The Infant Development Center of San Francisco (IDC) was established in 1978 to provide quality child care to working families. Originally supervised by Lone Mountain College (now part of USF's Campus), IDC relocated into the Inner Sunset district when the college closed. Through collaboraitve efforts of staff and parents, the IDC incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality childcare in San Francisco.
In 1983 parents and alumni families made it possible for the organization to purchase our present building. IDC renamed this site Gates & Bridges Preschool in 1994.
We care for only 16 children with a ratio of one teacher to eight, allowing opportunities for small groupings and individual attention. We also have an additional teacher helping children as needs arise. Our daily program includes language arts, dramatic play, art, music, tactile and sensory exploration, science/math, cooperative games, outdoor play, organized group times, meals together, and rest/nap period. There are opportunities for both structured and spontaneous activities inside and outside. We offer a planned, yet flexible curriculum geared to the children's common interests and growing competencies. Morning and afternoon programs are often centered around themes and interest topics. Much of the curriculum emerges out of play episodes, books, experiences and conversations that children share with their teachers and each other. Teachers encourage each child to pursue spontaneous and individual interests.