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1901 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Hungry Caterpillars Too!
30 Blake Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
HUNGRY CATERPILLARS FAMILY DAYCARE
Preparing for a bright future, Hungry Caterpillars is pioneering the field of childcare through our dedication and commitment to meeting the specific needs of every child entrusted to our care. Our facilities are licensed by the state of California and are allowed to care for a maximum capacity of twelve to fourteen children, depending on the ages of the children enrolled at any given time. This smaller setting allows us to prioritize careful focus on each individual child, in order to get to know them, teach them, and form strong bonds with them. We do not take this responsibility lightly and provide each child with the enhanced attention that allows for a unique educational experience designed to promote intellectual growth. We welcome all prospective parents who are considering enrolling their children to visit our facilities anytime.
ABOUT OUR FAMILY DAYCARE
"Hungry Caterpillars Family Daycare" was founded in late 2017 by lead caretaker Bianca Haberek. Prior to opening up her own facility, she worked under the tutelage of her mother-in-law, Silvia Roldan, at Silvia's Family Daycare in North Beach. Throughout those years, Bianca was personally mentored and taught by Silvia, and that mentorship continues to this day.
In mid-2019, Silvia's Family Daycare eventually moved to the Laurel Heights neighborhood, where Silvia happily accepted working under the Hungry Caterpillars name in order to work side-by-side with Bianca toward their aim of building a genuine, family-oriented daycare setting. Silvia and Bianca believe that having sister daycares allows their family to work together to optimally serve all of their families.
The expertise required to care for young children is constantly evolving, a fact both Silvia and Bianca acknowledge and embrace. They work tirelessly to develop curricula intended to meet the requirements of each generation of children. Throughout their years working in childcare, both Silvia and Bianca have gained extensive and thorough backgrounds, which include excellent experience ensuring the safety and well-being of the young children in their care as self-employed certified home-based child care providers. They have developed curricula that include organizing activities, preparing and serving daily homemade meals and snacks, assisting with diaper changing and potty training, keeping toys clean and disinfected, making frequent trips to the park and library, sanitizing facilities, and encouraging communal and emotional development. Additionally, both lead caretakers possess experience and knowledge in assisting children through separation anxiety, using distraction and redirection techniques to help kids through the transition of separating from their parents/caregivers, in order to not only help children feel more at home but also to help parents feel more comfortable leaving their children while they are at work.
Hungry Caterpillars views childcare as more than just a quality daycare center, but rather the first step in a long journey of growth and education in the life of your little one. With that in mind, we are more than prepared for and happy to undertake the responsibility of this task while working side-by-side with parents toward our goal of creating strong bonds and a setting that feels like family.
ACTIVITY AND FOOD SCHEDULES
Breakfast: served from 8.30am—9.30am
First Bottle: 9.30am
First Nap: 9.45am—10.45am
Second Bottle: 1.15pm
Second Nap: 1.30pm—3.30pm
Third Bottle: 4.00pm
Sensory Play: 4.00pm—5.00pm
Breakfast: served from 8.30am—9.30am
Indoor Playtime: 9.45am—10.30am
Morning Snack: 10.30am—10.45am
Indoor Playtime: 1.00pm—1.15pm
Afternoon Snack: 3.30pm—4.00pm
Learning time: 4.00pm—5.00pm
Note: If your child is under 6 months of age and is still napping three times a day, then the infant schedule does not apply to you. Feeding time will be every three hours since the last bottle. Naps will be every hour and a half to two hours. For example, if you bring your child to daycare at 8:15 am, and he/she woke up at 6:00 am and was fed at home, then the baby will be swaddled and put down for a nap. As soon as he/she wakes up from their nap then that will be the first feeding time of the day.
In addition to providing our little ones with the highest standard of quality care, Hungry Caterpillars also provides fresh, daily, home-cooked meals for lunch while ensuring that everything we use in the kitchen is organic and of the highest quality. Alongside our lunch service, we provide parents with a template (pictured above) specifying exactly what we have planned for our weekly menu, and we do our utmost to ensure the children never eat the same thing twice within a two-week span. Every meal we provide contains a healthy, well-rounded combination of proteins, grains, dairy, and fruits/vegetables to ensure the children have a nutritious diet that provides them with the energy and strength they need.
Mother of 16-month-old Lily
Hungry Caterpillars goes above and beyond to build personal relationships with each child and family. They have great values and are so thoughtful with how they care for kids that they feel loved and given individualized attention while still learning to play with other kids. I know that we lean on them for tips and welcome their advice given their experience. And any moms out there considering Hungry Caterpillars... your kids will run to give the staff a hug. What else could you ask for?!
Mother of 22-month-old Nathalie
Hungry Caterpillars took excellent care of my daughter Nathalie (7-19 months old). As a new parent, it was reassuring to see how Nathalie interacted with their staff, and to receive their daily reports and text updates. The staff also introduced new fruits (mangos!) and vegetables to Nathalie, took her to the park regularly, and taught her new things. At pickup, we usually had a quick chat recapping the day and it was clear to me that Nathalie was well cared for and loved. Hungry Caterpillars has a great way with infants and toddlers, takes parents’ wishes and parenting philosophies into account, and somehow manage to make it all look easy. Hungry Caterpillars is also the only care provider my husband and I trust to care for Nathalie for date night. I highly recommend the Hungry Caterpillars family daycare.
Mother of 10-month-old Holly
Hungry Caterpillars came into our life just when I needed them. They have been an amazing care provider with great ideas, activities, and suggestions for our child’s care. My daughter smiles and kicks her legs when we arrive in the morning and she is always happy when we go home. Hungry Caterpillars does a great job with keeping all the children on a schedule and it has helped with our regular sleep and eat schedules at home. I love that the staff is mature, has a lot of experience, and is always professional. The staff has great communicators and strive to offer the best care for all of the kids. Since we have been at Hungry Caterpillars, my daughter has hit a lot of her developmental milestones early and she looks to socialize with other kids regularly. We are so happy here!
Hungry Caterpillars Has A New Ride - The Cocoon!
We want you all to meet our new ride: The Cocoon! Hungry Caterpillars Family Daycare decided to obtain a safer and more fun way to travel for our kids to enjoy while we are out and about throughout the day.
The new ride will also allow us the ability to travel further distances to destinations such as Aquatic Park to play in the sand, Fisherman's Wharf to bark with the seals, or various playgrounds in the area which were just a bit too far for the little ones to walk to on-foot.
Be sure to say hello to the group if you happen to see The Cocoon anywhere in the neighborhood!
Weekend Childcare Now Available!
Have you ever wanted to have a date night, a Saturday or Sunday to yourselves, or perhaps even a weekend getaway, but can't seem to find someone to look after your little one?
Hungry Caterpillars now offers weekend childcare for children of all ages from morning till evening and even overnight! Healthy meals, snacks, and drinks will of course be provided by us, as well as trips to the park, activities, and field trips!
For any parents who are interested in our weekend services, please contact us for pricing or any further questions you may have.
Interested parents are always welcome to visit, call, text, or email our daycare at anytime!
For questions regarding availability, our curriculum, or other general inquiries, please feel more than free to get in touch and we will be happy to assist you as best we can!
When calling or writing us, please be sure to specify which of our locations, North Beach or Laurel Heights, you are inquiring about!