Home Daycares in Brookline

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Infant (<15 mths)

Small-scale child care in Brookline

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


Ms. Carmen

Play-Based Learning

Daycare providers who have lots of experience with children can be so helpful to families. As a mother to three children at different ages and stages, I know all about how to care for little ones as they grow. I’ve learned so much since I had my first baby, and I use this knowledge to make sure all my daycare kids are happy and learning every day. What I love most about having my own program is being able to prepare so many kids for success in school. Knowing that they will be excited and ready when it’s time for them to take that next big step into preschool or elementary school means a lot to me.



Play-Based Learning

We are Wei and JianJun. My wife, JianJun, and I began our Family Child Care program in August of 2019 and have loved it more and more every day. My wife previously worked at a large child care center for a year and a half with more than 100 children enrolled. While there, she found it difficult to provide as high quality of care as she’d like with such high enrollment. We decided to bring her high level of care to children in a smaller setting, thus starting our own family child care program. We have both worked in the academic world for most of our lives and raised a daughter who is now in her early 20’s. JianJun has the Child Development Associate Credential and we are licensed through the EEC. We’ve taken courses in Child Development and continue to study different theories of how best to educate the children. We feel that we are learning just as much as the children are!


Ms. Meena

Play-Based Learning

Kids are so much fun to be around! The work I do makes me so happy, brings a lot of liveliness and joy into my home and makes me feel hopeful for the future. I’ve always felt it was my calling to work with kids - and when I had my own, becoming a home provider allowed me to be with them while still using my teaching skills – so it was a perfect fit. Forty years later – it still is! I was even lucky enough to have my grandchildren in my program! That was so special - but really, each and every child I have cared for over the years is very special to me.


Ms. Pamela

Play-Based Learning

I've been in childcare for over 20 years! This is my life's work, to nurture, love and educate little ones. I'm so happy to finally have my own family child care for the kiddos around the corner! I started working with children as a child care professional in private homes 22 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 nurturing, friendly environment that I think is so important. I especially love to watch them express themselves, 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 children's wellbeing. One of the best parts of working with children is that they all need love and care. The work is incredibly rewarding, especially when I think about all the children I've helped grow and learn. It's such a gift to guide the children in my program as they grow.

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There are 16 licensed home daycares in Brookline. 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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Other daycares near Brookline

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.

Alicia Peyrano

152 Aspinwall Avenue #1, Brookline, MA

License # 9028500

Licensed for 10 since 1999

Alicia Peyrano runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Brookline. 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.
Carmen Harvey

589 Washington Street, Brookline, MA

License # 9028155

Licensed for 6 since 2011

This home daycare in Brookline is led by Carmen Harvey, 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 Brookline.
Melissa Dulla

58 Verndale Street, Brookline, MA

License # 9031523

Licensed for 6 since 2012

Home daycares like Melissa Dulla’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Brookline. 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.
Martha Portocarrero

73 Egmont Street #2, Brookline, MA

License # 9030816

Licensed for 5 since 2005

Family child care provider Ms. Martha runs this daycare out of her home in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is licensed by the state to care for up to 5 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.
Melody Toorish

127 Westbourne Terrace #1, Brookline, MA

License # 9033269

Licensed for 10 since 1991

A small, local home daycare in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts led by Ms. Melody. 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.
Larisa Shabelskiy

709 Hammond Street, Brookline, MA

License # 9033549

Licensed for 10 since 2001

Parents looking for a small-scale child care often prefer home daycares, like this one with Ms. Larisa in Brookline, 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!
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Even more home daycares in Brookline

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Laurie Lasky

18 Greenough Circle, Brookline, MA

License # 9030355

Licensed for 10 since 1998

Tatyana Sultalieva

709 - 711 Hammond Street, Brookline, MA

License # 9027588

Licensed for 6 since 2007

Nelly Langlais

125 Kent Street, Brookline, MA

License # 9030019

Licensed for 10 since 1990

Vasantha Avadhani

1870 Beacon St Apt 2, Brookline, MA

License # 9029192

Licensed for 10 since 2002

Maria Prandi

51 Egmont St Apt 1, Brookline, MA

License # 9027215

Licensed for 5 since 2010

Kazuko Dyas

31 Harris Street Apt 202, Brookline, MA

License # 9029312

Licensed for 6 since 2005

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Your family is unique to you, but some of your questions might not be. 😉 Here’s what most parents want to know when starting out.

What is NeighborSchools?

Hey there, nice to meet you 👋 We’re a new-ish startup that helps new-ish parents find daycare.

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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