards
Fabienne Saurel-Cameron
2521 McAllister Street (between Parker and Stanyan)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8624
12 pre-schoolers, 1 teacher with 2 part time teachers
Cost Per Month: $1650 for Full-time, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tax ID for Childcare re-imbursement Accounts: Yes
French immersion environment. Need not speak French to apply.
Potty training provided (!!)
Yelp Review »
USF Employees who have/had children attend: Charlene Lobo Soriano