C5 Children’s School began as The Civic Center Child Care Corporation in 1985 as a non-profit public benefit corporation. It was created by a volunteer group of parents and state employees who worked in the California Public Utilities Commission building in San Francisco. Their goal was to establish on-site child care services for state employees and the general public. The result was one of the first on-site business child care programs in San Francisco. It was located in the State of California Public Utilities Commission Building at 505 Van Ness Avenue. We initially served children who were two months to three years old.
In 1999, we were asked to expand our services and establish a preschool center for older toddlers through pre-k children and their families by opening the C5 Children’s School Preschool Center two blocks away in the Hiram Johnson State Office Building at 455 Golden Gate Avenue. It is now called the CA State Building Center.
Now, our official, legal name is C5 Children’s School. For the first part of our new name, we kept the “C5” nick name that everyone used in place of our longer name and added “Children’s School” to represent our evolution from a child care program to the full-featured learning and development program that we have developed since 2002.
In the fall of 2011, we were selected to operate the child development program in the new San Francisco Public Utilities Commission building that was being completed at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. The building opened in the summer of 2012. C5 obtained licenses to operate an Infant-Toddler Program and a Preschool through Pre-Kindergarten Program in the new SF City Building Center. The first license was issued in July 2012 by California Community Care Licensing for 36 infant-toddler children who are six weeks old to two years old, and we began serving them at that time in the two classrooms on the ground floor. We obtained a Preschool license in October 2012 to enroll 45 children who are two years old to six years old in the new center, and we began providing service at that time on the second floor for children in that age range.