Toot-a-Lou Daycare

Community Subscriber

Richmond, CA

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Home-Based Daycare/Preschool
DSS Facility License #: 
Lorie Harnden
Richmond Annex 1 block South of El Cerrito Natural Grocery
Maximum Capacity: 
Language(s) Spoken: 
Ages Served: 
6 months - 60 months
Mon, Tue, Wed
8:00am - 4:00pm
Additional Services & Features: 
Drop-in available, Year-round, Sibling discount, Breakfast provided, Lunch provided, Snacks provided, Organic options, Vegetarian options, Special diet support, Cloth diapers accepted, Potty training support
About Our Program: 

Welcome! Toot~a~Lou Family Daycare has been offering a safe, fun-loving and enriching home environment for your child since 2004. We take a lot of pride in being trained early childhood professionals and a Bay Area Green Certified Business and Eco-Healthy Child Care. Our days include indoor and outdoor playtime, art projects, games, stories, nature walks and more. We see play as a primary vehicle for learning and growth. Child's play is valued as a vital means for helping children build confidence and coordination, while enhancing their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. We specialize in infant & toddler care, maintain a ratio of two adults to 4/5 children. Healthy home made meals provided,CPR Fist Aid,references provide. Tootles !

Parent Reviews

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We have been really happy with Toot-a-lou! Our son started at 4.5 months and has been there about 6 months now... he loves it! Lorie is great with the kids and is very accommodating (ex. food/milk preferences, diapers, schedules etc.). Also, she offered a lot of great insight and advice when asked questions. The house is a cozy space with lots of toys and a nice backyard with chickens! It is a laid back environment (which works well for our family). We are moving and will definitely miss Toot-a-lou and Lorie!

I have nothing but great things to say about Toot-A-Lou. Lorie and Linda are WONDERFUL. We sent our second child here for two years. I wish I had known about this daycare with our first child. My son loves going to "school" here. It is a very warm, nurturing and relaxed environment. I also love that food is provided, it makes drop off so easy!! The backyard is great and the kids do lots of art. I will truly miss Lorie and Linda when my son goes to preschool in the fall.

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Dec 2013

Re: Recently moved and no space in preschool!
You could check out Tootalou family daycare. They are on the El Cerrito border/richmond annex... on Fresno (i think?). We sent our daughter there for a little over 2 years. Lori and Linda are AWESOME! They do specialize in small children, but they do have several preschool age kids as well. Lori does a preschool program with the little little ones albeit ReALLy pared down, yet for the older kids she does it and teaches them quite a bit of stuff. For the tight spot that you are finding yourself in, she is definitely worth talking to about your needs and situation. I think she and Linda are truly wonderful with kids and really ''get'' them. There is no shortage of education here despite them being a daycare. Plus, they are fairly close to you and very affordable. Both my husband and I highly recommend them. Feel free to email me if you have more questions Otherwise, Lori Harnden 510.375.4164 Tanja

Dec 2011

If you are looking for a wonderful childcare call Lorie at TOOT~A~LOU. We love her and so do the kids. She has a full time helper and she takes in 4-8 kids depending on the ages. she has this amazing back yard for the kids and a worm cozy house. The kids do amazing art work with lots of different stuff, story time, songs,dance and all the stuff that we don't do. i just can't say enough about this wonderful daycare. A Very Happy Mom

August 2011

Toot a Lou Family daycare is a wonderful place for kids to grow and have fun. Lorie and Linda are so loving to the kids, every morning the kids are greeted with a god morning, hugs and kisses and the kids love them. They have the most amazing outside play area and tortoises, guinea pigs and frogs that all the kids love. I can't say enough about them they are a GEM. She has an amazing tuition policy and it is a big saving for the families. When you start your tuition is the same the duration you are with her (if you add days or hours it will change of cores) . It is something she has always done, being a mother with children in child care she understands how costly childcare can be.We Love Her Toot a lou @ 528-9858 Vary Happy Family

August 2011

Our daughter has been going to Lorie at Tootalou Family Daycare since she was 4months old. It's been 11 months now.

We feel INCREDIBLY LUCKY to have our daughter at Tootalou because we know she is not just well cared for, but happy and loved there. When we enrolled her at 4mo, she was the only baby her age until she hit 6mo. At Tootalou, we found stable, personable care-providers that would develop a strong bond with her and help her grow into a well-socialized child. They are not swamped with tons of children so they can actually bond with each child, develop a relationship, and provide quality care to every child in their care.

Our daughter (now 15 months) *loves* going to Tootalou. She is happy when we drop her off and doesn't want to leave when it's time to come home. She loves Lorie and Linda and we know they love her too. While our daughter only goes part time, we feel that she has developmentally benefited in ways that she wouldn't have at home.

July 2011

Re: Exploring Day Care Options in El Cerrito There is a great child Care in the Annex one block from the El Cerrito Natural Grocery Store. Toot-a-Lou Family Daycare it is a gem and Lorie and her staff are wonderful, anyone would be lucky to land a spot in such a wonderful place. Linda

Oct 2010

I want to share my heartfelt thanks and very warm recommendation for Toot a Loo daycare. Run by Lori Harden, I found it to be a truly wonderful place. Simply put, Lorie and her mother 'know' babies and children!

My daughter started there when she was 7 months old. Within a short time of meeting Lori and seeing the charming environment they've created and continuously nurture, I knew I had found a great place. I was even willing to drive everyday from Oakland to their home in the Richmond Annex.

Lori and Linda are fun, calm, conscientious and very caring. They have a gift for connecting with each of the individual children. They provide wholesome snacks and are the only green certified daycare in the Bay Area. Though not as large as many other places, their home is always clean and organized and they have a great creative play area crafted by her husband with all recycled materials.

If they were located in Berkeley, they would surely have parents on waiting lists. Given their location, they don't seem to be very well-known and Toot a Lou is a secret well worth sharing! - Thankful for Toot a Loo

August 2006

I just wanted to Express my Appreciation to Lori Harden of Toot-a-Loo Daycare in Elcerrito, CA. She has been taking care of my 2 year old twins for a year now. She has taught them colors, animals, arts and crafts and the alphabet Song, and numerous other things. To any parents out there looking for excellent Childcare. I recomend her to all. My children used you to cry when i dropped them off at my previous babysitter. I would worry all day about them at the previous babysitter. When i started taking them to Lori they would tell me good bye when i dropped them off, with a smile on there face instead of tears coming out of there eyes. Thats how you know a child has been takin care of properly and treated with love and attention. From day 1 they allways love to go to Lori Hardens ''Toot-a-Loo Daycare''. Thank you so much for reading this and if you are interested in a Wonderful Daycare this is one of them. I plan on staying with Lori for many years. Thank you Lori