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Ms. Jelissa

Tots Learn & Play Daycare

Licensed home daycare
Bronx, NY
7:30am–6pm, M - F

A bilingual program where we play, dance and thrive together!

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.

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

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 #878884

Prior Experience
  • Parent

    1 child

  • Daycare Assistant

    2 years experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age

  • Nanny

    8 years experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age

Education
  • Graduate Degree - 2022

    Masters in Child psychology & development

  • Bachelor’s Degree - 2018

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology

  • Associate’s Degree - 2016

    Associates of Science in Psychology

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. Jelissa

What inspires you to care for young children?

The bonds that form while working with kids are just priceless. There is a real sense of community in my program. The kids learn from me and from one another, and friendships really blossom here. My childcare journey started with babysitting my nephews, which I did for eight years! I found so much joy in being part of their growth and development, and that led me to work as a daycare assistant while in college. When I had my own child, I realized how much of a struggle it is to find a high quality daycare that’s also affordable. This is something I want to change with my program - I want to help parents who are facing the same childcare challenges I did! I’m so happy to be able to support my community in this way.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

A structured environment helps a daycare program run more smoothly. Our daily routine involves lots of outdoor time, music and dance, free play, kindergarten prep activities, and arts & crafts. My home has lots of fun, interactive toys and the kids love free play where they can pick one out to enjoy. I love music time, where the kid’s personalities come out - their silly sides always emerge as they wiggle and dance! On holidays, we really do it up – decorating the inside of our space and the front lawn – the kids get such a kick out of showing our fun-loving spirit to the neighbors! Another special time of year is our trip to the Bronx Zoo, where caregivers and families join us for a fun outing in our community!

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

My home daycare supports kids and their parents and caregivers in lots of unique ways. I offer bilingual learning, provide all meals from breakfast to dinner, and bring a lot of knowledge about early intervention to my program. My daughter was delayed in speech, and I educated myself and developed a curriculum that really helped her. I use that knowledge in my program whenever necessary! We do lots of sensory play here, and our outdoor space will soon include a new playground unit, sandbox and water table! I also use a parent app where I share updates throughout the day - with specific details about children’s routines and how they are doing, and lots of pictures too. This detailed communication allows parents to feel connected with their kids all day long!

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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

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. Jelissa’s NeighborSchool845 E 224th st Bronx, NY 10466(845) 613-9946(845) 613-9946

There is 1 home daycare in East Bronx. Most care for 6 to 10 children and take both infants and toddlers. All home daycares are licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services, just like preschool centers.

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FAQs

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What is NeighborSchools?

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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.

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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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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.

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