About the GGKA


The Golden Gate Kindergarten Association is a non-profit organization in San Francisco, California, with a dual mission: we run a preschool for children 2 through 5 years old in San Francisco, known as the Phoebe A. Hearst Preschool Learning Center, and we also currently hold the Rhoda Kellogg collection of children’s art.

Since its founding in 1879 by Phoebe A. Hearst, Jane Lathrop Stanford and Miranda Lux, three prominent San Franciscans, the Golden Gate Kindergarten Association has served as a progressive force in the education and well-being of young children in San Francisco. By 1896, the Association had expanded to 40 kindergartens serving more than 3,500 children. The Association began a period of consolidation following the institution of state-mandated public kindergartens in 1913. By 1965, the Association’s two remaining schools were merged to form the Phoebe A. Hearst Preschool Learning Center at its current location at 1315 Ellis Street.

Rhoda Kellogg served as the school’s director for many years. Ms. Kellogg’s legacy and belief that children excel when given the opportunity to create and explore continues to inform the preschool program. The school’s curriculum is creative and innovative, drawing from the best educational models, and incorporating important educational concepts including emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.