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. Although our Centers were both located in buildings that were operated by the State of California, C5 is an independent organization that is not employed by or funded by the State of California.
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 new child development program in the new child development center 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.
Today, both of our centers, the SF City Building Center and the CA State Building Center combine their services to provide a comprehensive program for children who are six weeks old to six years old or to the time they enter Kindergarten.
Both centers are licensed through the California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division.
The SF City Building Center Infant-Toddler Program License Number is 384002300
The SF City Building Center Preschool Program License Number is 384002299
The CA State Building Center License Number is 384000654
We continue to offer rich, diverse, and comprehensive child development and learning services to a wide range of children and their families who live and work in and around the San Francisco Bay area.
Parents, family members, and friends of the school participate in the program in over 50 different ways throughout the 12 month school year.Apply Online
Each winter, all families and staff members prepare and present aspects of their personal and family culture and/or heritage to their child's learning group.Apply Online