Kudos from our Families

I canít say enough good things about Little Movements Daycare and Miss Ann Ė my sonís daytime momma. Cal started with Miss Ann at 4 months. He loves her and I love her. We are so sad that graduation is imminent for Pre-school. He has learned everything there from socialization, to his numbers & letters, along with excellent manners. The entire program is amazing from cooking with real food to science with real butterflies! I get asked daily to do things they do at Miss Annís like a nature walk or music. The daily report cards are so helpful but if I had any questions or concerns, Miss Ann was always immediately responsive. I never had to worry about Cal when he was there as it felt like he was with family. We love Little Movements and the entire Salvetti Family Ė Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  • The Ramos Family, April 2017

We have been nothing but thrilled with Miss Ann and her program at Little Movements. Our daughter has been enrolled at LMDC since she was 4 months old and will sadly graduate this summer to start pre-school. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Miss Ann and her program at Little Movements Daycare. As a first time mom, I had convinced myself that I had to have a nanny, and when said nanny bailed on us a week before my maternity leave ended, we scrambled to find a spot for our infant daughter. By pure luck, Ann happened to have a rare opening and I have been thanking my lucky stars ever since. Ann consistently communicates with all the parents, whether it’s a text of a fun picture mid-day or the end of day “report card” that summarizes everything from number of diaper changes, to what they ate, to funny anecdotes. As our daughter as grown, I attribute so much of her development to Ann’s program. They read, cook, do science lessons, take nature walks, play outside, dance and sing, it’s a wonderfully fun and interactive environment balancing structure and play. We have felt that Ann’s home is an extension of our own from the beginning. She and her staff form wonderful bonds with children and have a true passionate for helping them meet developmental milestones while also letting them just be kids! We really can’t say thank you enough to Ann and everything she has done for our family. As we embark on the next phase of pre-school, we have LMDC to thank for an insanely chatty, energetic, kind toddler who thinks everyone is her best friend.

  • The Groenke Family, April 2017

Little Movements came highly recommended to us from a couple personal friends. That said, I was a total basket case in the beginning. I spent the first year home with my son, so I had some serious separation anxiety. Being a teacher, I tried to play it cool, but Miss Ann saw right through it and was very reassuring. She is readily available for any questions or concerns and she is wonderful about sharing her own parenting experiences with her kids. That's one of the things that really stands out to me about LMDC, it's very personal. I feel that Miss Ann and the other teachers really know my son Leo and love him. They know what he likes and go out of their way to make him happy. Miss Ann has even sent home jars of her homemade meat sauce because Leo loves it so much! The teachers are patient, loving, and actively involved with the kids. I like the fact that when I walk in the door, they are playing with the kids, not just supervising. The teachers also have a good sense of humor...always a plus when dealing with toddlers and parents!

Miss Ann takes her curriculum very seriously. You get daily reports that explain what your child did during the day and what the current curriculum is. As a teacher, I love the fact that Leo is getting age appropriate exposure to classroom behaviors (sitting in a circle, listening to friends, following directions, etc.) They are currently learning about butterflies, and Leo now is thrilled whenever we see a butterfly or read a book with a butterfly in it. He is clearly learning new things and that is so exciting for him (and his parents!) I also really like the socialization aspect of LMDC. They eat together at the table and really operate like a family. I have seen Leo take off in the area of sharing and taking turns, and seeing that he's an only child, I credit his daycare experience with that.

Another thing I love is the fun and excitement that Miss Ann and her teachers put into the holidays. Whether it is Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween, or a child's birthday, they go all out. They really make the kids feel special.

Little Movements Daycare is the best. My husband and I feel so lucky to have found Miss Ann and her warm LMDC family.

  • The Abby-Hammarskjold Family, April 2017

We couldn't be happier about our experience with Miss Ann and all her helpers at LMDC! Miss Ann was an invaluable resource to our family as we navigated each stage of our son's development. Her communication with parents is exceptional. She was always available and responsive if we had a question, and she's a wealth of knowledge about ways to reinforce positive behavior from the kids. And our son loved it too! Miss Ann clearly loves each of the kids at LMDC--and they love her right back! I will always be thankful for the time our son spent there, and we highly recommend LMDC to anyone looking for a safe and happy place for their little ones. Evan says to me when we are in the car: "Turn left! I go Miss Ann's house!" every time we drive by your street.

  • The Subido Family, August 2016

A year ago, my wife and I moved back to the United States with our two young children after living overseas for several years. We both worked full time and it meant putting our 2-year old and 2-month old into day care for the first time with someone we did not know. And that’s when we found LMDC with Miss Ann – a thoughtful, loving, caring individual who gives our children hugs and tells them “I love you.” On our application, we were asked what we wanted to get out of LMDC. We responded that we “wish for our kids to have an opportunity to build their oral language skills and to learn to love, respect and care for others.”

This is exactly what we found at LMDC. It is a special home/school where our kids could learn to socialize and care for others in a loving environment. Miss Ann watched over our kids, cared for them and loved them as if they were her own. She also taught them things we never imagined – our son could count to 20 before he was three; he is courteous, loves to help Mom and Dad and stands there in awe when other kids his age don’t want to share or take turns. LMDC has also taught us to be better parents – to practice turn taking, to be conscious of working too hard, and that "no appetite" at breakfast might mean the onset of an illness.

For all of these lessons and more,
we thank Miss Ann and her team
for their support, kindness and
friendship over the last year.

  • The Bacha Family, July 2016

Both my daughters attended Little Movements from the time they were infants until preschool. Miss Ann is the absolute best! I can't say enough about all of her fabulous qualities. It's clear she and each of the teachers care deeply about our daughters' physical, emotional and social development, as well as their health, safety, and nutrition. Both my girls learned so much while they were there, and they both LOVE Miss Ann. I feel so blessed we were able to have Little Movements in our lives and for our girls at such an important age. I trust Miss Ann, and my daughters and I, love her!

I asked my daughter Natalie what do you think of Miss Ann and she said "I wish I could still be a baby and go to Miss Ann's!" From the mouth of babes.

  • The Hegarty Family, Corte Madera, December, 2015

Words can only touch on how much we appreciate Miss Ann and all the teachers at Little Movements Daycare. We started our son at age four months and he just graduated at age three! Ann provided a fun, safe environment with a balance of routine and structure. Every day we received a report on the days events and personal notes on everything our son did. Her three wonderful children also took part in helping out which made it feel more like an extended family. We would recomend Little Movements to anyone and will allways keep a special place in our heart for the Salvetti family.

  • The Sarno Family August, 2015

We started our son at Miss Ann's when he was two. In looking for daycares the biggest priority for us has been getting a sense that our son would feel loved, cherished, and safe in his environment. As soon as I met Ann, I knew she was a special woman and that we had found the right place. We made a great decision and Ann has made such a difference in our son's and our family's life.

She knows so much about kids and has been very insightful about our son, what he is learning, where he is challenged, and how we can help him and teach him. He has grown tremendously over the past year in many ways, and I attribute a lot of this to Ann and her team. She has loved him, taught him so much, and given him a great experience in her home. Everything about Ann's is well thought out, from the environment, how things are set up, the toys, the outdoor space, the daily routines, the walks, everything. I have been grateful for her daily reports about his activities; they have been so helpful and really give me a sense of what he is spending his time doing, what activities they did together, and overall how his day went.

Our son is so happy when we pick him up, he talks about Miss Ann and all of his friends there, and he has truly flourished in her care. I cannot say enough about how much respect I have for the work Miss Ann does and how well she does it; we are so fortunate to have found her and will always remember what a special place Little Movements is.

  • The Brynelson Family August, 2015

Both of our girls, ages 3 ½ and 2 years old have been full time at Little Movements Daycare with Miss Ann since they were 5 months old.
Miss Ann offers a fun, comfortable, yet structured learning environment tailored to each child’s age and developmental needs. One of our favorite aspects of Little Movements Day Care is that our children’s activities are documented daily, so that we know exactly how their day went, what they ate or did not eat, what songs they learned, books they read, and friends they played with, etc. Not only are these worksheets informative, but they are capturing their growth in speech, in mobility and in play. We have saved all of their daily worksheets, a timeline of events in their lives, and created keepsake books for each of our girls.
Both children adore Miss Ann and the teachers and have made such great little friends too. We could not have found a better home away from home!
We will be sad to say goodbye to Little Movements Day Care. But it is time for our oldest daughter to transition into Preschool and graduate from Little Movements.

  • The Burns Family July, 2015

We cannot thank Miss Ann enough for all she has done for our son and our family. Our son has been with Miss Ann at Little Movements since he was 4 months old and has received love and care that has far exceeded our expectations. From the first day, Miss Ann created an environment that made our son feel safe, loved, and at home. As he became older she incorporated tools to prep him for “big boy school” to ensure he was ready and could easily assimilate when the time was right. Our son is the loving, thoughtful and happy boy he is because of Miss Ann and her staff, and we couldn’t be more thankful.
Thank you for all the joy and love you have given him, Miss Ann, we are forever grateful!

  • The Drakulich Family, June, 2015

Little Movements was the perfect day care for our two-year old daughter who needed a warm, nurturing environment to encourage self-confidence and independence. The home-based environment, sitting-at-the-kitchen-table meals, daily routine, naps in real cribs and backyard play area checked every box on my wish list. My daughter walked in her first day feeling right at home and never wanted to leave when I picked her up. Ann and her sweet staff are very in tune to each child’s individual needs, which is evident in the day’s summary sheet. It allowed me to feel connected to my child, as if I hadn’t missed a minute of her day. Ann is extremely helpful with advice and loaning books on things like sleep training, potty training and giving up binkies. Moreover, the expanse of numbers, letters, phonics, table manners and more my daughter knows underscores that along with a day full of fun, she is also learning valuable skills. Little Movements was an enriching experience we will cherish.

  • The Harris Family, January, 2014

We could not have been happier with the care that our son Raf received at Little Movements. He was always thrilled to be going there, and it was hard to get him to leave at the end of the day! Ann creates a warm, loving and homelike environment for the children while providing a stimulating and structured day. The report sheets meticulously filled in and sent home helped us feel connected to Raf's day, and it was great to be able to talk to him about his experiences. Ann's competence and affection for the children shone through in the way Raf flourished during his time at Little Movements. We feel very lucky to have found Ann and Little Movements, and it was wonderful to have been part of the Little Movements family. We were very sad when we had to leave to move to another country, England and would highly recommend Little Movements as a place where your child will receive beyond excellent care.

  • Anglea & Derek Beebe, San Rafael, June 2013

Ann and her teachers are absolutely AMAZING! Ann is such a caring, loving, patient, kind, fun and positive person. She always greets us with a smile and good morning. At first Lucy had a hard transition since she was used to being at home with a nanny, however she very quickly adapted with the gentle guidance from Ann and now she doesn't want to leave when I pick her up! Ann provides a very impressive curriculum. The children have specific learning activities that are fun and even the occasional cooking lesson. It really is a home-away-from-home environment. Ann and her teachers would fill out a daily activity sheet so I could discuss Lucy's day with her. It also included what Lucy ate for the day, (Ann makes delicious, & nutritious home cooked lunches and snacks) She also potty trained Lucy and taught me about using sticker charts as a reward. I feel like I learned as much as Lucy did! When Lucy had to leave LMDC to go on to Pre School Ann held a Graduation party which included gifts for Lucy including one of her favorite toys from the daycare and a photo album. It was so thoughtful and personal. We really feel like we are part of the LMDC family.

I joked everyday that I wish Lucy could stay there forever, because it is just so wonderful! Everyone at LMDC will always have a place in our hearts.
I put all my trust in Ann and I recommend her and LMDC 110%!

  • Tessa L. July, 2012

Ann is simply the best! She does a fantastic job looking after our 1 year old daughter and we have the utmost trust in her. We can't say enough about all of Ann's fabulous qualities, she loves what she does and it shows. Our daughter loves her right back and is blossoming under her expert care. It's clear she cares deeply about our daughter's physical, mental and social development as well as her safety, nutrition and health. Ann always makes sure to take the time to communicate with us on those different aspects of our daughter's well-being - no detail is ever too small - and we truly value her guidance and input. Ann has been caring for our daughter since she was 3 months old and we are so thankful to have found a safe, clean, fun and nurturing environment for her. We trust Ann 110% - she is so special to us!

  • Tracy and Brian H., Corte Madera, January, 2012

We were very lucky to find the Little Movements Day Care. Our daughters day care closed and we were searching for a new place. We found the best place in the world. Ann and the other teachers are so engaging. They are wonderful teachers. Our daughter had a strong case of separation anxiety. Ann worked with her and even gave us guidance on how to help her at home as well. Now our daughter jumps our of our arms when she gets to the day care to play with her friends and gives Ann a hug.

It's so comforting when you are at work, knowing that your child is loving environment. Also, Ann is one of the cleanest and most organized person I've ever met, I don't know how she does it.

  • The Kruse Family, Mill Valley, January, 2012

My wife and I would not hesitate to give our highest recommendation to any prospective Little Movements parents. It would be impossible for us to explain why in a single paragraph but hopefully a few examples will help shed some light. First, unlike at his last daycare where our son Max would immediately come crawling to us when we picked him up, at Little Movements he usually just smiles when he first sees us and then proceeds to keep playing. Second, Ann religiously provides daily written and verbal summaries of his day, including about his diaper changes, naps, eating, playing and learning lessons. And third, speaking of learning, she clearly does take his intellectual development seriously, as evidenced (for example) by his ability at 18 months to tell us what letter comes next in the alphabet when we pause on a random letter in the ABC song -- without any previous training by us. In sum, it is obvious that caregiving and teaching are Ann's passion and that she treats her daycare kids as if they were her own.

  • Paul and Summer T., September, 2011

For the last 2 years my three year old son has attended Little Movements Day Care. From the moment he walked in he felt right at home. Ann provides a very loving and safe environment. As a Mom of 3 children, she knows exactly how to meet the children's needs. She provides wonderful and fun learning activities along with walks to the park or other outdoor adventures. He was well fed and I especially appreciate the journal she keeps to show what he ate and did throughout the day. When I picked him up he was very happy and enthusiastic about his day. I feel very fortunate to be able to send him to such a special place.

  • The Schnitzer Family, Mill Valley, CA

My children walked in to Little Movements the first day and it was like they were returning to a comfortable second family. Ann is passionate, insightful and clearly knows what keeps kids interested and makes them tick. My favorite part of the program is the day's recap cheat sheet. No longer was I met with "I dunno" when I asked my 3 and 5 year old what they did during the day. I was empowered with questions like "How did you like potting sunflowers?" and "Wow, I've never made lemonade - how do you do it?" As a working mom who feels like she misses out on a lot of those little things, recapping the events with the children just felt wonderful!

  • The Buck Family, Corte Madera, CA

My daughter went from clinging to my leg wherever we went, to barely waiting for the car to stop, once we started going to Little Movements Day Care. The minute she sees Ann she starts screaming "Stop ...we are here, I need to get out." Ann nurtures curiosity, imagination and friendships through all the creative activities provide daily and we love hearing the stories and seeing the incredible art projects. Little Movements Day Care is a safe, clean, and playful environment that enriches a child's life.

  • The Wilson Family, Corte Madera, CA

I am thrilled to have met Ann, and Little Movements Day Care. I feel completely confident that my daughter is being taken care of in the way I want her to be; she’s heard, she’s seen, she’s nurtured, she’s safe, and she has a blast everyday with Ann! I love the way Ann tunes into each child’s needs instinctively. My daughter comes home each day with art projects, crafts she’s made, and some age-appropriate class lessons. I wish we had met Little Movements Day Care sooner.

  • The DeRango Family

We cannot say enough about Ann Salvetti and Little Movements Day Care.
Both our children attended this summer and absolutely loved it. Ann provides a warm, loving, safe environment where the children can learn, explore, experiment and enjoy all sort of activities physical, intellectual and emotional. She relates to the children in a very special way and our children have really thrived!

  • The Jacobs Family, Mill Valley, CA

I highly recommend Ann Salvetti and Little Movements Day Care. Most importantly, my kids love Ann – she is warm, engaging and sweet with the kids. Ann also knows so much about kids development and teaches in a fun, interactive and positive way. She’s creative and energetic and has tons of love to share!

  • The Melchionda Family, Mill Valley, CA

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