Home Daycares in Scarborough

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Ms. Carla

Play-Based Learning

We opened our doors in June of 1996, so I’ve been licensed and up and running for 24 years now! I earned a Child Development Associate (CDA) and also an Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree. I am a part of a provider’s food program, where we follow USDA guidelines and are subject to 3-4 unannounced monitoring visits per year. I’m also an Early Head Start provider, from whom I’m also subject to two unannounced monthly visits to ensure I am teaching the kids what they recommend. Additionally, I’m a member of the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC). So how did I get here? It began in high school, when I participated in a program teaching early childhood education. Even before then, as a little girl I’d always be playing teacher, taking the lead in taking care of the children that were around when we had company over. I decided to start my own program when I had children, because daycare was so expensive and working with children was something I loved to do and wanted to invest time into. I had experience, education (studying Early Childhood Education during undergraduate studies), a passion, and felt motivated by the ability to help my own children and the larger community of parents and kids. I love everything about kids, how can you not?! I love helping them build confidence in themselves and making learning fun. I take a lot of pride in building caring relationships with both the children and their caregivers. I value healthy communication and I strive to listen and not always offer advice! I am friendly, approachable, and have a deep knowledge and passion for the kids. I look at every child that walks into the door and see them as my own. I treat each child like I’d want my own to be treated. I want every parent to drop their child off and feel comfortable that their child is safe and well cared for. I put a lot of passion into what I do, and after over two decades of experience, I am proud of the program that I’ve built and the care I give to the children.


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Ms. Kelsey

Montessori Approach

I am a stay-at-home mother to two awesome children. Through becoming a mother, I have found a passion in raising children. I believe that children are little people and they deserve to be treated as such. I value and respect children. I use gentle guidance, redirection, and positive reinforcement. I encourage being mindful and deep breathing to process and understand big feelings. My program is rooted in the Montessori philosophy that I use with my own children. I guide children in a way that focuses on play and exploration and also fosters independence through everyday, practical life activities. My goal is to have an environment that is enriching, fun, and warm, like home. I believe children need to feel comfortable and respected to truly thrive to their fullest potential.


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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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Scarborough

There are 7 licensed home daycares in Scarborough. 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 Scarborough

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.

Mary Ghosheh

40 Beech Ridge Road, Scarborough, ME

Licensed for 12


Mary Ghosheh runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Scarborough. 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.
Jennifer Pallotta

123 Ashswamp Rd, Scarborough, ME

License # 407534

Licensed for 12


This home daycare in Scarborough is led by Jennifer Pallotta, 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 Scarborough.
Johanna Mutrie

8 Arbor View Lane, Scarborough, ME

License # 628744

Licensed for 12


Home daycares like Johanna Mutrie’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Scarborough. 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.
Kim Clavette

4 Edgewater, Scarborough, ME

License # 213602

Licensed for 6


Family child care provider Ms. Kim runs this daycare out of her home in Scarborough, Maine. 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.
Diane Gonneville

93 Holmes Road, Scarborough, ME

License # 208871

Licensed for 12


A small, local home daycare in nearby Scarborough, Maine led by Ms. Diane. 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.
Leah Kane

160 Holmes Road, Scarborough, ME

License # 376402

Licensed for 8


Parents looking for a small-scale child care often prefer home daycares, like this one with Ms. Leah in Scarborough, 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 8 kids total!
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Linda Huntley

38 Willowdale Rd, Scarborough, ME

License # 209628

Licensed for 8

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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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