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When you and your child join Starting Small Family Daycare, you become part of

a unique family that builds special bonds and life long relationships.

Testimonials

"She is extremely patient, dedicated and capable."

      "I met Tammy Stuart last year after the birth of our daughter, while searching for someone to watch her after returning to work. Tammy had also just delivered her daughter, and we immediately hit it off. I was delighted to learn that she had spent many years working at Children’s Hospital at the Day Care center. Coincidentally, I was also employed by Chiildren’s Hospital as a pediatric nurse.

Tammy has been the sole childcare provider for our daughter ever since and has done a great job. She listens to parents, gives excellent feedback, and is very flexible with scheduling concerns. She has been very helpful in problem solving and giving advice on developmental issues and concerns. She is extremely patient, dedicated and capable. She provides plenty of fun and educational activities, as well as lots of love.

      We have found Tammy’s diligent care of our daughter to be a true blessing and we can confidently recommend her as a daycare provider."

Amy + Todd Schnitzer

"I personally feel that she helped him reach new levels more quickly."

"It’s not an easy to leave your 5-month old baby with a stranger, however, after our initial interview with Tammy Stuart, we knew our son Dylan would be in good hands. The Starting Small Daycare had a wonderful structure and professionalism to it. We were given a handbook and other documents which I wasn’t expecting from an in-home daycare. In fact, another provider we interviewed had no such documents. Each day when we picked Dylan up, we were given a daily activity report which let us know when and what he ate, what time he napped, how often his diaper was changed and what his mood was like. Since Miss Tammy had taught in a preschool before, she brought her experience with her to her daycare. The children in her care were able to develop their fine motor skills and explore their sensory through the different activities Miss Tammy set up. From painting to making home-made rattles out of beans, you could really tell the children enjoyed it. Miss Tammy felt parent involvement was important and often took pictures of the kids so we would know what they were up to or how they enjoyed a certain activity they were doing. For 2 years Miss Tammy was like a second mother to Dylan. I personally feel that she helped him reach new levels more quickly than if he had been cared for by another person."

Maryann Shannon Rodolfo

"We couldn't have been happier with the level of care she showed him."

"Our son, Luke, was with Tammy from about 10 months old until 2 years and we couldn't have been happier with the level of care she showed him. He always enjoyed his days with her and he developed strong relationships with the other kids. My wife and I both worked for a local hospital so our schedules were a bit challenging to where a center based daycare would have been difficult to work with. Tammy was always flexible with us to where Luke would stay later then most of the other kids and sometimes on Saturday. She was a blessing!"

Patrick McManaman

"Tammy even potty trained my daughter within the first month!"

My daughter has been going to Starting Small Daycare for 2 months now and we could not be happier. Tammy Stuart is a very caring childcare provider who looks after every child according to his/her individual needs, and because the daycare is small you never feel your child is being lost in the crowd. My daughter used to be quite shy, but since starting with Tammy her confidence and independence have soared. Tammy provides a variety of fun activities, so no two days are ever the same, and the children always have a good time while learning. As an added bonus Tammy even potty trained my daughter within the first month! The rates at Starting Small are very reasonable and Tammy was flexible with her schedule so we could have exactly the hours we needed. We feel very lucky to have found Tammy Stuart and Starting Small Daycare.

Tori Weller

"Tammy is truly the best daycare provider that has cared for my daughter."

Tammy Stuart lovingly cared for our newborn daughter for nearly 9 months. I was very apprehensive to return to work after a 3 month maternity leave, but Tammy made the experience much easier on me. She helped calm my fears and was very reassuring and caring in nature. She came very highly recommended by someone who had her children in the same center she previously worked at. I had a sense that my daughter was in a very safe and nurturing environment.

Tammy was always very accommodating. My schedule was not always set, and I had varying hours I would need to pick up my daughter. She always made herself available when I was called in late, or needed to be at work at an earlier time. Tammy went out of her way on numerous occasions to help me with my hectic schedule.

I especially liked the fact that Tammy fed the children healthy meals. She stressed the importance of organic and natural foods. I was also grateful that Tammy fed my daughter breast milk I had provided in bottles. Tammy kept very diligent daily reports on the children. I was able to keep track of how much my daughter ate, and how many times she needed a diaper change. Not only was this a reassuring way to keep informed of my daughter’s day, but this came in very handy during trips to the pediatrician for check-ups.

Tammy is truly the best daycare provider that has cared for my daughter. She has a lot of experience working with children and has a firm grasp on child development. She takes a very active role in interacting with the children and providing the much needed stimulation and attention they require. I am grateful to have had Tammy in my life, and would highly recommend her to anyone who seeks a daycare provider who is responsible, knowledgeable and diligent.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Fuller

"Tammy isn't just my daughter's daycare provider; she really has turned into family."

So, I'm looking to buy a house this year; and one of my requirements is that it isn't more than a 20 minute communte from my home to this daycare facility. What does that tell you? =o)

My almost 2 year old little peanut has been going to "Starting Small Daycare" since she was around 3 months old. I found Tammy's info through the YMCA (and yes, I totally did the hand movements after I typed this.) and called her up to see if she had an opening. I met her one evening and instantly connected with her. She had such a positive and caring personality, I just knew within the first 10 minutes of our interaction, that I had just found a 2nd home for my daughter.

They do numerous activities, spend time outdoors (when weather permits) and it's just an all around great environment for my mini me. She also has a strong educational background in child development, flexible hours, and treats each child like they were her own.

Tammy isn't just my daughter's daycare provider; she really has turned into family.

When we decide to have a 2nd child, I wouldn't send them anywhere else but here. I just hope there is an opening. LOL

Sunsarae Bowen

"...there was nice structure that was really focused on learning but in a fun way!"

I volunteered here for the summer of 2012 and it was an amazing experience. The environment was very constructive, educational, friendly and it was obvious the kids felt safe and happy to be there. Compared to other daycares that I've seen, there was nice structure that was really focused on learning but in a fun way! The children, and even I, were learning sign language. Tammy, the daycare provider went above and beyond in really caring for the children. She knew the milestones for certain ages, how to ensure children are being fully challenged and keeps a clean and safe area for the children. The activities vary and the food is very nutritious! There are activities from painting to making cards and reading before nap time, it's a wonderful environment. I'm attending college classes full time now but I'm for sure going to volunteer again!

Amberli Carrascov

"I can’t say enough about how great Starting Small daycare is."

I am writing this letter to parents who are considering putting their child into daycare. I know this is a stressful time, as you want to ensure your child will feel as secure and loved at daycare as they do while they’re at home with you.

Starting Small Family Daycare is the next best place to home for your child. Tammy is patient, kind and teaches the children how to work with others. She has a strong educational background and a wide variety of experience in childcare.

When our daughter Lily first started attending she was eight-months old. She is now 12 months old and has made huge strides in her development in just a few short months. Her speech has improved and she has started some sign language. She is learning social skills and loves to play with other kids as well as independently.

Tammy is fabulous with the kids as well as parents. She tracks what your child has eaten and when, as well as their naps and diaper changes; so you are always informed about how your child is doing throughout the day. When I first went back to work, I missed Lily terribly. Tammy would text me photos and share videos on Facebook, all which helped ease me into the transition of being away from my daughter during the day.

I can’t say enough about how great Starting Small daycare is. Its prices are comparable to other local options, but its quality outshines any other prospect. Tammy and my daughter’s friends at Starting Small have very much become more like extended family to us than a childcare provider. It has our highest of recommendations.

Sincerely,

Joanna, Brandon, and Lily McClanahan

"I'm so lucky I found her!"

Miss Tammy is AMAZING! She loves my son and the other kids like they are her own! She is so patient and kind! I appreciate how she spends a few minutes chatting with each parent as they drop off their child. I've also never seen a child upset to be dropped off with her in the mornings. Many of the kids have been with Tammy since they were infants, and they are so sweet and gentle with my son. I love how Tammy does holiday related crafts with the kids -- I've got a foot print picture frame with an adorable picture of my son! Tammy is a treasure, and I'm so lucky I found her!

Nicole Cermak 06/09/2014

"Tammy is the absolute best!"

Tammy is the absolute best! She deeply cares about each child she cares for and gives 110% of herself every single day. She is personable, helpful, funny and a delite to chat with. Upon meeting Tammy for the first time, I knew she was the right option for our son. My heart was completely at ease.

Our 3 year old son was in Tammy's care for 1.5 years. He has thrived so much because of the Starting Small team! Tammy used to teach preschool, so although she runs an in-home daycare, your child is essentially attending preschool everyday. That's quite the perk! The kids do so much: soccer, outdoor play, free play, art/crafts, dance class, reading... the list is endless. Our son fell in love with Tammy and all of the wonderful kids at Starting Small. We recently moved out of state; leaving Tammy's was the hardest part of our move, bar none. We just enrolled our son in a daycare up in Oregon and although the caretaker is so lovely, there's just no way you can replace someone as perfect as Tammy. If Tammy has an opening, TAKE IT! She truly is outstanding!

Jenny M. 3/21/2020

"Starting Small Daycare is the best in home daycare I have ever experienced."

Tammy is amazing person, that's really the only way to explain her. She is always in a great mood and treats our son just like her own. When we started working, our work weeks were all over the place but she was very accommodating with pay and work schedules, all you have to do is ask and she is willing to try to work something out. With your permission she will take pictures of the kids and post them on a private group so you can see what the kids are up to during the day. (This is very reassuring for a first time mom like myself)

Here is a list of some of the things she does with the kids during the day:

- Soccer classes

- Yoga

- Sensory Arts and Crafts

- Story Time

- Math/ Science/ Language

- Music fun

- Outdoor fun

- Plus so much more!!!

It's such a great feeling knowing that our son is in great hands while he is at daycare. Since starting daycare with Tammy, He can now count to 20, say all his ABCs and can write and spell his name. We would Highly recommend!!!!!

Jake and Ashley S. 8/3/2016

"Miss Tammy and her crew are by far the best"

Miss Tammy and her crew are by far the best child care I have run into you in my seven years of having kids! She is not only a fully qualified professional, she is also a mother and understands common mother things!

She is patient, kind, understanding, communicates very well with the parents, and her rules are simple to follow.

She doesn't do this because she needs the money. She does this because she has a passion and a heart for children... And it shows!

Ivey, C. 10-15- 2016

We have been using Tammy since my first son was 9 months old. He is almost 4 now and I can't say enough about how amazing our experience with Starting Small Daycare has been.

"Tammy is truly one of a kind"

Tammy is truly one of a kind... she provides a perfect balance of a loving/family environment, but also has plenty of structure with an impressive educational focus. Her creativity is awesome - the kids do so many fun activities and she somehow always comes up with something new and educational. Even after 3.5 years, she still impresses us with all the educational/ fun activities she creates for the kids on a daily basis. Our second son has been with Tammy since he was 3 months old - she is an expert in dealing with children of all ages. She has such great advice - her years of experience and education in child care development makes her truly best of the best! Her staff is amazing as well. All of them are professional, loving and kind. I trust them and know my kids are always in good hands learning, growing and most importantly being loved and cared for by amazing people. My kids adore Tammy and her staff and so do we!

5/16/18 Lauren Foster

"Starting Small Family Daycare is seriously the next best place to home for your child."

Starting Small Family Daycare is seriously the next best place to home for your child. Tammy is patient, kind and teaches the children how to work with others. She is altogether wonderful and has a strong educational background and vast experience in childcare.

Tammy is fabulous with the kids as well as parents. She tracks what your child has eaten and when, as well as their naps and diaper changes; so you are always informed about how your child is doing throughout the day. When I first went back to work, I missed Lily terribly. Tammy would text me photos and share videos on Facebook, all which helped ease me into the transition of being away from my daughter during the day.

I can't say enough about how great Starting Small daycare is. Its prices are comparable to other local options, but its quality outshines any other prospect. Tammy and my daughter's friends at Starting Small have very much become more like extended family to us than a childcare provider. It has our highest of recommendations.

Joanna M.

1/31/13

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