South San Francisco, CA November 1, 2022 Submitted by SSF Chamber of Commerce
Our YMCA Child Development Centers are dedicated to providing high-quality professional care to infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Creating strong emotional bonds between the child, families, and other children is the primary focus. Children need to feel emotionally and physically safe in their environment to reach their highest potential.
At the Y, we recognize the importance of each step in a child’s learning experiences. Our programs encourage physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. We believe in focusing on each child individually and tailoring our curriculum accordingly.
In partnership with the City of South San Francisco and the YMCA of San Francisco, Gateway Child Development Center has been in operation since July 2004 offering early care and education to children ages three months to five years old. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are part of Quality Counts!
Gateway uses the Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire and the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) for children and families to evaluate our program and child developmental progress. Parent Teacher conferences are held twice a year.
The center is staffed with a caring and experienced workforce.
- Our Child Development Program Directors have a degree in Child & Adolescent Development and with multiple years of experience in childcare, teaching, supervision and management.
- Our Assistant Director/Curriculum Coordinator has a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with a minimum of three years experience working with children.
Each member of the teaching staff, as well as the Director and Assistant Director holds a teaching permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. Our team members are selected based on their professionalism, skills, training and ability to work with children. All personnel meet or exceed California’s Community Care licensing educational and experience requirements. A background check and fingerprinting are completed before an individual is eligible to work at the center. We understand that a well-trained, stable staff that cares deeply about children is central to a quality program.
The YMCA has a training series to advance the knowledge and development of all levels of staff. Mandatory YMCA training for child care staff includes first aid, CPR and Child Abuse Prevention.
Gateway is a full-time program and does not offer part-time care. We accept 3rd party subsidies such as Children’s Council, 4 C’s, DHS, and other programs. Financial assistance may be available for those families who qualify. While the majority of our enrollment is done during the summer months between July and September, we do offer year-round enrollment as space becomes available and pull from those families who have enrolled on our waitlist.