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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

March 14, 2020

7:00 AM -9:00 AM*

Municipal Services Building, Social Hall

33 Arroyo Drive

 The City of South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department will be accepting lottery applications for registration numbers that will determine the order in which prospective participants can register for available spaces in the 2020 Summer Camp program. Residents who live within the South San Francisco Unified School District boundaries will receive priority in the lottery pull.

Resident families interested in enrolling in summer camp will need to turn in a lottery form and proof of residency in order to receive a registration number. Non-resident families just need to turn in the lottery form, as there will be a separate lottery pull for non-residents. We will accept forms for the 2020 Summer Camp from February 21-28, 2020.  It will not matter at all when families submit their lottery form as long as it is received by February 28th at 5:00 p.m. Applicants can turn in the form via one of the following options:

  • Mail to Childcare Division, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, CA, 94080-  Must be  received by February 28th.
  • Drop off at the Joseph Fernekes Recreation Building at 781 Tennis Drive in Orange Park. Business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

You will only need to fill out a single form. Any registration that does not include proof of residency will be counted as a non-resident application and put in the non-resident pull. Do not submit multiple forms, one form per family only.

Participants will be notified during the week of March 9th as to the registration number they received. Lottery participants must plan to be present when their number is called on registration day on Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 am in order to complete their enrollment.

 We are still implementing priority registration for families in our after school programs. After school program families who wish to register in more than one Specialty Camp at Terrabay Gymnasium and Recreation Center will need to participate in the lottery.

*registration will end at 9:00 AM or when the last number is called.


Before & After School Recreation Program

Registration 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 1-10, 2020.  Applications will be available April 1st and can be submitted via one of the following options:

  • E-mail at
  • Drop off at the Joseph Fernekes Recreation Building at 781 Tennis Drive in Orange Park.  Business hours are Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
  • Mail to Recreation Department c/o Childcare Division, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, CA, 94080 -Must be received by April 10th

Please note that your lottery odds do not change based on when you drop off 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 April 20th as to if they received a spot or are placed on a waitlist.

The drop off for 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 10th 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.

New lottery system coming soon!  Please check back in late March for more information on registering for the 2019-2020 school year. 

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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