San Francisco Daycare From Bright Horizons

Early Education & Preschool That's More Than Daycare

When selecting a daycare program, working parents don't need to choose between convenience and quality. Bright Horizons in San Francisco prioritizes school readiness while also offering flexible schedules all year round. 


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Bright Horizons San Francisco is more than daycare

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We have a number of convenient locations throughout Downtown San Francisco including Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Embarcadero, Financial District, Union Square, Central Market, SOMA/Yerba Bueno and Castro/Noe Valley, East Bat cities of San Ramon, Dublin and Alameda, San Mateo in the peninsula, and Silicon Valley cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Cupertino and Marin County.

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

What Questions Should I Ask a Daycare Provider?

What ages does a San Francisco daycare from Bright Horizons allow?


Most of our San Francisco child care centers serve children ages six weeks to six years. Bright Horizons is more than daycare. We have programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants, toddler, preschool and pre-K.

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I've looked at other daycares in the Bay Area with long waitlists. What if I want to enroll at a San Francisco Bright Horizons center but space is not available?


You can select and register with up to three Bright Horizons child care locations, including the center in which you are most interested. By registering, you are confirming interest in all three centers. Once registered, we will add you to our waitlist and offer you a space as soon as one becomes available. Our goal is to accommodate families as soon as space allows, and so during the entire process, we will keep in touch with you regarding your status.

While waiting for a space to become available at the first-choice location, many families enroll at their second or third choices temporarily until space becomes available at their first-choice centers. Enrolling at another location will not only solve your immediate child care needs, but will provide you priority access to your first preference.

What is the background check process for daycare staff at Bright Horizons San Francisco child care centers?


Bright Horizons conducts comprehensive background checks on all prospective employees and frequent visitors. In San Francisco, the state of CA Department of Youth and Families requires background checks for employees of a daycare or licensed child care facility.

Bright Horizons background checks consist of a county criminal record check for the past seven years performed in all counties that a person has lived, worked or attended school. In addition to the county criminal search, a sex offender search, OFAC search, and a social security verification trace are also conducted.

Are daycare staff at Bright Horizons in San Francisco trained in CPR and First Aid?


All Bright Horizons San Francisco staff receive ongoing training, including CPR/First Aid and Universal Precautions. You can feel confident that your child is healthy, safe, and thriving while in our care. Bright Horizons families use the MyBrightDay mobile app daily to get photos, real-time updates on care, learning, and milestones, and to stay up-to-date on important notifications.

Does Bright Horizons provide daycare in the San Francisco Metro Area?


Bright Horizons has a number of San Francisco-area locations. Search by zip to find the one closest to you.

At Bright Horizons we make sure you can enjoy the convenience of daycare combined with a quality early education experience. We focus our daily experiences on comprehensive, optimum development of each child: mind, body, social self, and character.

Our dedicated teachers guide children to success by teaching them how to:

  1. Approach life as an invitation to learn
  2. Become a confident and competent lifelong learner
  3. Become a confident and competent user of technology
  4. Develop emotional intelligence: personal power and social skills

At our centers, we achieve school readiness by helping children:

  1. Develop the social and cognitive skills necessary for school success
  2. Achieve excellence in language and literacy
  3. Develop an engaged, reflective, inquisitive mind and appreciation of science
  4. Achieve excellence in logical/mathematical understanding
We help cultivate a rich and rewarding childhood by focusing on:
  1. Happy days
  2. Wonderful relationships
  3. A World of experience

How much does a Bright Horizons daycare in San Francisco cost?


Daycare tuition depends on your child’s age, as well as your choice in center location. To get a customized tuition quote for Bright Horizons in San Francisco, find your preferred center with our locator tool, and set up an appointment. During this conversation, the Center Director will discuss your family’s needs and calculate what tuition would look like for you.

Does Bright Horizons in San Francisco have baby daycare?


Yes. Most of our locations offer infant care programs for children starting at six-weeks old. We're happy to schedule a visit for expectant parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare, even for our youngest learners. Bright Horizons in San Francisco is a great place for babies.

Does Bright Horizons in San Francisco have a toddler daycare?


Yes. Most of our locations offer toddler programs for children to start to explore independence, language development, and social skills. We're happy to schedule a visit for parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare. Find out what toddlers learn in our San Francisco child care programs by speaking to a center director about our curriculum.

Does Bright Horizons in San Francisco have a daycare preschool program?


Yes. Most of our locations offer preschool and pre-K programs for children that prepare them for school success. We’re happy to schedule a safe, personalized Zoom visit for parents who would like to learn about why Bright Horizons can offer more than a daycare and what school readiness at Bright Horizons in San Francisco looks like.

How can I find child care when a San Francisco daycare center is closed?


Having a sitter or two familiar with your family can be extremely helpful when you need back-up care. With Sittercity, you can search for local babysitters and nannies, or post a job detailing your needs, and have interested child care providers reach out to you directly. Sittercity has built-in screening tools that give you control to hire with ease and confidence, which include secure messaging, interview booking, professional references, and background checks.

What is the difference between daycare and in-home child care in San Francisco?


With a babysitter or nanny in your home, your child gets personalized, one-on-one attention in an environment controlled by you. Your child care will match the exact schedule you need, all in the convenience of your home. If desired, you can also get house management help from your in-home provider. A daycare facility tends to be a more cost-effective option in an environment designed for learning and whole child development, with age-appropriate curriculum and structured socialization. In the end, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to child care—pick the environment that’s best for you.

How are working parents supported by Bright Horizons in San Francisco?


Bright Horizons in San Francisco supports the whole family because we know that success at work and success at home go hand-in-hand. We designed our centers, programs, and schedules to keep the needs of both children and parents in mind. 

Does Bright Horizons have summer care in San Francisco?

We have a partnership with Steve and Kate's camp locations as well as our Summer Explorations programs for children ages 3-5 and 6-12. 

Does Bright Horizons in San Francisco provide daycare for children with special needs?


Yes. Bright Horizons in San Francisco accommodates a wide range of special and individualized needs in our group programs. We offer inclusive programs that focus on each child’s strengths and support a collaborative team approach with the teacher, director, specialists, and families. The team will work closely together to maximize your child’s opportunities for learning, growth, and development, and minimize any barriers or safety issues that a group program may present.

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