Gates and Bridges Preschool

Our Mission and History

We believe that children are naturally motivated to learn. A supportive, stimulating atmosphere with room for the child’s input and interest is optimal. As a full-time day care center, it is our responsibility and our goal to create a safe, child-centered environment. We seek to balance various ingredients of early childhood philosophies into an exemplary program. Our approach gives attention to emotional, social, physical, creative and cognitive development. Since we also believe that children who spend the day apart from their parents need a more intimate, involved setting than the traditional preschool environment, we emphasize continuity and relationships among children, parents and teachers.

Gates & Bridges Preschool began as The Infant Development Center (IDC) of San Francisco at Lone Mountain College in 1978 using the methods of Emmi Pikler as a basis of philosophy and approach. When Lone Mountain College closed a group of dedicated staff and parents reopened IDC in the Inner Sunset as a private, nonprofit program serving the needs of infants, toddlers and their working parents. The new program was intimate and family-like, and strong relationships developed among parents and staff. In 1983 parents and alumni families made it possible for the organization to purchase our present building, affectionately know as “the Big Blue House.” In 1994 IDC closed the infant portion of the program in order to focus entirely on preschool children and renamed the program as Gates & Bridges Preschool. Now incorporating newer adaptive philosophies from R.I.E in addition to our original Pikler approach, we have been serving thriving San Francisco toddlers and their families for over thirty five years!


Gates and Bridges is governed by a Board of Directors composed of current parents, staff and community members. We are funded solely by tuition and fund raising efforts by the Board of Directors and parent body. The Board of Directors meets monthly and parent input on school policy and governance are a key ingredient in maintaining a quality child care program. The Program Director, who reports to the Board of Directors, has responsibility for the overall program.

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Tea Collection Fundraiser

Hello Friends and Family! 

I wanted to let you know that GATES & BRIDGES Preschool is participating in Tea Collection’s School Days program 2/26 – 3/5.  Shop globally inspired children’s clothing on, use code  SDS18IDCGB  for 15% off your order + free shipping, and 15% of your order gets donated back to us. We also have the chance to win an additional $100 by raising the most funds, so please help us spread the word!


Open House and Book Fair

Open House and Book Fair at Gates & Bridges Preschool!

When:        Saturday, February 24, 2018
Where:       Gates & Bridges Preschool (1601 10th Ave)

Please help us spread the word. We hope you can join us and thank you for supporting Gates & Bridges!


Pizza Night at Patxi’s

Pizza Fundraiser at Patxi’s!

Gates & Bridges Preschool is partnering with Patxi’s Pizza for a fundraising event, with Patxi’s donating 10% of sales.

When:        Monday, November 13, 2017
Where:       Patxi’s Pizza (822 Irving St, at 9th Ave)

Please help us spread the word. We hope you can join us and thank you for supporting Gates & Bridges!



Gates & Bridges Auction and Fog Fest

Come join the fun at Gates & Bridges Preschool’s annual Auction and Fog Fest! The school will be open to all, with lots of activities for children – music, face painting, fake tattoos, cookie decorating, whip cream toss, and more! There will be refreshments, a live auction, and the opportunity to meet current staff and families!

When:    Saturday, May 6, 2017, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Where:    Gates & Bridges Preschool (1601 10th Ave, between Lawton St and Moraga St)

Please help us spread the word. We hope you can join us and thank you for supporting Gates & Bridges!