Toot~a~Lou Family Daycare celebrates 10 years as a California Certified Green Business and Eco-Healthy Child Care (EHCC) --- we are the only home-base in Contra Costa County and one of a few in the state.

Established in 2004, it is our belief that we, our children, and our planet are all part of one system that deserves care.

Being a Green Business means we take steps to conserve resources and prevent pollution. These steps are verified in-person by local agency representatives. 

There are numerous program requirements that we adhere to, and some examples of our actions include:

-  Using non-toxic cleaning and pest control products
-  Eating healthy foods
-  Reusing materials for various projects
-  Reducing energy and water use through efficient fixtures

Among many others! These actions amount to an efficient
and healthy setting here at Toot~a~Lou, and they are just 
a part of the responsible and caring environment we can 
offer to your child.

Childcare You Can Trust

Toot~a~Lou provides safe, reliable, and professional licensed care to support working families. Our engaging, play-based program includes daily indoor and outdoor playtime, art projects, music and movement activities, plenty of children's literature, and continuous learning through creative play and social interaction. 

We offer a full-time program for up to 14 children, ages 18m to 5 years old. We are happy to provide references and recommendations for your review, or you can read about us on

Hours and Fees

Toddler/Preschool Fees:
Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

5-Day Schedule: $1,988.00/month

4-Day Schedule: $1,788.00/month

3-Day Schedule: $1,599.00/month

2-Day Schedule: $1,399.00/month

After-School Fees:

5-Day Week Care (at $40 /day)
     Monthly Cost: $200 x 4 = $800.00

4-Day Week Care (at $43 /day)
     Monthly Cost: $172 x 4 = $688.00

3-Day Week Care (at $46 /day)
      Monthly Cost: $138 x 4 = $552.00

2-Day Week Care (at $49 /day)
      Monthly Cost: $98 x 4 = $392.00

* Please note that these calculations are based on the daily rates provided and the assumption of four weeks in a month.

Year-round program, continuous enrollment as space permits.

Contact Us!

Please fill out the form below to begin your journey with Toot~a~Lou! For questions and to schedule an in-person visit, please give us a call.

Lorie Harnden, Director
License #: 073409252
Cell: 510-375-4164

Enrollment Contract and Licensing Paperwork can be found at the links below. Please print out and return documents before starting.
Our Commitment During COVID

We are proud to have remained open from the very start of the pandemic, caring for the children of essential workers during Shelter-in-Place. As more families return to childcare, we are here and prepared, sharing our experience and ease with a new safety protocol and procedures.

* In full compliance with California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol since March 2020. Details available.
COVID-19 Plan

Where to find us:

6111 Fresno Ave, Richmond Annex, CA 94804
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Welcome to Toot~a~Lou Family Childcare! Find us in Richmond Annex, California servicing parents and children of the surrounding area. We provide a safe, fun, and enriching home environment for toddlers and preschoolers. 

With over 20 years of experience, our Mother Goose-themed program inspires endless adventures. CONTACT US to schedule a visit or get your questions answered. Join our Toot~a~Lou family today to kickstart a joyful, education journey for your child!

Designated Pick-Up Schools: 
In:  El Cerrito and  Albany 

Join us at Toot~a~Lou for a joyful, educational journey!

We offer TK-Kindergarten pick-up for the 2024-2025 school year. 
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After-School Care & Homework Help Program

Join our After-School Care & Homework Help Program at Toot~A~Lou, where learning meets fun, and every child's potential is nurtured! We take pride in providing a safe and enriching environment that supports your child's academic journey and overall development.

Our mission is simple: to create a space where children thrive academically and socially. Our experienced and dedicated staff members are committed to fostering a love for learning through engaging enrichment activities, including arts and crafts, STEM projects, and educational games. These activities not only ignite creativity, but also sharpen critical thinking skills.

Communication is at the heart of what we do. We believe in a strong partnership with parents/guardians, and we maintain open channels for regular updates on your child's progress, achievements, and upcoming events. Regular parent-teacher conferences and progress reports ensure that we work together to bring out the absolute best in your child.

Our days are designed to strike the perfect balance between academic support and enjoyable experiences. Whether it's tackling homework assignments with our skilled tutors, or exploring new interests in crafting, art, or games like chess and dominos, each child's unique talents are celebrated.

At our After-School Care & Homework Help Program, your child will not only excel academically, but also build valuable life skills such as teamwork, resilience, and problem-solving. We provide a variety of opportunities for social growth, from interactive games to environmental activities that instill a sense of responsibility for the world around us.

Join us on this exciting journey of discovery, where education is empowering, and friendships are everlasting. Together, let's create a brighter future for your child! Enroll now and be a part of our vibrant community.
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