These Preschools or Childcare Centers were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.
San Francisco & Marin
Gold: La Scuola International School. The mission is to “inspire brave learners to shape the future.” 735 Fell St., San Francisco. 415-551-0000. lascuolasf.org.
Silver: St. Thomas the Apostle Preschool. 3801 Balboa St., San Francisco. 415-221-2711. sfsta.org.
Bronze: Casa dei Bambini School. 2401 Taraval St., San Francisco. 415-379-4111. cdeib.com.
Gold: Action Day Primary Plus. These preschools maintain a philosophy of a semi-structured program that combines fun-filled learning with free play and exploration time. Multiple locations. 408-244-1968. actiondayprimaryplus.com.
Silver: Neighborhood Christian Center (Santa Clara). 887 Pomeroy Ave., Santa Clara. 408-984-3418. myncc.net.
Bronze: Almaden Country Day School. 6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose. 408-997-0424. almadencountrydayschool.org.
Gold: Choice in Learning Montessori. This Montessori school for children ages 2-6 has a special program in which students participate in activities with senior citizens at a neighboring adult day program. 490 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. 925-687-5321. cilmontessori.org.
Silver: East Bay German International School. 1070 41st St., Emeryville. 510-679-2199. ebgis.org
Bronze: The Renaissance International School. 3650 Dimond Ave., Oakland. 510-531-8566; 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont. 510-328-1127. therenaissanceschool.org.
Gold: Odyssey Mandarin Immersion Preschool. Focuses on the Montessori methodology and Mandarin language immersion. 590 Myrtle Ave., Redwood City. 650-727-2306. odysseypreschool.com.
Silver (tie): St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School (New name: Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew). 16 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. 650-274-0700. stmatthewsday.org.
Bronze: (tie) Carlmont Parent’s Nursery School. 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. 650-593-4155. carlmontparents.org.
Bronze (tie): Casa dei Bambini School. 1835 Valota Road, Redwood City. 650-362-3352. cdeib.com.