Best Preschools & Daycares in the Bay Area

These Preschools or Childcare Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2016 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Preschool or Childcare Center

Gold: Acorn Learning Center. Promotes learning and the wonder of discovery through its interactive teaching and curriculum for ages 2 and 3, 4/pre-k, accelerated pre-k, junior-k/kindergarten and after-school care. Multiple locations in Danville and San Ramon. 925-837-1145.

Silver: Larson’s Children’s Center. 920 Diablo Road, Danville. 925-837-4238.           

Bronze: Redwood Forest Preschool. 19200 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. 510-537-0222.


Gold: Peninsula Jewish Community Center. The early childhood education center offers preschool and extended care for ages 18 months to 4 years while fostering respect, responsibility, kindness and community. 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 650-378-2670.

Silver: Children's Creative Learning Center. Multiple locations.

Bronze (tie): Learning Links Preschool. 1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame. 650-259-8544; 260 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. 650-938-2252.

Bronze (tie): Merry Moppet Preschool. 2200 Carlmont Drive, Belmont. 650-593-6175.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Action Day/Primary Plus. With nurturing infant care, semi-structured preschool and invigorating preschool through kindergarten programs, Action Day children thrive socially, academically and physically. Multiple locations.

Silver: AppleSeed Montessori. Three locations in Sunnyvale.

Bronze: Hope Technology Preschool. 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. 650-565-8391.

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: San Francisco Montessori Academy. Students develop academic, sensorial, social and practical life skills while following the Montessori method, which emphasizes independent learning.  1566 32nd Ave., San Francisco. 415-759-5710.

Silver: St. Thomas the Apostle Preschool. 710 40th Ave., San Francisco. 415-387-5511.

Bronze: Lakeside Presbyterian Center for Children. 201 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco. 415-564-5044.


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