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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.



Dear Childcare Families,

We hope you are all doing well at this time. We are exploring the possibility of reopening our preschools and offering summer camp programs in the near future. We will keep you posted when that decision has been made. 

For summer camp enrollment, because of the current guidelines regarding childcare we had to reduce our enrollment numbers to meet the current policy of only allowing 12 children per classroom.  Resident lottery numbers 1-100 who turned in applications have been registered and/or waitlisted for summer camp. You should have received a receipt for the camps you were enrolled in.  If a camp is not showing on your receipt it means you have been waitlisted for that camp. 

Lottery numbers 101 and above and all non-residents who turned in the paperwork have all been waitlisted.

How we’re planning for a fun, safe summer

Even though there will be changes to the program, the learning opportunities, educational curriculum and most importantly, the fun will continue in all of our camps and preschools.  We still will have the same developmental curriculum at preschools well as traditional summer camp curriculum in place for the children to enjoy.  Arts and crafts, science, sports, physical education, and health are still staples of our curriculum.  We are working with our recreation administration team to have guest instructors teach in our programs as well as exploring other opportunities.  Most importantly, children will be able to socialize with their teachers and peers, and work on their developmental milestones in social/emotional growth.

We are working with the Department of Public Health, South San Francisco Unified School District, California Department of Social Service Community Care Licensing Division, and our City of South San Francisco team.  We want to ensure that all future programming offered by the City of South San Francisco will be aligned with the most current guidance to ensure the health and safety of our children and to continue to run the high quality childcare programs that we have always provided.  The following are some initial changes that will occur in order to meet the current public health guidelines.  Please note this is a fluid situation and as guidelines change we will continue to implement the most current guidelines into our programs:

  • Class sizes are reduced to 12 children per class.  Your child may be transferred to another site that can accommodate these protocols.

  • Relocation from Siebecker Preschool to Westborough Preschool may occur for some students.
  • Campers enrolled in summer camp may need to be relocated to other sites to conform to the class size reductions, social distancing, and best practices. 
  • Playground use is currently restricted; however, all groups will enjoy time outside on blacktop areas, park areas, and/or other outdoor spaces.
  • Fieldtrips, community adventures, or any other large group gatherings are not possible at this time for traditional summer camp.  
  • Specialty Camps at Terrabay are redesigned as a Traditional Camp.  The cost for Specialty Camps will be reduced to Traditional Camp prices and a refund for the difference will be issued for families who are currently enrolled in Specialty Camp.
  • Police and Fire Academy Camps are cancelled.  Refunds will be issued.

We understand these are challenging times.  We are here for you and we are preparing to serve your child.  If you are planning to not have your child attend our preschool and/or summer camp programs, please email your request to and we will offer a full refund.

Take care & Stay well,

Your Childcare Team


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.


2020-2021 Before & After School Program Registration

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 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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