Home Daycares in Salem

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Full Time
Infant (<15 mths)

Small-scale child care in Salem

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


Ms. Rosario

Play-Based Learning

My journey as a daycare provider began as I was looking for a place for my own young children to spend their days. I wanted them to be able to learn, socialize, and grow - and the more I looked, the more I realized how much I myself had to offer! I knew that I could provide my community with a safe, happy place for learning - and opening my home in this way has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined! Every child that walks through my door has their own special gifts, talents, and personalities, and watching them develop is a joy. I feel so lucky that our days together are full of fun, laughter, and learning.


Ms. Amanda

Play-Based Learning

As a mom of three, life can be busy, but I am at my happiest when I’m around kids. The more you work with kids and help them learn, the more you learn yourself. I started my program because I wanted to create a career around my passion for child care. Plus, I love supporting other parents and sharing my knowledge. When my daughter was in child care, I remember how helpful it was that the program had her on a consistent nap schedule—it made our life at home so much easier! I want to offer that same support to the families in my program and help figure out what works best for their children and their home. I hope parents see Miles of Smiles Childcare as an extension of their family.


Ms. Kendra

Play-Based Learning

I have a bachelor’s degree in medicine, and I worked as a doctor in the Dominican Republic. I have always loved helping people and caring for people, but I never thought I would end up working with kids other than my own. Three years ago, I started working as a behavioral therapist, specifically helping kids with autism and related disorders, and I fell in love with it. I have two kids, and I’m expecting another one. I know the challenges that come with finding the right fit for my own kids, and I have the professional skills to offer a lot of what they’re not getting in their current daycare settings. I know there are other parents who have difficulty sending their kids to daycare, and I want to help solve that problem. I want to be the person who makes the difference.


Ms. Alessandra

Play-Based Learning

When my son was diagnosed with Autism, I knew I wanted to stay home with him to give him every opportunity! I absolutely fell in love working with children and have all the love and patience in the world for them. Opening my own child care program in my home gave me the opportunity to create a warm and friendly environment that I think is so important. I especially love to watch the children express themselves, but the truth is there are so many parts of my day that bring me a lot of joy.

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There is 1 licensed home daycare in Salem. 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 Salem

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.

Maira Guerrero

23 summer st, Salem, MA

License # 426

Licensed for 8 since 2006

Maira Guerrero runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Salem. 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.
Melissa Barnes

51 Dearborn St, Salem, MA

License # 9072822

Licensed for 6 since 1993

This home daycare in Salem is led by Melissa Barnes, 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 Salem.
Kathleen Dugan

10 Lynch St Apt 12, Salem, MA

License # 9081271

Licensed for 6 since 1993

Home daycares like Kathleen Dugan’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Salem. 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.
Carmen Vasquez De Urena

81 Proctor St, 2nd Fl., Salem, MA

License # 9094100

Licensed for 6 since 2022

Family child care provider Ms. Carmen runs this daycare out of her home in Salem, 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.
Ivonne Rentas

100 CONGRESS ST, 2nd Fl., Salem, MA

License # 9080539

Licensed for 6 since 2022

A small, local home daycare in nearby Salem, Massachusetts led by Ms. Ivonne. 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.

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