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Ms. Valeria

Little Fun Schoolhouse

Licensed home daycare
Mattapan, MA
Where children learn and play with friends!

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.

Outdoor play
Sensory tables
Sensory play
Arts & crafts
Reading time
Gross motor skills development
Seasonal 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.

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 #9053516

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. Valeria

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

Growing up in Puerto Rico, a neighbor of mine would always bring her daughter over to our house for me to babysit. I was young watching another kid, but I loved it. After I moved to the states, my mother-in-law had her own home daycare and I worked there for nearly three years. Now I work as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool nearby and have a two-year-old son named Diego. I’ve been working with children my whole life and wouldn’t want to do anything else. I decided to start my own program because I’ve been able to learn more while being an Assistant Teacher, plus I’ve done training and received certifications, which has been hugely motivating.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

Something I love about children is how quickly they learn, and in how many different ways they do so. My goal is to teach them as opposed to simply watching them. I want them to be prepared to start school when they leave my program. I also enjoy feeling like a kid again when I’m with the children - they are so fun! I ensure they have a great time at my child care program, while learning a lot. At the end of the day, they know that I am taking care of them as if they were my own.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

My favorite activities are at the table - drawing, painting, using our imagination. I also read stories in different voices to keep things interesting and fun. We have a large room that has dedicated spaces for the various activities we do, such as reading, playing, eating, and learning. My home is easily accessible by public transportation as well!

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If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.

~ Nicolette Sowder

Reviews & References

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

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Virginia

My, now 2 year old son, has been going to Ms. Valeria's NeighborSchool since we moved to the Boston area 6 months ago. We are so thankful we found her! Since starting at her school, my son comes home singing his ABCs, counting and talking non-stop (not that we always know what he's talking about) but he clearly loves going there. Ms. Valeria has been instrumental in helping potty train my son and in times of COVID, she has been very good about keeping my son safe, closing the school if any other child isn't feeling well, which we appreciate very much. I highly recommend Ms. Valeria.

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Kali

I've known Valeria for several years and seen her both in a daycare setting and with her young son. She's an excellent mother and so wonderful with young children. Not only is she patient, she also cares so deeply about the health and development of the children she cares for! She even made her son his baby food from scratch! Valeria has created a beautiful learning environment in her new daycare.

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Franchesca

Valeria is really good at working with children. She is committed to helping kids and people in the community. She is great at creating new games and activities for the kids - and always committed to safety. She is patient and calm, and very communicative. I 100% recommend her.

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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Location

Ms. Valeria’s NeighborSchool119 Lorna Road Mattapan, MA 02126(857) 477-7175(857) 477-7175

There are 21 home daycares in Southern Mattapan, MA. 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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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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