Home Daycares in Dorchester

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Full Time
Infant (<15 mths)

Small-scale child care in Dorchester

When smaller is better, home daycare is the best. Find great options for infants & toddlers near you.


Ms. Claudette

Play-Based Learning

I love to see the joy that lights up their faces when they learn something new and how proud they are to not only tell you but show what they are able to do. I believe young children need to be natured


Ms. Dixil

Play-Based Learning

I started working with children as an early childhood educator in daycare centers 24 years ago, and I have been caring for children ever since. Opening my own child care program in my home gave me the opportunity to create the welcoming, nurturing environment that I think is so important. I especially love to see them start to walk and talk, but the truth is that so many parts of the day and the week bring me a lot of joy. Through it all, I focus on giving children personalized attention. One of the best parts of working with children is watching them learn and grow. The work is incredibly rewarding, especially when I think about how I've prepared children for pre-K. It's such a gift to guide the children in my program as they grow.


Ms. Vileisis

Play-Based Learning

Prior experience is important when it comes to taking care of children. Childcare has been part of my life for as long as I can remember! Growing up, my mom had her own daycare program in our home, and I learned a lot from watching her and from being part of a care community at a young age. As a result, I know just what it takes to make a home daycare work! As a mother now myself, I understand even more about providing quality care at all times and working together with parents as partners. I work hard to make sure my home is a place where children are happy and learning every day, and where parents can feel sure that their child is safe and receiving the best care possible.


Ms. Marisela

Arts & Music

As any parent knows, children just bring so much joy into your life. Everything is so new to them, and their excitement about the smallest things makes everyone around them excited, too. They make you realize how special it is to be in the world. Children have always been a big part of my life. I’ve worked as a daycare assistant for three years, and I’ve also had three kids of my own. Watching them grow up is so rewarding, and I decided to open a daycare so I could help local families. As a mother, I know it’s not easy to find caregivers you can trust. The kids in my small program will have the individual attention they need to really flourish.

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There are 11 licensed home daycares in Dorchester. Most parents don’t know that home daycare is regulated by the Department of Early Education and Care, just like the big preschool centers.

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Ms. Emmy

Play-Based Learning

Working with children is so heartwarming because they encourage community. When children feel safe and supported, they can be so beautifully social and welcoming. At this age, they are learning how to make new friends and starting to make connections. Through play time, it’s incredible to see what they come up with together. Lunch is also a great opportunity for them to come out of their shells and get to know one another. A good day here is one full of laughter and good conversations.


Ms. Learning

Play-Based Learning

My favorite thing about caring for children is that they start to show you their little personalities. That has been a highlight for me throughout my 5 years of experience working with young kids. I’m a mom and most recently I have been running my own program. People have said that I create an environment that is friendly and comfortable. I focus on children's wellbeing, and I especially love to watch them express themselves. I’m proud when I think about all the children I've helped grow and learn. That's what makes this work so special.


Ms. Cindy

Play-Based Learning

I grew up teaching in my church from children, junior’s, youth ministry, and seniors. As I got older and had my daughter, I began helping out and working at my relatives’ family child care programs. Three people in my immediate family have programs of their own, so I felt encouraged to start one myself! It allowed me the flexibility I wanted and the ability to be home with my daughter. This coupled with the fact that my background was in teaching early age children, it was a perfect fit. When I decided to start my program, I also pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education so that I would be able to better meet the needs of the children. I knew there was something special in the smaller group setting of family child care and it’s been great so far. Especially because my favorite part of working with children is seeing that little lightbulb go off in their minds when they learn something new. This is what drives me to flexible, restructure my own thinking and teaching styles to fit each individual child. Each child challenges me to continually learn and think, how can I help this child today based on their abilities, skills, and learning style?


Ms. Nakia

Montessori Approach

I’m Nakia Reyes, born and raised in Greater-Boston. Since I was a young girl, I’ve dreamed and prepared to open a school. As a little one in foster care, I naturally fell into a motherly, yet collaborative role of helping my younger foster sibling learn about the world around them and how to move through it. Encouraged by my foster mother, who was a natural teacher and encouraged independence, I knew by age 10 that I wanted to be a teacher and open my own school. Now, 25+ years later, I’ve taken my years of education, New England Montessori Teacher Education Center training, and experience in a variety of roles in schools throughout Boston to bring the holistic Montessori educational experience to children in the Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods. I love everything about children. I enjoy talking with them about what they’re experiencing and listening to the funny things they say. I also appreciate how honest they are. My favorite part of working with children is navigating life with them and learning who each child is as an individual. My favorite activities to do with the kids are anything that involves a smock. Long-term messy projects are the best - anything that gets the sensory skills of the kids working and growing. These types of activities with the Montessori teaching method help me connect with the children and dive deeper into their learning.


Ms. Frankie

Play-Based Learning

Home daycare programs are a great first step in a child’s life outside the home, and I’m so happy to be able to use my training and experience to start young kids off on the right foot! I worked as a personal care attendant with children on the autism spectrum, have a degree in psychology and a certification in art therapy, and have two kids of my own – and all along my journey had the dream of opening my own home daycare. What I love most about what I do is that I get to help children learn and move forward in their development every day. There is nothing more rewarding than that!


Ms. Ajanee

Infant Care

A small-scale daycare, Ms. Ajanee provides care for just 6 children at a time. As with all home daycares, her program is licensed by the state and she has completed training in childhood ages & stages, medication administration, and food safety. In this mixed-age group program, children get the socialization, stimulation and support they need to learn and grow. Parents are often surprised to discover home daycares like Ms. Ajanee right in the neighborhood. See more details and take the survey to see if she has an opening for your little one.


Ms. Maria

Healthy Meals & Snacks

A small-scale daycare, Ms. Maria provides care for just 10 children at a time. As with all home daycares, her program is licensed by the state and she has completed training in childhood ages & stages, medication administration, and food safety. In this mixed-age group program, children get the socialization, stimulation and support they need to learn and grow. Parents are often surprised to discover home daycares like Ms. Maria right in the neighborhood. See more details and take the survey to see if she has an opening for your little one.

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Other daycares near Dorchester

All of these nearby daycares are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. While they don’t work with NeighborSchools, you can visit the government website here to try to contact them directly.

Belgica Altagracia Marte Reynoso

9 Harvard Park #2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9078955

Licensed for 6 since 2021

Belgica Altagracia Marte Reynoso runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Dorchester. As with all home daycares in Massachusetts, her program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, which ensures that she has completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. Home daycares like this are a great option for parents looking for small-scale, personalized child care.
Loretta Jacobs

95 Harvard Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9052605

Licensed for 6 since 2010

This home daycare in Dorchester is led by Loretta Jacobs, a licensed Family Child Care educator. By choosing licensed child care, you can rest assured that the provider has passed a government-issued background record check, and that the home daycare environment has been inspected by the state licensing department. With a maximum of just 6 children, this program is a good option for parents close to home near Dorchester.
Hope Fitzgerald

38 Harvard Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 78

Licensed for 8 since 2008

Home daycares like Hope Fitzgerald’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Dorchester. All daycares on NeighborSchools are fully licensed, so you know they’ve passed a background record check and educators have completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. This daycare takes just 8 children, so each child gets lots of individualized care while learning to socialize in a small group setting.
Cindy Miranda

751 Washington Street #4, Dorchester, MA

License # 9082048

Licensed for 6 since 2021

Family child care provider Ms. Cindy runs this daycare out of her home in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She is licensed by the state to care for up to 6 children, which means she has completed required trainings and continuing education hours. Family child care programs can be a great fit for parents that want their child to get lots of individualized care and attention.
Ivelisse Avila

27 Harvard Street #2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9077226

Licensed for 6 since 2021

A small, local home daycare in nearby Dorchester, Massachusetts led by Ms. Ivelisse. Many parents choose home daycares because the small group sizes can be great for infant and toddler development, and they are often more affordable than preschool centers. This child care program takes just 6 kids.

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We know how hard finding good child care can be - especially for first-time parents. But really good care is what gives you the peace of mind to go back to work and feel confident that your child is getting the stimulation, socialization, and support they need to learn and grow.

So we created NeighborSchools to make this piece of parenthood a whole lot easier. We say “easier” because, let’s be honest, it’s still a big thing to figure out, but working together we can help you find some good options, understand the whole process, and choose a program you’ll feel really good about.

Most first-time parents don’t know exactly what they’re looking for, so we created a simple survey that will ask you questions about your lifestyle, your daily routines, and your preferences for child care. We’ll then share 3 personalized recommendations that we think might be a good fit. We’ll also give you a timeline that maps out when we would suggest you start touring programs, choose a daycare, and pay a deposit to secure a spot. Your timeline is based on when you want to start care - so you set the pace, and you decide when you’ve found the right match.

Nope. Our daycare recommendation service is free for parents. The other half of our business is helping these small-scale daycares with software and services that handle all their administrative tasks, like online contracting, payment processing, and licensing requirements. Before NeighborSchools, services like these were only designed for large corporate child care centers, and part of our mission is to level the playing field for small, independent child care programs. That’s why we picked the name NeighborSchools - we’re all about making child care more personal, more human, and more equitable for the incredible individuals who do this work and care for our children.

Generally, if you’re here, you’re ready. The survey lets us give you 3 recommendations to consider, but it’ll also help you better understand what factors to consider, and what questions to be asking right now. It’s simple things like where you live, your child’s date of birth, when you want to start care, and if you have any preferences around program philosophy or language of instruction. If you’re planning 6+ months ahead, it’s a great way to get started, and if you’re hoping to start daycare in the next 2-4 months, it’s definitely time to get started. Click here to start the survey.

Each program has a limited number of spots for each age range, so we need to know your schedule and child’s age before we can share availability. The survey covers these basics, as well as factors like drop-off and pick-up times to make sure that recommended programs fit your daily routine. Once we know your child’s age and schedule we can share rates and costs as well.

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