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Exclamationsm Click here to view a complete listing of Parks and Recreation program changes and cancellations.  Preschool, Before and After School, and R.E.A.L. programs are closed until May 1.

The Child Care Program Area includes three preschools for children 2.5 to 5 years; four licensed after school recreation programs for school-age children Kindergarten-12 years; two grant funded ASES programs (REAL Program) designed for academic support for school age children Kindergarten–12 years old; Summer, Spring and Winter camps for children kindergarten through 12 years old; TEEN camp in Summer; Full of Fun Camp and Nights of Fun.

Summer Camp Registration

April 3 - 17

Due to the cancellation of the in-person registration and the newest procedures for COVID-19, it has been decided to allow registration via email. It is very important to follow the steps below so that we can process applications in the order of the registration numbers that had been assigned by lottery. 

If you did not participate in the lottery, your application will be processed in the order received after the pre-assigned resident and non-resident registration applications have been processed.

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How to Register for Summer Camp 

 Summer Camp Application

Please make sure your application is complete and legible.  If your child has any allergies or takes any medication, please be specific on what the allergic reaction looks like and when to give meds. DO NOT mark the camp session area on your application.  Use the Summer Camp Selection Form to mark your camp.  Electronic signatures will be accepted.

 Summer Camp Selection Form

Please mark down your first, second, and third choice for each session (week) so that as camps fill up for that session (week), we can place you accordingly.  If you do not get into any of your selected camps, we will waitlist you for all your choices.  Orange Park is full at this time.  If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please check the WL box next to the sessions (weeks) that you would like to be waitlisted.

 Summer Camp Policies Form

Make sure you initial each section and sign the form.  Electronic signatures will be accepted.  

Summer Camp Payment Form

In order to support our revised registration process, we are asking all families to go online and add a credit card account to your CivicRec user profile. Please see the attached instructions as to how to do this.

  1. Fill out the top portion of the Summer Camp Payment Form with the last 4 digits of your credit card*.Please do not send us your complete credit card information via e-mail.
  2. Indicate which payment schedule option your prefer:
    • Pay in full – The full cost of your camps will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration.
    • Payment plan – Session 1 – 4 must be paid in full. Sessions 5 – 10 require a $50 per child nonrefundable deposit.
  3. Indicate which payment timing you prefer:
  • Immediately Charge My Card - We will charge your card on file for you at the time of registration.
  • Pay Online - Once registered, you will go online to pay your bill.Payment must be received by May 1.Late payments may jeopardize your enrollment in the program.

Do not fill out the bottom portion of the form.  Staff will complete this information at the time we enroll you into available camps that you selected. Electronic signatures are accepted.

Summer Camp Swim Lessons - optional

Please complete the Swim Lesson Form if you are interested in signing up for swim lessons        during the week your child is in summer camp. Please note many sessions are full with a waiting list.  If you want to be on the waiting list, please check the WL box. Electronic signatures are accepted.

We will be accepting applications until Friday, April 17, 2020.  Please email the completed forms by April 17, 2020 midnight.  After that date, we will begin to process forms according to your registration number that was already given to you.   All completed documents can be emailed to  We will accept electronic signatures on all documents.  Any missing information will slow down the registration process and might jeopardize your placement in line.  Staff may proceed to the next application if we are unable to reach you in a timely manner.

You will receive a receipt that will reflect what camps you are enrolled in.  If you are waitlisted, you will receive a phone call.

Call 650-875-6951 or email with any questions regarding this process.  

Registration 2020 POSTPONED

New Lottery date April 13, 2020


The City of South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department will be accepting lottery applications for the available spaces at the licensed After School Recreation Programs at Buri Buri, Monte Verde, Ponderosa, and Spruce Elementary Schools, and the REAL Programs at Los Cerritos and Martin Elementary Schools. Enrollment in the program will be determined by lottery.

 Lottery applications for the After School Recreation Program will be accepted from April 13-24, 2020.  Applications will be available April 13th and can be submitted via one of the following options:

  • Mail to :    Childcare After School Lottery, PO Box 711, South San Francisco, CA 94083

Please note that your lottery odds do not change based on when you mail or email your application. You will only need to fill out a single form to complete the lottery registration for all programs as marked. Participants will be notified the week of May 4th as to if they received a spot or are placed on a waitlist.

The lottery will be open for several days; therefore, it will not matter at all when families submit their lottery registration as long as they are received by April 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

We are still implementing priority registration for children/families currently enrolled in our childcare programs. A yearly waiting list is established at each site. The waiting list is only maintained for the current school year and does not carry over to the next year.  A new waiting list is established each year.

All families interested in the lottery can only submit a form for their legal children. We do not allow families to register friends or other family members in this process. 


Licensed After School Recreation Program

The Licensed After School Recreation Program is designed for children enrolled in Kindergarten- 5th Grade. They are licensed through the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Our Programs operate in accordance with the South San Francisco Unified School District days of operation calendar. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Each program is designed as an expanded learning program to meet the academic, emotional, physical, and social needs and interests of the children enrolled. The program provides some academic support, recreation activities, and cultural enrichment through a play-based curriculum. Many of the activities planned for the children enrolled meet the CORE curriculum standards as we actively partner with the schools to ensure the children are on a pathway to a successful academic career.  A before school care only package is offered as well as part-time and full-time schedules. For more information or to get put on a waiting list click here.

ASES R.E.A.L. Program

The R.E.A.L. (Recreation, Enrichment and Learning) After School Program is funded by the State of California.  The R.E.A.L. Program is located at Martin Elementary School and Los Cerritos Elementary School.

The purpose of our program is to expand learning beyond the school day and beyond classroom doors and walls.  Our program compliments, supports and enhances daily classroom instruction.  The program, while structured, provides staff and students with choices.  Our program encourages creativity, imagination and flexibility.  Our program focuses on creating educational projects that make learning fun.  Students participate in a balance of individual activities, small and large group activities, indoor and outdoor activities, and quiet as well as active play.  For more information please contact Laura Armanino at 650-875-6900.

Preschool Program

The City of South San Francisco's three preschools operate .

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm.

Siebecker Preschool
510 Elm Ct.
Ph: (650) 875-6979

LIC #410509769

Westborough Preschool
2380 Galway Dr.
Ph: (650) 875-6980


Little Steps Preschool
520 Tamarack Lane
Ph: (650) 877-8545


For more information, view the Brochure

Wait List

Both sites currently have a 3 to 4 year waiting list. Please download and fill out the wait list form on the Brochure and submit it with your non-refundable $31 wait list fee to:
City of South San Francisco
Attn: Childcare
P.O. Box 711
South San Francisco, CA 94083

 For all waiting list inquiries please email Diana Gonzalez, Preschool Coordinator at 


The Full of Fun Camp came about as a result of parents of teens and young adults with disabilities asking about summer programs.  In 2007 we designed and implemented our first camp. The goal was simple. To offer a camp for these special teens and adults that allows them to just “hang out” with their non-disabled peers.  Full of Fun Camp operates for 3 weeks during the summer from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and once a month during the school year with our Nights Of Fun.  For more information about our program or volunteering please contact Laura Armanino or Kimberly Morrison at 650-875-6900.

Staff Qualifications

All coordinators, teachers, and staff of our programs are experienced and trained in the areas of child development, recreation, supervision, curriculum, first aid, and CPR.

Contact Us

Laura Armanino
Recreation and Community Services Supervisor
Ph: (650) 875-6951

Kimberly Morrison
Assistant Childcare  Supervisor
Ph: (650) 875-6900

Diana Gonzalez
Preschool Coordinator
Ph: (650) 875-6900

Child Care Administration Offices
Joseph A. Fernekes Recreation Building at Orange Park
781 Tennis Dr.
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Mailing Address:
Attn: Childcare
33 Arroyo Blvd.
South San Francisco, CA  94080

Ph: (650) 875-6900

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