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Ms. Donna

Stoneham Daycare, Donna Gallinaro

Licensed home daycare
Stoneham, MA
8am–5:30pm, M - F

Where children grow and thrive, together!

Great for parents who want...

Each daycare has its own approach and specialties based on the provider’s expertise. Take the survey to see daycares that match your preferences and work best for you.Each daycare has its own approach & specialties. Take the survey to see 3 good matches for you.

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.

Arts & crafts
Drawing & illustration
Fine motor skills development
Gross motor skills development
Music
Outdoor play
Puzzles
Reading time

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 #9049511

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. Donna

What inspires you to care for young children?

Children have such kind hearts and boundless good energy. At this young age, children are so enthusiastic about being a part of something, and they can be so welcoming to one another. Their excitement makes you excited. Whether it’s singing, dancing, story time, or arts and crafts, they are so open to new experiences and it just makes you want to join in, too! To see the world through the bright eyes of a child is so refreshing.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

Kids will never be bored here! My program strives to create a warm and welcoming environment that makes children excited to join in with every new activity. In the summer, kids cool off in the backyard kiddie pool. In the fall, they admire and play with the leaves. In the winter, there’s usually plenty of snow, and it’s such a joy watching them make snow angels and build snowmen. Children bring an awesome sense of awe and creativity to the natural world. Animal lovers will also be thrilled to know that I have a sweet, 6-month-old Collie named Angel that the kids can play with!

What’s one thing parents should know about your program?

Communication is at the heart of this program. Children will be encouraged to speak their minds and to listen to one another. Daycare is such a great thing for young children because they can be around people their own age and develop their social skills. Additionally, parents should know that their questions and concerns will also be heard. Parents often tell me that my open communication style and gentle guidance has helped put their minds at ease. After 25 years of being a caregiver (which includes raising two daughters and helping with their children), I am eager to share my knowledge and connect with local families.

Think Ms. Donna might be a good fit?

Find out if she has a spot for you. It’s 100% free and takes just 5 minutes.

If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.

~ Alfie Kohn

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. Donna’s NeighborSchool21 Cherry Ave Stoneham, MA 02180(617) 765-1972(617) 765-1972

There are 2 home daycares in Stoneham. 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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