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Ms. Elisa

Musical Chairs Daycare

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

Helping kiddos grow through socialization and play

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.

Sensory play
Reading time
Arts & crafts
Circle time
Sensory tables
Seasonal activities
Drawing & illustration

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 #9030239

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. Elisa

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I went to college for psychology and afterward began working with senior citizens first. Over time, my positions took me to younger and younger people until I was working with children who had gone through trauma. I worked with these children for four years before nannying for two years while I had my own children. By 2011, I was ready to have something of my own and continue in the child care field that I loved. Having a family child care program allowed me to not only work with children but also have the consistency that my family and the families I work with needed. I’m so glad I did because it is the most rewarding job anyone could have! We also just received an award for Best Child Care in Peabody in 2019, which is a huge affirmation of the work we’re doing.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

I work with many special needs children and I so enjoy helping them achieve milestones and meet higher levels of development. My favorite part is when we’ve been working very hard to advance the child to the next stage and then something clicks. Parent’s relief in that progress and the role that I get to play in helping the children grow is a huge motivator for me to the best provider I can. I want to see as many kids as possible come through my program and leave as strong as they can. Education, particularly learning through play, and socialization are huge in my program. The first day of kindergarten can be difficult and starting the process of socialization beforehand makes a huge difference. I want to make the kiddos and their parents’ whole journeys as easy as possible.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

We utilize two floors in my home and separate activities and expectations based on where we are in the home. When we’re upstairs in the living room and kitchen, the kids learn to behave with a little more restraint. For example, we bring up activities like arts and crafts and blocks one at a time to the living room, so to help with the children’s focus. Downstairs we have the playroom, where the whole floor is theirs! It is fully carpeted so that the kids can roam around in safety. We have the bean bag room, a dramatic play area, blocks and balls, and a little kitchen set among many other toys and fun activities. It’s important for the children to learn that different behavior is okay in different environments, and that there is a when and where for everything. We’ve also got the most colorful orange walls, with yellow accent walls, and clouds painted all over the upstairs area. Nowhere is just white! For outdoor space we have a fully enclosed yard with a little playhouse castle, a box-slide, a sand table, a water table, and gardens. Gardening is a huge part of my program. Every age group participates as much as they can with watering, putting the seeds in the ground, etc. We grow produce, which encourages those children who don’t usually eat their veggies to do so because they’ve watched it grow and they want to taste it! We go outside every day, weather permitting. Because I have an assistant, we can keep outdoor time to age-appropriate children only if it’s a little too chilly for the younger kids.

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Every day, through engagement in the arts, our children learn to open their imagination, to dream just a little bigger and to strive every day to reach those dreams.

~ Michelle Obama

Reviews & References

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


My daughter started at Musical Chairs when she was just 6 months old and stayed there until 3.5 years old. We had a great experience while we were there, my daughter loves Lisa and some of her assistants like family! The daycare is clean, fun, and organized and I always felt like my daughter’s needs were well met. Lisa was patient with my daughter as she potty trained and really took on the bulk of the work of it since she was with her all day. My daughter made really close friendships with the other kids at daycare, which I think was a great benefit of being at a small in-home location, and we were really sad to leave them as she transitioned to pre-school.


We sent our daughter to Ms. Elisa and could not have been happier! With our jobs having us on the road a lot, we felt extremely comfortable and assured she was in great hands. Ms. Elisa is very experienced and to this day our daughter still brings up the great times she had while in Ms. Elisa’s care. Have and will continue to always recommend anyone looking into a home daycare/early education to send your little ones to Ms. Elisa.


We absolutely love Miss Elisa! The experience she has given my daughters has been exactly what we needed after the pandemic. My girls have so much fun with all the toys, animals & activities Miss Elisa offers! I know when I bring my children to her daycare that they are safe, happy & well cared for.


I have been bringing my two sons to Musical Chairs Daycare for 5 years - Elisa and her staff have always been reliable and wonderful with my children! I highly recommend this daycare- the the best I’ve experienced as a parent.

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. Elisa’s NeighborSchool11 Ellsworth Rd Peabody, MA 01960(978) 981-1696(978) 981-1696

There are 4 home daycares in Peabody. 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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