Best San Francisco Daycare

How to find child care that's more than daycare

Are you trying to find the best San Francisco daycare for your child? It’s not an easy search — and it’s a big decision. Read on for important considerations to make as you look at different centers and how to choose a daycare that works for your family.

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What to Look for When Choosing the Best San Francisco Daycare

Whether you’re looking for San Francisco baby care or preschool and pre-k, you need a daycare that offers a well-thought-out curriculum and can meet the unique needs of children of all ages. Here are some specific things to look for before making a daycare decision.

Licensing and Accreditation

The best San Francisco daycares are licensed and accredited. Every state has its own requirements for licensing, but only the best child care centers go through the accreditation process — something that’s done by national accrediting associations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accreditation goes much further than state licensing, assessing the daycare center’s curriculum, environment, health and safety, family partnerships, and more. 


The best San Francisco daycares offer safe environments for children of all ages — children should be in classrooms based on their age group and should have access to age-appropriate materials. Many daycares also have enrichment spaces, such as an art studio, movement zone, area(s) devoted to STEM, natural playgrounds, and more. 

Caregiver Ratios

The best San Francisco daycares follow state requirements for caregiver-to-child ratios in order to give children the attention and one-on-one time they need throughout the day. Plus, these ratios are designed to ensure each child’s safety.  

The Best San Francisco Daycare: Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons has over 30 years of experience providing the best early education for families nationwide. Our San Francisco daycare centers will help your child develop a love for learning, keep them safe, give you peace of mind, and prepare them for all the big steps ahead. If you’re looking for the best San Francisco daycare, find a Bright Horizons center near you. We have locations in Downtown San Francisco including Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Embarcadero, Financial District, Union Square, Central Market, SOMA/Yerba Buena, and Castro/Noe Valley; in the East Bay cities of San Ramon, Dublin, and Alameda; on the peninsula in San Mateo; in the Silicon Valley cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino; and throughout Marin County. 



With convenient San Francisco area locations, we're never far from your home or workplace.


What is the best infant daycare in San Francisco?

Bright Horizons offers some of the best infant daycares in San Francisco — we have a welcoming, sensory-rich environment designed for babies, nurturing teachers, flexibility for parents, daily updates on your little one’s day, support for exciting developmental milestones, and more.

How much does daycare cost in San Francisco?

The cost of daycare in San Francisco varies by neighborhood. Tuition also depends on your child(ren)’s age, the number of children you have, how many days/week you need care, and whether you’re looking for a daycare center or in-home care. Premium offerings, such as meals and snacks, on-site enrichments, and more can also have an impact on the cost of daycare tuition.

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