About Child's Playce
One Step Ahead
Child’s Playce offers a small group experience for children ages 3 months to 4 years. We provide an age appropriate learning environment that encourages all children to explore their interests in a safe, calm and nurturing home that is filled with quality, engaging materials.
Provide a nurturing and engaging environment both inside and out that is warm, welcoming and safe.
Teach all children through hands-on, individualized experiences
Open communication with our families to support a healthy daycare experience
Support each child’s individual needs
Recognize and appreciate the unique personality and temperament of each and every child in our care.
Learning Through Play
"My husband and I are both elementary school teachers and were very particular about where to send our baby girl. We spent an entire month of our summer (after our daughter was born) interviewing and visiting daycare providers in Marin. We went through Marin Child Care Council which provided us with many referrals and some great information. In total, I think we spoke to 30 providers and visited 12.
Dana was the ONLY one I would have left my child with. She has two girls of her own and extensive experience caring for young children. Dana has a background in preschool and Child Development. She continues to seek training in Positive Discipline strategies and shows a commitment to her own growth as an educator. She has set up a wonderful environment in her home. Everyone is always engaged and well cared for. Most importantly, Dana knows how to play in a fun and meaningful way with young children.
My daughter was with Dana from 3 months until 3 years. She always loved going and never even had a problem with separation when we left her. Dana helped with all of the major stages of our daughter’s growth. She was instrumental in creating a healthy sleep routine, potty training, teaching her to dress and feed herself and being a great partner in dealing with the daily struggles of parenting. Our daughter has developed a very special bond with Dana and her entire family. It is truly her home away from home.
I highly recommend Dana to anyone who wants high quality care for their child. Even though my daughter is 8 years old, I am still so very grateful for the foundation she received from being with Dana when she was in those very important formative younger years of development."
Lori F. (parent & teacher)
"Dana cared for our son from 8 months, when I went back to work full time, until he was two and a half. I could not have asked for a better caregiver and teacher. Dana is a “natural” teacher with patience, empathy, gentleness, and expertise. My son loved her and blossomed because of the social opportunities and guidance Child’s Playce provided. Even now, at age five, he still returns to visit Dana and her family. If you are looking for a small and nurturing environment; one that is clean, calm and loving, a place where social and emotional needs are met in addition to building fundamental skills, then Child’s Playce is the place for your child. "
Devon C. (parent & teacher)
"My daughter was with Dana for more than two years. The wonderful, safe, educational, family environment was perfect for my daughter who could not adapt previously at other preschools. Dana worked closely with my daughter who had hearing and speech delays. She taught her signs so she could communicate better and was so patient and kind."
Jennie P. (parent)
Behind the Scenes
Dana Allen (Founder and Lead Teacher)
Dana Allen has been the Head Teacher of Child’s Playce since it was founded in 2001. Dana has her Associate Degree in Child Development from Santa Rosa Junior College as well as her Associate Teacher Certificate and has continued to gain many more units in her field through continued education at College of Marin and San Mateo County Office of Education. She is certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid, a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and is currently participating in Quality Counts of San Mateo through San Mateo 4C's. Dana has well over twenty years of experience in Early Childhood Education and is most proud of her family with her partner, Aragon Burlingham. Together they raise their four children and two lovable Golden Retrievers, Poppy and Maverick!
Kaeli Shaw (Assistant Teacher)
Kaeli Shaw has her Bachelor’s in Deaf Studies with an emphasis on Early Deaf Education from California State University, Northridge. She also has a minor in Dance and has taken some units in Early Childhood Education. Kaeli has over 10 years of babysitting and nannying experience as well as 2 years of teaching assistant experience. She is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She loves American Sign Language, dance, reading, hiking, and traveling to new places!
Come by to see Child's Playce and meet Dana
Our next Open House
Sunday, November 6, 2022 @ 4:00pm
Due to the high demand for our program and large number of applicants, Child’s Playce is limiting our scheduled appointments and is now hosting Open Houses throughout the year to accommodate the demand. Tours are by appointment only pending availability.
July 2022 - December 2023
Child's Playce will be closed:
July 4 (Independence Day)
July 18 - 29 (Summer Break)
August 22 - 26 (Moving Robin to University of Portland)
September 5 (Labor Day)
September 23 (Friday)
October 10 (Indigenous Peoples Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)
November 21 - 25 (Thanksgiving Break)
December 23 - January 6 (Winter Break)
*January 1, 2023 Tuition Increase ($50)*
January 16 (MLK)
February 20 - 24 (President's Week)
April 3 - 7 (Spring Break)
May 29 (Memorial Day)
June 16 - 30 (Summer Break)
July 3 - 4 (Independence Day)
August 2 - 8 (Hold TBC)
August 25 - 28 (Hold TBC)
September 1, 2023 Tuition Increase ($50)
September 4 (Labor Day)
October 9 (Indigenous Peoples Day)
November 10 (Veterans Day)
November 20 - 24 (Thanksgiving Break)
Winter Break (TBD-dates currently not available)
You’ve Got Questions — I’ve Got Answers
Do we get updates about our child throughout the day?
Yes! We use Tadpoles, an app that sends out updates on food, sleep, diapering, and fun photos throughout the day.
Do I need to provide food for my child?
No, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are provided. Everything is home cooked each day.
Some example snacks: Fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, banana/egg "pancakes", ...
Some example lunches: turkey with pasta and veggies; lasagne; chicken risotto; chicken apple sausage, rice, roasted zucchini and carrots.
Do you follow a daily schedule?
Somewhat...We have core routines throughout the day such as mealtimes and nap times for those old enough to be on a nap schedule. However, in between we believe in plenty of free play to give the children time to explore and be curious about their world in our enriching environment.