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Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center

790 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 820-3500


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center (YBG) is to serve children, their families and the community by providing child care and family support in a safe and nurturing environment. Our comprehensive programs are multi-culutral, educational, and promote social, emotioanal, cognitive and physical development; responsive to the specific needs of those we serve.

A Typical Day

7:00 - 9:00 Greeting, Free play, Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Project Time, Free play

10:00 - 10:30 Circle time

10:30 - 11:30 Outside time

11:30 - 12:20 Lunch time

12:30 - 2:30 Quiet Time

2:30 - 3:30 Story time, Snack time

3:30 - 4:30 Outside time

4:30 - 6:00 Free play

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year