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Ms. Esther

A Mommy's Daycare

Licensed home daycare
Watertown, NY
6am–3:30pm, M - F

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
Outdoor play
Reading time
Seasonal activities
Drawing & illustration
Neighborhood walks

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 #878044

Prior Experience
  • Mom @ Alicia Esther Rosas Ochoa

    7 years experience with infants and toddlers

Licensing Requirements
  • Background record checked

    Includes government-level fingerprinting

  • Home inspected for child safety

    Thorough assessment by a licensor from the OCFS

  • 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. Esther

What inspires you to care for young children?

Children love to learn new things, and it’s so much fun to be a part of that! I love having a small home daycare because we really get to know each other and create such special bonds as the days go by. Every interaction is a chance to learn – whether it’s a book we read together, an art project , or a fun activity with friends. I have found joy being around children since I began babysitting as a teenager, and the best part of having my own program is being able to give so many families a place where they know their little ones will have fun, feel safe, and learn and grow. Offering this type of positive environment for families in my community brings me a lot of happiness.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

It’s important to be flexible when working with young people! I like to follow the lead of the children when it comes to our daily schedule. Having the freedom to see where the day takes us is important, and that kind of flexibility brings about some amazing learning experiences. If the children and I want to spend more time on an art project or a group activity, we can! If we want to switch gears and sing, dance and get silly, we can go with that too. One thing we do make a point to do every day is to get outside. The children know that in my program, it’s okay to get a little messy in nature – in fact, it’s encouraged, because it means we’ve been getting fresh air and having fun! Field trips are a special part of my program too – we make it a point to get out into our community every couple of months – to the library, zoo, or to a play space. We all look forward to these little adventures!

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

When it comes to caring for children, trust is extremely important! I consider it an honor when a family or caregiver entrusts me with their little one day after day, and I work hard to make sure that every child is happy and thriving in my home! As a mother myself, I know the importance of peace of mind - of knowing that your child is safe and well cared for while they are away from you. My home is spacious and comfortable, and every child that walks through the door is treated like they are my own. The relationships that come about because of this, with the children I care for and their families, are just so meaningful to me. Many times, these special bonds last even after a child has moved on from my program.

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

~ Alfie Kohn

Reviews & References

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


Ms. Esther is the best, my son adores her. Her daycare is second home to him. She’s reliable, kind, and the one you want watching your child. My day is so much more at ease knowing he’s in a safe loving place to learn and grow. Most (every) days it’s a fight to leave!


Esther is a great person and you can tell how much she loves kids. Ms. Esther's NeighborSchool is very clean, safe, and fun for all kids. I wouldn't take my children anywhere else. 100% RECOMMENDED


Esther is amazing, she loves kids and is more than qualified to care for your baby/child. She is trust worthy and responsible, has a great personality and my kids love 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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Ms. Esther’s NeighborSchool309 Thompson Blvd Watertown, NY 13601(315) 645-2144(315) 645-2144

There is 1 home daycare in Watertown. 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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