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Kids by the Bay

Rochelle Westmoreland, Center Director

90 7th Street Suite 1-200 San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 554-8100 Contact this center

Ages: Infant to 5 years
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Neighborhood:
San Francisco Federal Building (on 7th St between Mission St and Market St)

Welcome

Welcome to Kids by the Bay Child Care Center! We are a unique community in San Francisco, which serves Federal employees and the local community. We accept children ages eight weeks- five years old. At our center we believe in the importance of play, and in engaging our children in learning through our Guided Discovery philosophy. We believe in observing what the children are interested in, and then bringing their interests to developmentally appropriate activities. Our curriculum is designed to support the whole child's growth, and as teachers we design an enriched environment in which the child can explore. As the child explores the environment and activities provided, the teacher acts as a guide and asks open-ended questions to encourage the child to think through the process as he or she comes to an conclusion. Every child is a scientist ready to explore, and we are here to help foster their curiosity!

Rochelle Westmoreland, Center Director

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Kids by the Bay at Civic Center is located in the environmentally friendly San Francisco Federal Building.  We are happy to serve primarily Federal families through our accredited Early Childhood Education Program, and all are welcome here. 

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Jr. Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

Let us help your 2-year-old develop her independence and confidence in a setting that encourages a sense of community. We plan your child's activities based on a program grounded in early childhood fundamentals. Your young learner will increase her language ability, practice early counting skills and learn to cooperate with friends through group activities.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

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Teachers & Staff

The staff at Kids by the Bay extends a warm welcome to our school.  Our team is very passionate about education. They take pride in providing their students with the best possible education to help them create that life-long love of learning that is so important to their future. Our teachers understand the importance of their position and take full advantage of this by helping their students be successful in all areas of their education. We partner with families to understand the unique needs of your child and ensure the best possible learning environment for each child. We understand the importance of ongoing training and provide them with a minimum of sixteen hours of onsite training annually.

  • Rochelle Westmoreland

    Rochelle Westmoreland, Center Director

    Rochelle believes children are influenced by their environment and learn best when engaged with active learning. After becoming a Program Director for children ages infant through kindergarten, she realized in an administrative role, she had to develop, train, and support teachers. Additionally, she had to communicate effectively which led her to obtaining her bachelor of arts in Human Relations and Master of Science in Human Resource Management. Rochelle joined Kids by the Bay due to the vision of the organization that states, "Be a leader nationally and local partner in building human potential and potentially impacting lives." Rochelle leads with an open door so if anyone has a question, concern, or just wants to talk, she is available.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    4/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Over ten years experience in Early Childhood Education Management as an Administrator/Classroom Trainer. Additional seven years of Early Childhood Education hands on learning Infant - Prekindergarten
    Education:
    Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations and Over 52 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units including supervisory courses work
  • Elaine Santello

    Elaine Santello, Assistant Director

    I love working with children because they can always surprise and inspire me with their joyfulness, generosity, and creativity.

    Elaine loves working in the Early Childhood Education because the knowledge in the field is growing so rapidly. She also enjoys the day-to-day variety of challenges and opportunities for learning that comes with working with children, families, and teachers. Elaine started teaching professionally 18 years ago after doing some volunteer work with different agencies including the YMCA and Boston Family Services. She has taught children from the age of one to 15, but her true love is infants to age six.

    Previous Experience:
    Elaine has taught in public and private, for-profit and non-profit settings, including full-inclusion and English Language Learner classrooms. She has taught children from the age of one to 15.
    Year Started:
    1/22/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Master of Arts in Education with an Early Childhood Education specialization and a California Elementary Teaching credential
  • Alli Brinkley

    Alli Brinkley, Program Specialist

    I love working with children because of the new surprises every day. I enjoy watching their faces light up when they discover something new or perform a task that was too difficult just a couple of days ago. I love working with children because they constantly remind me that my perspective, my view point, is not the only one. They teach me as much as I teach them!

    Alli has been around preschool teachers and kids her entire life. She was her mother's helper when she was a preschool teacher. Then, as now, she has found it rewarding and entertaining. However, it took her a long time to get to where she is today. She attended California College of the Arts where her passion for art was set free to explore. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, but couldn't quite figure out what to do after college. After she had a job as an after-school art teacher with middle-school age children, she worked as a toddler teacher for Slippery Fish Co-Op, before she finally started at Kids by the Bay. Alli has worked in many roles from Support Teacher to Prekindergarten Teacher before finding her place in the role of Program Specialist.

  • Thida Try

    Thida Try, Infant Classroom

    I love working with infants and toddlers because they are adorable and I love their sense of joy. I love to see them grow and bloom!

    Thida has been working with infants and toddlers for many years. She attended San Francisco City College where she earned an Associate in Early Childhood Education.  

    Previous Experience:
    Thida volunteered at the City College Children's Center for over two years, as well as at the local inclusion program.
    Year Started:
    1/22/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Li "Ying" Huiying, Infant Classroom

    I love working with young children because of the new things that happen every day. I enjoy watching children grow and it makes me happy to see them learn new things at school every day. I love being with children and being a part of their childhoods. Children make me laugh and smile. I enjoy taking care of them and helping them discover their worlds.

  • Ms. Eva Poon

    Ms. Eva Poon, Toddler Classroom

    Caring for and educating young children has always been a passion for Ms. Eva. You can always hear her singing a song with the children as they walk down the hall transitioning to go outside. Ms. Eva began working with children as a high school volunteer. She followed that with the completion of her Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education as well as additional specialized units in infant and toddler care. Ms. Eva truly enjoys collaborating with her teaching team to come up with new ideas for educating her young students.

    Year Started:
    4/8/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jessica loves working with children she enjoys seeing the children constantly learning. She loves to bring new, creative activities to the children and watch their creativity develop. Ms. Jessica started her journey working in Early Childhood Education as a preschool teacher. Shortly after, she joined our sister center, KinderCare, as a lead teacher in the two year old classroom and then came to Kids by the Bay as our toddler teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jessica was previously a Preschool Teacher and was the lead teacher at another center.
    Year Started:
    11/2/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
  • Ms. Jan

    Ms. Jan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jan believes that each child should be able to explore and conquer their world one step at a time, at their own pace. She enjoys watching young children learn through play and develop a strong self image. Ms. Jan enjoys working together with parents and the community to enhance every child's learning experience.

    Year Started:
    7/2/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Cheryl Brooks

    Cheryl Brooks, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love experiencing the uniqueness of each child. It is nice to know I'm making a change in a child's life.

    Ms. Cheryl has been working with children since she was 12. Her mother had her own childcare program, which provided her with a summer job. Ms. Cheryl has taught at the Shelton Primary Education Center for over 20 years with 15 of those years as a teacher and five years as the Program Director.  She also worked with a foster care program called AFS, providing transportation, respite for foster parents and support counseling for youth. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheryl has been a teacher for 15 years and spent 5 years a Program Director.
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Ms. Cheryl is persuing her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Fatima

    Ms. Fatima, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Fatima has been working in a teaching environment for over 19 years. After teaching in the elementary schools, she realized that children need much more education in the early years to form a good foundation for a lifetime of learning. Ms. Fatima had the great fortune to go to Africa to offer education to students that would not otherwise have been given the opportunity. When she returned to the states she continued her quest to educate which included joining the team at Kids by the Bay. Ms. Fatima enters her classroom every day ready to give her students a new opportunity to learn something new and develop a new skill.

    Year Started:
    7/15/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center has 2 points of security. The first point of security is through the entrance of the Federal Building. Those without an issued badge, go through a security check point. The center itself also requires a badge to gain access. Only guardians of the children who attend the school have access with their badge to our center.

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