Best Preschools & Daycares in the Bay Area

These Preschools or Childcare Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2018 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Neighborhood Christian Center. This play-based preschool has an open and shaded outdoor area with an organic garden where children can learn and explore. Its focus is to nurture the whole child through wonder and discovery. 887 Pomeroy Ave., Santa Clara. 408-984-3418.

Silver: Action Day Primary Plus. Multiple locations. 408-244-1968.

Bronze: Almaden Country School. 6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose. 408-997-0424.

SF and Marin

Gold: C5 Children’s School. This program, serving children 6 weeks old to 5.9 years, provides a foundation for lifelong learning. 525 Golden Gate Ave. 415-626-4880 and 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. 415-703-1277.

Silver: St. Thomas the Apostle Preschool. 3801 Balboa St., San Francisco. 415-221-2711.

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


Gold: Kids Konnect Preschool. Children ages 2-6 learn and develop through a play-based curriculum. 2145 Bunker Hill Drive, San Mateo. 650-315-2202. 2450 Skyline Blvd., Pacifica. 650-359-4321.

Silver: Alto International School. 475 Pope St., Menlo Park. 650-324-8617.

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

East Bay

Gold: Park Side Preschool. A part-time preschool that emphasizes learning through play in an interactive and culturally diverse atmosphere. 35450 Newark Blvd., Newark. 510-473-3603.      

Silver: Old Firehouse School. 984 Moraga Road, Lafayette, 925-284-4321; 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, 925-934-1507.

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

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