Home Daycares in Portland

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Small-scale child care programs near you

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

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Ms. Deb

Play-Based Learning

I earned my BA in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University and I’ve been working with young children ever since. Over the course of my career I have been an Educator, operating my own Family Child Care program in California when my children were younger. I then spent over a decade as a Developmental Specialist working in Early Intervention to help young children and families. My licensed Family Child Care program will cater to children ages one to three, providing development and learning activities specifically tailored to those formative years.


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Ms. Emilienne

Small Class Sizes

Ms. Emilienne’s home daycare in Lewiston caters to infants and toddlers, ages 3 months–5 years. As with every Maine daycare on NeighborSchools, her program is licensed by the Office of Child & Family Services. That way you know providers have completed a 3-part background record check, and that their home environments have passed a detailed health and safety inspection. Ms. Emilienne’s daycare is a great option for parents that want that small-scale, personal feeling with a daycare provider you can develop a real relationship with. Take the survey to see if she has a spot that works for you or check out the full profile for more details.


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Ms. Janelle

Play-Based Learning

When it comes to childcare, a provider's experience and education can make all of the difference. I have my Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Salem State University. Over the past decade I have worked in various childcare settings. Aside from years of babysitting, my first childcare job was at a big center with children ranging from infants to school age. Over my four years there I spent time in each classroom acquiring a plethora of experience. Most importantly I was able to oversee and take part in my niece and nephew’s care as they attended. Family is very important to me and it meant so much to me to have such an influential role in their lives on a daily basis. I left the center to work as a nanny for three young boys while I finished up my degree. As a graduation requirement I was also spending time in two commercial childcare centers. When I graduated, I knew that working in a large childcare center was not for me. Post graduation I met a new family and worked as their nanny for four years. Nannying was a wonderful profession and I have developed strong relationships with the families I have worked for in the past. I was able to care for my nieces and nephews occasionally with my nanny children and create wonderful friendships amongst them. My nanny children became part of my family. While nannying, my continuing education became more focused on mindful practices and emotional intelligence through childhood development. It is my goal to run a program that incorporates the values of family and community while fostering child development and education. I am confident that my vast experience with children and educational background has prepared me for this next step in my career. It has been my goal to open a family child care center in my home for many years and I am very excited to get started!


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Ms. Haley

Infant Care

Children and parents love Ms. Haley’s daycare in Merrimac for its small-scale, personal feel. Fully licensed by the state, her program focuses on infants and toddlers, and the mixed-age range helps children learn to socialize in a small group setting. Parents often prefer home daycare when looking for options that are closer to home, where they can develop a long-term relationship with the provider. Many come to see the provider as an extension of the family, leaning on them for advice on all sorts of parenting questions. Check out Ms. Haley’s full profile and take the survey to see if she is a good match for your family.


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Portland

There are 16 licensed home daycares in Portland. Most parents don’t know that home daycare is regulated by the Office of Child & Family Services, just like the big preschool centers.

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Other daycares near Portland

All of these nearby daycares are licensed by the Office of Child & Family Services. While they don’t work with NeighborSchools, you can visit the government website here to try to contact them directly.

Jenna Hayes

126 Tucker Ave, Portland, ME

Licensed for 8


Jenna Hayes runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Portland. As with all home daycares in Maine, her program is licensed by the Office of Child & Family Services, 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.
Clara Allen

36 Nevens Street, Portland, ME

Licensed for 12


This home daycare in Portland is led by Clara Allen, 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 12 children, this program is a good option for parents close to home near Portland.
Carol Hill

114 Wolcott Street, Portland, ME

License # 489279

Licensed for 12


Home daycares like Carol Hill’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Portland. 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 12 children, so each child gets lots of individualized care while learning to socialize in a small group setting.
Sholeh Misaghian

11 Gertrude Ave, Portland, ME

License # 645944

Licensed for 5


Family child care provider Ms. Sholeh runs this daycare out of her home in Portland, Maine. She’s licensed by the state to care for up to 5 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.
Helen Breña

70 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME

License # 217623

Licensed for 12


A small, local home daycare in nearby Portland, Maine led by Ms. Helen. 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 12 kids.
Lisa Christian

27 Munjoy Street, Portland, ME

License # 207359

Licensed for 6


Parents looking for a small-scale child care often prefer home daycares, like this one with Ms. Lisa in Portland, Maine. 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 6 kids total!
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Even more home daycares in Portland

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Monique Roy

32 Sanborn Street, Portland, ME

License # 681935

Licensed for 5

Kelly Sniper

41 True Street, Portland, ME

License # 682550

Licensed for 5

Lorna Leo

237 Spring St, Portland, ME

License # 686365

Licensed for 12

Sasha Shunk

70 Frost Street, Portland, ME

License # 431298

Licensed for 12

Judith Maloney

45 Olde Birch Lane, Portland, ME

License # 213706

Licensed for 6

Jennifer Doane

28 West Commonwealth Dr, Portland, ME

License # 686827

Licensed for 5

Joan Naigle

38 Ray Street, Portland, ME

Licensed for 12

Brandi Lawrence

89 Lynn Street, Portland, ME

License # 546999

Licensed for 12

Nilo Hejabian

453 Ray Street, Portland, ME

Licensed for 8

Natalie Eide

32 Sara Ln, Portland, ME

License # 667464

Licensed for 6

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FAQs

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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