Best Preschools & Daycares in the Bay Area

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.

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

Bronze: Casa dei Bambini School. 2401 Taraval St., San Francisco. 415-379-4111.

Silicon Valley

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.

Silver: Neighborhood Christian Center (Santa Clara). 887 Pomeroy Ave., Santa Clara. 408-984-3418.

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

East Bay

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.

Silver: East Bay German International School. 1070 41st St., Emeryville. 510-679-2199.

Bronze: The Renaissance International School. 3650 Dimond Ave., Oakland. 510-531-8566; 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont. 510-328-1127.


Gold: Odyssey Mandarin Immersion Preschool. Focuses on the Montessori methodology and Mandarin language immersion. 590 Myrtle Ave., Redwood City. 650-727-2306.

Silver (tie): Play Thrive Mandarin Whole Child Education. 555 Avenue del Ora, Redwood City.

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

Bronze: (tie) Carlmont Parent’s Nursery School. 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. 650-593-4155.

Bronze (tie): Casa dei Bambini School. 1835 Valota Road, Redwood City. 650-362-3352.