Home Daycares in Dorchester

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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

As an Infant/Toddler Educator, I am dedicated to creating and maintaining the highest quality of care that encourages children to develop their fullest potential in all areas of development, socially and emotionally. With more than 13 years of experience, I believe each child is a uniquely important individual.


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. 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. Ana

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.

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There are 45 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. 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.

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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.

Katherine Montas

575 Park Street #3, Dorchester, MA

License # 9032958

Licensed for 6 since 2008

Katherine Montas 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’s completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. Home daycares like this are a great option for parents looking for small-scale, personalized child care.
Sherie Seymore

703 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 0000561

Licensed for 6 since 2001

This home daycare in Dorchester is led by Sherie Seymore, 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.
Junia Marcelin

68 Edwin Street, Dorchester Center, MA

License # 9030446

Licensed for 6 since 2005

Home daycares like Junia Marcelin’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Dorchester Center. 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 6 children, so each child gets lots of individualized care while learning to socialize in a small group setting.
Latia Brown-Coley

3 Remington Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9030800

Licensed for 6 since 2017

Family child care provider Ms. Latia runs this daycare out of her home in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She’s licensed by the state to care for up to 6 children, which means she’s 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.
Melania Mejia

81 Mora Street Apt #2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9038116

Licensed for 10 since 2019

A small, local home daycare in nearby Dorchester, Massachusetts led by Ms. Melania. 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 10 kids.
Adalgisa Mendez

586 Adams St # 1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9031133

Licensed for 10 since 1999

Parents looking for a small-scale child care often prefer home daycares, like this one with Ms. Adalgisa in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Better ratios, more flexible schedules, and lots of love for the little ones are the keys. Most daycares take a mix of ages, which helps with childhood development as infants learn from toddlers, and the preschoolers act as role models for the babies. And this daycare takes a maximum of 10 kids total!

Even more home daycares in Dorchester

You’d be surprised just how many small-scale child care programs there are in Dorchester. to find options that work for you.

Damaris Candelario

14 Victory Rd # 1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9027371

Licensed for 8 since 2001

Flora Bannis

75 Brent Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9033204

Licensed for 10 since 2009

Aesha Shaheed

541 Adams Street #37, Dorchester, MA

License # 9030930

Licensed for 4 since 2010

Hope Fitzgerald

38 Harvard Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 0000078

Licensed for 8 since 2008

Rosa Gomez

108 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9031377

Licensed for 10 since 2005

Daysi Rodriguez

68 Norfolk Street # 1, Dorchester Center, MA

License # 9030302

Licensed for 10 since 2008

Sonia Farquharson

142 Whitfield Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9030094

Licensed for 10 since 2002

Quyen Do

53 Shepton Street #2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9028549

Licensed for 8 since 2005

Lydia Ortiz

118 Millet Street #1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9047214

Licensed for 10 since 2016

Carmen Ortiz

11a Shafter St, Dorchester, MA

License # 9037139

Licensed for 10 since 2001

Carmen Martrinez

17 Dunlap St #1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9040497

Licensed for 8 since 2001

Loleeta Barnes

66 Colonial Avenue, Dorchester, MA

License # 9033351

Licensed for 8 since 1999

Kathleen M Mullen

30 Roseclair St # 1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9037345

Licensed for 6 since 1983

Paulette Simeon

60 Dickens Street # 1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9037479

Licensed for 8 since 2015

Mayelin Santana

60 Church Street #1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9028145

Licensed for 10 since 2013

Yvonne Malcolm

90 Fairmount Street #1, Dorchester, MA

License # 0000652

Licensed for 8 since 2015

Maritza Crespo

58 Greenwich Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9033499

Licensed for 8 since 2000

Denise Rose

1617 Dorchester Avenue #2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9033568

Licensed for 6 since 2018

Raquel Hebbert

62 Dix St Apt 2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9028117

Licensed for 6 since 2010

Keionia Jefferson

10 Greenwood Street Apt.c, Dorchester, MA

License # 9030597

Licensed for 6 since 2009

Loretta Jacobs

95 Harvard Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 9027517

Licensed for 8 since 2010

Carmen Hidalgo-Derosa

285 Centre Street # 1, Dorchester, MA

License # 0000654

Licensed for 10 since 2003

Maria Depina

15 Torrey St, Dorchester Center, MA

License # 9026869

Licensed for 10 since 2010

Cheryl Whitaker

129 Wilmington Avenue, Dorchester, MA

License # 9031722

Licensed for 8 since 1996

Yolanda Ortega

7 Leslie Street Apt. 1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9030997

Licensed for 10 since 2001

Juana Vittini Volquez

47 Alpha Rd. # 2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9024677

Licensed for 6 since 2016

Gayle Sutton

43 Athelwold Street, Dorchester, MA

License # 0000746

Licensed for 10 since 2000

Daisy Ramos

55 Centre Street #1, Dorchester, MA

License # 9031282

Licensed for 10 since 2003

Iraida Dominici

9 Harvard Park, Dorchester, MA

License # 0000509

Licensed for 6 since 2018

Thuy Nguyen

29 Larchmont St Apt 1, Dorchester Center, MA

License # 9025187

Licensed for 6 since 2004

Sandra Pena

31 Claybourne St. Apt 2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9029300

Licensed for 10 since 2005

Glenda Lara Lara

7 Wainwright Street, 2nd Floor, Dorchester, MA

License # 9046540

Licensed for 6 since 2019

Lislbetty Castillo

41 Greenbrier St Apt 2, Dorchester, MA

License # 9052700

Licensed for 10 since 2020

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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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