San Mateo Location

Let Your Child Explore, Create & Learn With Us!


Safari Kid at San Mateo is an integral part of the San Mateo community and has been serving the local peninsula community from its newly constructed and beautifully done up center very close to the heart of San Mateo downtown.  The center has large classrooms, a large multi-purpose area and a fun playground area that all create a playful enviroment to give children the right atmosphere to foster and grow in their early childcare experience. Call 408-771-8292 now to find out more or to make an appointment!

Click right to learn more about our different programs offerings:


  • Preschool Program
  • Toddler Program

Preschool Program


Age: 3 to 6 years

Preschool program combines play, skill-building, social-emotional development opportunities, and structured academics to prepare for success and readiness for Kindergarten.

Ms. Manisha engages her young preschoolers in exploration through their senses. You will often find her with the children carrying their magnifying glasses collecting, exploring and discussing natural materials. Her specialized morning routines introduce children to alphabets, phonics, basic science concepts, and basic number sense.

Our enthusiastic older preschoolers (Pre-K program) love Ms. Shelly. Her intentional teaching identifies a child’s interests and ability as she plans learning activities for them. Focusing on phonics, reading comprehension, mathematical concepts, and spatial and temporal knowledge she encourages children to become independent and develop leadership qualities. She sets up activities encouraging critical thinking and improve problem solving skills. As you walk into the classroom you see her leading the children in yoga, meditation or helping them express themselves through art.


Toddler Program


Age: 18 months to 3 years

Our Toddler program is based on playful learning stimulating and engaging the children. Our quality environment provides a variety of age appropriate learning experiences for children  encouraging individual growth and development. Our teachers Ms. Susana and Ms. Sheryl, with their years of experience develop self-esteem, independence and problem-solving skills in our toddlers.

Ms Susana’s nurturing nature and tender loving care makes morning separation easy for our toddlers. Affectionately called Ms. Ana, she makes play a learning experience setting up different activities everyday.

Ms. Sheryl’s DIY felt storyboards have a magical way of engaging children, bringing a rhyme, fairytale or story alive as children find themselves immersed in the emotions of the characters.

Address: 521 E 5th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 442-212-0367 


Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm

COVID-19 Measures!

We are open and staying safe during this difficult time! We have implemented numerous measures to ensure everyones safety including:


  • Parents drop and pick up children at the main door
  • No external visitors are allowed into the school
  • Children undergo regular temperature checks
  • Children change into a pair of school shoes every morning
  • All teachers wear masks
  • Hand washing multiple times during the day including on arrival and before leaving
  • Regular disinfecting of high touch surfaces
  • Cleaning of toys and other learning materials after each child uses it
  • Disinfecting outdoor play structure and ride toys after use by each group
  • Stringent cleaning by a cleaning service provider every day at the end of the day
  • Strict sick policy for children and teachers
  • Restricted current maximum class size of 12 children
  • No personal toys in school
  • Safari Kid provides am and pm snacks. Parents send lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a full-time program?

Yes, we are a full time program with flexible enrollment options (part time and part days).

How large is your center?

Our center is a large 4000 sq. ft. building with an outdoor playground.

How many classrooms does your center have?

We have 3 classrooms, each with a total approved licensed capacity of 72 children.

What is your teacher to child ratio?

For our toddler program it is 1:6, and for our preschool program it is 1:12.

When is your center open?

We are open from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM.

Is there an age requirement for your programs?

For our toddler program the ages are from 18 months – 3 years. For our preschool program the ages are from 2 – 6 years.

Do you help with potty training?

All of our teachers support the potty-training process in school.

Do you provide snacks?

Yes, we provide morning and afternoon snacks. Parents are expected to provide lunch for their child attending.

How do you screen your staff and teachers?

All of our staff are required to clear a background check and also meet California Childcare licensing requirements. Our teachers also range in experience from 2/3 years up to 20+ years in childcare.

How can parents stay in communication with you?

We offer a parent app for various communications!

What is the admission process?

First, we advise booking a center tour (this can be done virtually or in person), please call 408-771-8292 or email to book a tour. Then, we will confirm availability for the program you seek. If there is a spot available, we will have you complete an Admission Agreement, or if a spot is not available, we’ll add you to our waitlist. Lastly, you will submit the Admission Agreement along with your Registration Fees (one month fee as security deposit to confirm admission).

Meet The Team!

Ms. Shanu

Center Director
Ms. Afrin

Ms. Shelly

Ms. Sheryl

Ms. Susana

Ms. Manisha


From Our Amazing Parents!

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“Safari Kid has been a gem for our family. After visiting many after school programs, Safari Kid had the cleanest facility and very responsive team of staff.”

“We love Safari Kid! The staff is kind and very interested in the development of each child. Our son even shows us the door when we drop him off.”

“We’re so happy we made the decision to send our son to Safari Kid. The owner, Ms. Shanu, and her teachers are warm and caring, and the atmosphere is inviting with lots of hands-on learning opportunities…We feel very lucky our son has Ms. Shelly as his pre-K teacher. She’s nurturing, and also very smart and intentional about the development of each child.”

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About Us

Safari Kid is an International Chain of Preschools and After School Programs, founded by Ms. Shy Mudakavi in the heart of Silicon Valley in Newark, California. Over fifteen years, 35,000 children going through the program have shown consistent excellence in elementary and middle schools.

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