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Combine your love for children and the Bay Area into one career as a preschool teacher! Working with young children can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs, and the San Francisco Bay Area is full of some of the best preschools out there.

However, the right preschool environment can make or break your experience as a preschool teacher. From bilingual education to nature-centered learning, it’s important to find the work environment that best suits you. Take a look at our list of the top 30 preschools to work for in the San Francisco Bay Area below to help you get started.

1. Children's Community Center

Children’s Community Center is unique because they are a parent participation, cooperative preschool. Since 1927, parents have contributed their time and energy to this community center to make it a healthy place for children to grow. They have a year-round, play-based, developmental program with professional and caring teaching staff.

2. Family Learning Center

If you’re looking for work for a preschool with a religious-based curriculum, Family Learning Center could be the place for you. As a Christian organization, they create an environment based on Biblical principles. They also teach Biblical principles through activities, curriculum, relationship, and discipline.

3. Genius Kids Morgan Hill 

Genius Kids of Morgan Hill teaches through their curriculum that education is not about learning facts, but about learning how to think confidently and express creatively. Since education is a lifelong process, they aim to make it fun and enriching for every child. They provide the children with critical life skills like confidence, communication, public speaking skills, and love for learning.

4. Hearts & Minds Pre-K

This neighborhood preschool is a play-based program where children are respected as inquisitive and unique individuals. They serve families in the Inglewood Terrace neighborhood and focus on children ages 3-6. Their teachers encourage children to explore their interests through teacher-designed projects and spontaneous experiences.

5. Grand Lake Montessori School 

Formerly known as Casa dei Bambini (or “House of Children” in Italian), Grand Lake Montessori School was founded in 1978 as an independent Montessori day school. Named after the first Montessori school established in Rome in 1906, they have grown to serve more than 170 students. This preschool is perfect for those who want to work full-time as a preschool teacher, as they operate year-round — even through summer!

6. True Sunshine Preschool Center

True Sunshine Preschool Center is a private, non-profit corporation founded by the True Sunshine Episcopal Church. Established as a Cantonese/English bilingual and multicultural preschool program, the school has offered quality educational experiences to preschoolers for more than 40 years. This preschool is especially well suited for those who are fluent in Cantonese.

7. Kinderdance of the Tri-Valley 

Do you have a background in Early Childcare Education and also love to dance? Check out Kinderdance of the Tri-Valley. They are a studio that has a nationally recognized dance, gymnastics, and fitness program for young children. However, all of their instructors also have experience in early childcare education.

8. Foothill Christian Preschool 

Foothill Christian Preschool is a non-profit Christian preschool in Glendora. This school hopes to aid in the development of the whole child — spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. With the use of small group settings and a loving Christian atmosphere, Foothill Christian Preschool is a great place for those looking to work in a religious setting.

9. SF Tots

As a sport-centered program, SF Tots provides developmental classes for children up to 6 years old. They facilitate soccer, basketball, and baseball programs with an emphasis on fun. If you have a sports coaching background, this is the preschool for you.

10. Orckids Preschool

Orckids Preschool (now named Sunflowers Home Daycare) is located in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. This at-home preschool provides a nurturing and caring environment for children to learn and grow. With access to outdoor activities, field trips to Fairyland, parks, libraries, daily circle time, arts and crafts, cooking, yoga, and music immersion, there is always something to keep them busy!

11. Lighthouse Education Inc. 

Lighthouse Education Inc. offers preschool and after-school programs that center around the Montessori method. With an emphasis on love, kindness, and community, this is a great place to consider. Especially if you are looking for part-time preschool teacher jobs in San Jose, they also offer half day classes.

12. The Learning Bridge Preschool 

The Learning Bridge Preschool is a child development center dedicated to helping children develop self-esteem through physical, social, cognitive and language skills. Children are given plenty of outdoor time in a backyard area to ensure they are getting fresh air and movement. With experienced teachers, they ensure the children are safe and have fun alongside learning.

13. Contra Costa County — EHSD/Community Services Bureau

This large preschool is community-oriented and currently looking for permanent and substitute teachers to join their team! As a part of Contra Costa County’s Employment and Human Services Department, the Community Services Bureau has the largest program in the organization. So if you are looking to be a part of a large entity, this is a great option for you.

14. Mother Goose School 

Mother Goose School has been serving families in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1951. They welcome every child, no matter their racial, cultural, or economic background. They foster each child’s social, emotional, and educational growth by recognizing their different talents, learning styles, and personalities.

15. Captivate Academy Preschool

Captivate Academy Preschool prides itself on maintaining their core goals: keeping low teacher-to-child ratios, providing an enriching environment, and developing an engaging curriculum with exceptional teachers. With their immersive curriculums, strong relationships between teachers and children, and a nurturing and creative environment, this is a great opportunity for those dedicated to the education of children.

16. Happy Lion Day Care Center, Inc. 

Happy Lion Day Care Center, Inc. is on a mission to create a positive impact on their community. They provide a positive child care setting with individualized care, engaging curriculum, and after-school activities. They also offer school age programs with daily school dropoff and pickup, extended care, engaging summer camp activities, and nutritious meals.

17. Wonderland Chinese Preschool

Do you also speak Mandarin and love children? Wonderland Chinese Preschool offers a bilingual play-based preschool program for children starting at age 2 through Kindergarten. Their specialized curriculum helps children with social and emotional development in a safe, engaging environment. They develop children’s language skills in both English and Mandarin while promoting exploration, independence, and creativity.

18. Woolly Mammoth Preschool

Woolly Mammoth Childcare & Preschool is a full-year, full-time childcare center providing care to infants and preschoolers up to five years of age. Both of its founders are trained and experienced childcare practitioners committed to each child's well being in the program. With a highly trained and experienced staff, Woolly Mammoth Preschool nurtures every child’s educational experience.

19. Soaring Wings LLC

The job description of a preschool teacher is not an easy one, so why not gain experience in the midst of beautiful wine country? Soaring Wings LLC provides childcare for children ages 6 months to 5 years old in Napa. With over 20 years of experience, they are looking for credentialed candidates to help children prepare for kindergarten, grow in all areas of development, and focus on socialization and play.

20. Springbridge International School

Springbridge International School is an independent, coeducational, Japanese/English or Chinese/English bilingual school. They implement an educational mission to foster respect, integrity, and self-discovery in a compassionate, multicultural environment. This is another great opportunity for bilingual teachers to work in the San Francisco Bay Area and make a difference in the lives of children.

21. International Child Resource Institute (ICRI)

The International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) is an international nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of children and families around the world. 

Since 1981, ICRI has focused on early childhood care and education. With over 400 programs in over 50 countries, ICRI empowers communities to care for and foster the growth of their children.

22. Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School

Silverspot Cooperative Nursery School provides a positive, safe, and healthy environment where children learn through a play-based curriculum. As a parent-run, nonprofit cooperative nursery school, they work to engage the community and help families with the education of their children.

23. Potrero Kids 

This year-round Spanish bilingual preschool is operated by the Potrero Residents Education Fund. They provide high-quality preschool services to the working families of San Francisco's Potrero Hill and Eastern Neighborhood communities. 

Its unique concept of a private bilingual preschool located on a public elementary school campus provides education in a safe environment for all children ready to learn.

24. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 

If you are looking for part-time gigs, The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco is a great place to start. Their Kid Care program is reservation-based childcare and is limited to 2 hours per day. This allows parents to fit a good workout into their day without having to worry about their child.

25. Jewish Community Center of the East Bay 

Looking for one of the top preschools to work for in the Bay Area? Check out the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay. Their award-winning preschool takes a play-based approach to early childhood education. Although they are a culturally Jewish preschool that celebrates Jewish values and traditions, they proudly welcome families and children of all backgrounds.

26. Presidio Hill School 

Established in 1918, Presidio Hill School is the oldest progressive school in California! They offer students a challenging, project-based curriculum that prepares them for the future while still catering to their current developmental needs. 

Described as a vibrant, diverse and supportive community, Presidio Hill School is one of the best preschools to work for if you are looking for a unique and inclusive environment.

27. Neighborhood School

Located on the public school site of Kensington Elementary School, Neighborhood School provides before and after-school programs for children. With limited sized classrooms and small teacher-to-child ratios, they offer a variety of activities to keep students engaged. These include sports, games, arts and crafts, quiet reading time, playing board games, and more.

28. Montessori in Motion Preschool 

Another Montessori experience can be found at the Montessori in Motion Preschool. Aligning with the traditional Montessori method, they surround children with a carefully planned and stimulating environment. This is a great job for those who are looking for a structured curriculum and have a willingness to learn.

29. The Model School

The Model School offers an alternative to a traditional school environment. Their mission is to provide an educational experience for children whose parents desire a comprehensive educational program in an ideally prepared humanistic developmental learning environment. If you’re looking for a new experience, consider joining this team.

30. Little Elephant Montessori

Little Elephant Montessori School is a small, safe, home-like school set in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. With an outdoor play yard and two classrooms, Little Elephant Montessori has the capacity for 22 full-time students with a few instructors. 

Children are informally exposed to a number of different languages throughout their curriculum. If you want to join a small team of educators, keep your eyes peeled for an open position here! 

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