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Ms. Ellen

Ellen's Home Daycare

Licensed home daycare
Acton, MA
7:30am–5:30pm, M - F

Play based daycare focused on children ages 1-3

Great for parents who want...

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A Few Favorite Activities

Activities are designed to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills as they sing, dance, play, and learn in a small group setting.

Circle time
Gross motor skills development
Seasonal activities
Reading time
Outdoor play
Fine motor skills development
Arts & crafts

Activities are designed to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills as they sing, dance, play, and learn in a small group setting.

Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.

About the Provider

Licensed Family Child Care Educator
License #57618

Licensing Requirements
  • Background record checked

    Government-level CORI, SORI, and fingerprinting

  • Home inspected for child safety

    Thorough assessment by a licensor from the EEC

  • Health & safety training

    Includes annual professional development hours

Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.

Q&A with Ms. Ellen

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I believe that providing a positive and nurturing environment will instill lessons that will last a lifetime! As an avid practitioner of play-based learning, I am always looking for fun themed activities, games and crafts that will be interesting for infants and toddlers using a lot of materials that is readily available around the house. I also use Funshine Express buttercups curriculum for themed arts and crafts designed for ages one to three years old. With a background in Business Administration and long-time business owner, I run my daycare with a healthy mix of flexibility and the predictable structure that children thrive on. I like to spend my free time with my two teenagers and husband traveling to different places, cooking healthy foods, trying international cuisines and watching movies together as a family.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

I started my daycare business eighteen years ago because I absolutely love being around young children! I am passionate about providing families with a safe and loving environment for their children to develop and grow. As a committed early childhood educator, my purpose is to make children feel comfortable, happy, safe, nurtured and loved while in my home. The children provide me endless opportunities for self-expression of love, understanding, patience, warmth, creativity, fun and simple joy. Taking care of children is hard work, but they truly spice up my life and keep me feeling young at heart. I'm licensed to care for up to ten children in my daycare from newborn to 3 years old; am very excited to meet new families and to provide their children with quality care in my home!

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Reviews & References

Here’s the inside scoop from other parents that have worked with Ms. Ellen.


When we found out that I was pregnant, we knew we wanted to send our little bundle to a home daycare setting. When we met Ellen and saw how caring, nurturing, creative and organized she was, we knew we found the one. Our little bundle was born 7 weeks early and Ellen has been amazing through the whole process. We cannot imagine anyone else caring for our child. She works on his motor weaknesses and carries over what the therapists suggest. We know when we drop our bundle off, that he is in the best care, he will be exposed to all sorts of fun, creative environments and we know he is having fun. At drop off, our bundle cannot get out of my arms quick enough to get to Ellen's Home Daycare. As working parents, we are at ease knowing that our bundle is in such great care.


Our son has attended Ellen's Daycare for about a year from age of two to about three. From the first meeting with Ellen and throughout the year, we felt very comfortable, safe and secure knowing that he is in an environment filled with love and care during the day. Ellen and Jane are just great! They are very responsive and keep parents updated on everything related to children's activities during the day. The monthly photo collages are just an example of things that Ellen does to show us what they do. Ellen's daycare is filled with love and care and you feel it the moment you come in to talk to Ellen and every time you drop off your child. I would highly recommend Ellen's Daycare to anyone and would absolutely sign my son up again!

Rates & Openings

Daycare rates depend on how old your child will be and what your schedule looks like. 5 days / week might get a slight discount, and infant rates are usually more than toddlers’. Finding a spot also depends on age and schedule because each daycare has a limited number of openings for each age range.

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Ms. Ellen’s NeighborSchool52 Hayward Road Acton, MA 01720(978) 893-5809(978) 893-5809

There is 1 home daycare in Acton. Most care for 6 to 10 children and take both infants and toddlers. All home daycares are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, just like preschool centers.

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