Best Preschools & Daycares in the Bay Area

These Preschools or Childcare Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Preschool or Childcare Center

Gold: Larson’s Children’s Center. Parents praise this early childhood learning center for its warm, friendly and engaging environment. 920 Diablo Road, Danville. 925-837-4238.       

Silver: Saklan School. 1678 School St., Moraga. 925-376-7900.

Bronze: Acorn Learning Center. Multiple locations in Danville and San Ramon. 925-837-1145.


Gold: Alto International School. Hands-on and play-based learning are the emphases of this German immersion preschool. 475 Pope St., Menlo Park. 650-324-8617.

Silver: Peninsula Jewish Community Center. 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 650-212-7522.

Bronze (tie): Serendipity Preschool. 3172 Clearview Way, San Mateo. 650-574-7400.

Bronze (tie): St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School. 16 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. 650-274-0700.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Almaden Country School. This Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum encourages 4-5-year-olds to work independently and collaboratively with peers using a multi-sensory approach. 6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose. 408-997-0424.

Silver: Oakwood School. 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill. 408-782-7177.

Bronze: Action Day/Primary Plus. Multiple locations.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: St. Thomas the Apostle Preschool. This school is part of a preschool through eighth grade educational experience and serves potty-trained children beginning at 2 years 9 months. 3801 Balboa St., San Francisco. 415-221-2711.

Silver: San Francisco Montessori Academy. 1566 32nd Ave., San Francisco. 415-759-5710.

Bronze: Little Wonders Montessori. 1663 32nd Ave., San Francisco. 415-819-5546.



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