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Discount of 5% will be given to a family that has more than one child attending simply for kids daycare. —Offer Expires 12/31/2021
In business since: 1987
Total Employees: 1
Awards & Accreditations
Child Growth and Development, Health, Safety and Nutrition, Early Literacy, Behavioral Observation and Screening, Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, Family Child Care Home Orientation


State license status: Licensed ( verified on 8/21/2021)
This business has satisfied California's requirements to be licensed. For the most up-to-date status and inspection reports, please view this provider's profile on California's licensing website.
Licensing requirements typically include:
  • Complying with safety and health inspections
  • Achieving the required levels of educational training
  • Maintaining a minimum caregiver-to-child ratio
  • Other state-defined requirements


Monday :
7:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday :
7:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday :
7:30AM - 5:00PM
Thursday :
7:30AM - 5:00PM
Friday :
7:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday :
Sunday :
Teacher/Student Ratio:
Program Capacity:

Cost & Availability

Class Type Rate Rate Type Availability *
Toddler $ 100 per day 3
Infant $ 110 per day --
*availability last updated on 08/31/2021
Full Time (5 days/wk)
Part Time (1-4 days/wk)
Half-Day (Morning)
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  • Cash

Ratings & Reviews

( 15)
Sophie B
Our daughter Stella attended Simply for Kids from age 2 to 4 and our 19 month old son just started there.
We had a wonderful experience with Debbie and can't say enough good things about her and her program.
She does so much for the kids; There are daily outings, home-cooked healthy meals, lessons, art projects, dancing and birthday parties. Debbie taught my daughter her ABC's, and 1,2.3's , they practiced tracing letters and numbers, and my daughter now knows how to write her name.
Debbie also got my picky eater to try new foods.
She provided structure and set rules, which the kids learned to follow. Her approach is truly amazing and the kids love her so much for it!
When it came to Covid, Debbie was ahead of the game. She was sanitizing and taking extra precautions even before we went into lockdown. The older kids now have to wear masks and there are strict rules in place for families, to make sure everyone stays safe.
I was a little sad when my daughter had to move on to the "big girl school", because I felt like she really thrived at Debbie's, but I'm so happy our son is still there.
Maeve C
Our daughter Cora attended Simply for Kids from 18 months until 3.5. Cora is our second child and our kids have been in a variety of childcare situations over the years. This was hands down the best. We recently left to attend preschool and will miss Debbie so much.

Simply for Kids provides a low ratio of kids to staff, which allows staff to really get to know the kids and give them personal attention. Families tend to stay a long time and the kids are able to form strong bonds with the caregivers and each other. That low ratio, plus Debbie's comprehensive Covid rules, made us feel very safe throughout the pandemic.

There are so many other great things about Simply for Kids and Debbie-lots of time spent outside at playgrounds or in Golden Gate Park, home cooked meals, circle time, yoga, dance parties, birthday parties, projects, etc. There is an established curriculum where kids learn about different topics (plants, animals, space, seasons, etc.) in a variety of ways. Cora also learned the whole alphabet, numbers 1-20+, and some Spanish. She loved going every morning and was usually sad to come home. We would stay here forever if we could.

The location is very convenient if you live on the west side of SF. Parking is never an issue for pickup and drop-off.
We love Debbie!! My son started going to Simply for Kids when he was 1.5 years old, and he has been there for a little over 2 years. There are many reasons we appreciate Debbie and her team. First, the kids have a solid routine every day that includes different activities and time outdoors. Debbie builds a curriculum that involves a theme for each month and they do activities that build off of that theme. For example, I recall one theme focused around plants and my son learned about different stages of plant growth and even planted seeds in a small cup to take home. Debbie is also very thoughtful about her food preparations (can you believe it, on top of it all, she cooks homemade meals for the kids and she's magically able to get my son to eat vegetables). Lastly, throughout COVID, Simply for Kids was been one of the first places I knew of taking all of the necessary and even extra precautions to keep all of the kids safe. Debbie is very diligent in cleaning, having the kids sit in their designated spots, wearing their masks, and more. Every day that my son went to Debbie's, we knew that he would work on activities that stimulated his development, get some exercise, and most importantly be safe. We highly recommend Simply for Kids, and we look forward to sending our second kid there in the coming months.
Maggie M
Our son who is now 6 used to go to Debbie, and now our youngest will be attending her school. I cannot say enough about Debbie and how great she is with kids. Since we have moved I'm still willing to drive twice the distance just so that my youngest can have the same experience as my eldest child. My kid always came home with arts and crafts, they also did many outdoor activities such as going to the park and beach which I very much appreciated. Debbie goes above and beyond especially during birthdays and every child gets to celebrate a theme birthday at her school, I appreciate that she posts updates on her private FB page so I know everything they are doing! Highly recommend Debbie and her assistants are wonderful! Would recommend in a heart beat.
Cinthia B
Our daughter Natalie has been attending Debbie's daycare for almost three years and we could not be more pleased with the quality of care she has received there. Debbie does it all: healthy homemade meals, daily walks to local parks and playgrounds, themed lessons, circle time, yoga, daily arts & crafts, songs, story time, letters, shapes, numbers, practice in handwriting, holiday and birthday parties. The kids have tons of fun and are getting an excellent early exposure to foundational skills.
Lukas thrived at Debbie's daycare, Simply for Kids, she creates a warm environment for kids and celebrates them. She prepares fun activities for them like arts and crafts, making cards for the holidays and so forth. She also enjoys teaching concepts like shapes, colors, letters and numbers which I believe will prepare my child for preschool and elementary. Additionally, she takes the kids out on playground outings and makes it a fun experience for them to explore the neighborhood, which is great, getting outside time is key for my very active 3 year old!

We loved her parties and we think she has another job as a party planner on the side! She does great celebrations of the kids there - birthdays, holidays, etc. She was so sweet to get my older son a gift as well as Lukas during the holidays, very thoughtful.

I was also very, very lucky to have her advice while my son Lukas was going to have an operation which she and her kids also had. She was able to reassure me and provide me with advice on his recovery. I am grateful to have had Lukas in her care especially during this time.

She also got him to take his shoes off and get started on toilet training well in advance of what I thought he would. We were very surprised to find out he was able to do some things and Debbie got him excited to do things on his own.

Lukas has never had an issue getting dropped off or picked up, sometimes he's not too excited to leave, so we know he had a great day! He also sees Debbie's house and gets excited before drop off "there's Debbie's house!". I am sad we can't stay longer, but we know he will do well in future schooling thanks to Debbie.
I cannot recommend Deb enough. Our son was lucky enough to attend her daycare full time for a couple months before we moved out of state and honestly, if we could have taken her with us if we could have! My favorite moments of my day were often walking up her steps and peeking in the window watching her interact with the kids. She always held their full attention and you could tell they all thought she was MAGICAL. Deb honestly LOVES the kids she cares for, she is family to us and we were so sad to leave her care. She feeds them home-cooked meals, the come home with art projects several times a week, the songs and nursery rhymes, the reinforment of manners and kindness just goes above and beyond anything we ever could have hoped for. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Deb!
Our daughter has been with Debbie and her amazing assistants for over 2 1/2 years. She started at 3 months. We echo what many parents say about Debbie. She's fabulous and no one really want to leave for Preschool, even when it's time. Debbie is family-without elder relatives in the city we've often sought her guidance as our baby grew to toddler and almost little girl now. Debbie provides a secure, safe, structured-yet free (out at parks every possible day)-environment for all the children to thrive in. Amazing home cooked food, arts and crafts, small appropriate lessons/learning and singing. Some Spanish too! Debbie is loving, has a huge heart, is organized...and fabulous.
Katherine W
We were so lucky to have found Debbie. She provided back-up care when our daughter's preschool was closed for two-week vacation, and accommodated us on short notice. Our first impression of Debbie via phone was that she was very prompt to reply, and easy to work with to set up a visit to make sure we would be a good mutual fit. In person, we found her to be very warm, bubbly, caring, and genuine. Debbie has a few assistants, and on the day we visited, they were engaging the kids with songs in Spanish and preparing lunch (all home cooked). Our daughter had so much fun that after the two-weeks were over, she said that she wanted to go back to Debbie's! Every day, Debbie sent photos of our daughter on their outing, which put my mind at ease and showed what great fun she was having. Debbie is really a kind-hearted gem, and we would highly recommend her.
Brandi K
My son has been with Debbie for a year now and chants "Debbies, Debbies!" when we pull up outside in the mornings. We have been very lucky to have found such a gem of a daycare for Elliot and he truly loves being there.
There are toys and games galore there that Debbie rotates on a regular basis and play areas both inside and outside. They take daily trips to the library and various neighborhood playgrounds so the kids get lots of outdoor time, as well as do art projects, play music/sing, and celebrate birthdays and other holidays. My son, who is a picky eater at home, eats EVERYTHING there, so clearly her home cooked meals are a hit with him.
She has seen my son through walking and talking and has been a great resource in terms of his development and norms (with her 20+ years experience.) He has even started the potty training journey and she's managed to make even that fun for him. So many times he's surprised us with new knowledge or skills and we've gone, "Wow! He must've picked that up at Debbies!" It's no wonder he's excited to go everyday, and that gives us as parents great peace of mind to know our son is in such loving, capable hands. My email is brandikoz at gmail dot com - should you have any further questions about Debbie, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Dawn R
We are so fortune to have found Deborah and Simply for Kids Family Daycare. Our daughter started at 3 months and has been with Deborah for the past year. She looks forward to going and claps with delight as the door is opened for a greeting each morning.

Deborah provides a warm, caring, and educational environment for the children. They are provided home cooked meals, are taken to nearby Golden Gate Park, the library for story time; and have plenty of space to play, read or work on puzzles both in or outdoors at the house.

Deborah knows each child well and serves as an irreplaceable resource about child development. She has been a true partner every step of the way and has helped us (two first-time parents) through introducing solid foods, teething, sleeping schedules and more! She is a huge part of the reason our daughter has developed into a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted toddler.
Meredith L
I would like to post a strong recommendation/reference for "Simply for Kids" family based daycare in the Outer Sunset of SF with Debbie Arana. Debbie Arana has over 20 years of experience in taking care of children of all ages and it really shines through in her work with the kids. My child, Emilia, was under her care from the time she was three months old until 14 months - we had to move away from San Francisco for a job, but I feel sure we will never find anyone as wonderful as Debbie for her care again -- she is unparalleled! Emi loved going to her house every day and would scramble out of my arms as soon as we walked through the door. When Emilia would struggle with something, Debbie would always seek out what could be bothering her, rather than just blame a fussy mood; she really understands kids' needs. Debbie also made sure that the kids had valuable experiences every day - whether it was outside playtime in the park or on a playground, dancing to music, story time, arts/crafts projects, learning a new skill, or individual birthday parties for each child. Debbie is truly someone that I would recommend for anyone looking for a kind, loving, caring, fun, and all around wonderful caregiver for their child. Feel free to contact me by email at if you have any questions at all.
Sarah M
I'm not entirely sure what we're going to do without our Debbie (now that we are moving cross-country). She was our lifesaver when I had to go back to work after maternity leave, and she has been, above and beyond, one of the best parts of our son's day-to-day life. We truly lucked out finding her. She is attentive, caring, kind, intelligent, and an overall wonderful person. Her knowledge, passion, and experience with children shows in her attention, love, and care for them. She is a huge reason why our son has developed into such a playful, fun, smart little boy. We wholeheartedly and with great enthusiasm recommend Debbie. If you want the best for your child, Debbie is the person!
Jennifer R
As new parents, my husband and I have been thrilled to work with Deborah. Simply for Kids is truly designed for kids to play, thrive and creatively engage with other children in a safe and immaculate environment. Deborah's nurturing and soothing nature coupled with her boundless energy makes her a perfect care-taker. The proof is in my son's ear-to-ear smile every time he sees her! We feel lucky to have met Deborah Arana and highly recommend her to anyone seeking child care.

Warm regards, Jennifer R.
Lisa W
I highly recommend Debbie, childcare provider extraordinaire. Debbie was my son's baby nurse for the first few months of his life and has stayed in his life for 6 years as his ongoing regular sitter. She gave my son a healthy and happy start in life.

I cannot imagine anyone you would rather have caring for your child. She is extremely knowledgeable about early childhood stimulation, nutrition, healthcare, safety, and more. She is responsible, trustworthy, organized, energetic, caring, and warm.

She has all certifications (CPR and First Aid), is TB negative, and has been background checked and fingerprinted. Her diction and vocabulary are excellent, an ideal model for your child. Moreover, she is bi-lingual in English and Spanish, so can introduce your child to both languages if that is of interest.

My son adores hers, as do I.
Discount of 5% will be given to a family that has more than one child attending simply for kids daycare. —Offer Expires 12/31/2021
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