Welcome

Hello, My name is Lucille Valdivia,

I welcome you to email me at vfamilydc@aol.com for details and current fees. I also have a FAQ section on my web page that can answer some questions concerning my day care. I am open Monday thru Thursday. I am closed Fridays. You can find my application on my web page @ valdiviafamilydaycare.com. Please go to the bottom of the first page where you will see a link to "application". Please email me your application to vfamilydc@aol.com. The application fee of $40.00 should be mailed in prior to our phone interview which I will schedule with you once I receive your application and only if there is an upcoming opening. If you prefer to mail the application to me please refer to the address listed at the bottom of the application. Please email me any questions you may have. We are closed Monday, January 16th.


Please read below for application and interview procedures.

I operate a state licensed (384000643) infant and toddler childcare in my home. Ages 3 months to 2.9 years. I enroll infants ages 3 months to 18 months.

Thank you for your interest in my program. .


  • My enrollment is 2-3 children at any one time only.
  • Full time and part time slots are available depending on current enrollment.
  • There are no drop-in slots.
  • Enrollment is for ages 3 months to 18 months.
  • Families are welcomed to send in an application and family photo in order to be put on the wait list when I have an upcoming opening. Please, DO NOT send in the application fee unless the site states that there is an opening or you are welcomed to e-mail to check. You are free to e-mail me to check in and ask questions. If an opening is available I will contact you if the opening is within the time frame you requested on the application. If you are still interested in interviewing I will ask you at that time to mail in the application fee and when it is received I will contact you to schedule the phone interview, and so on.

Steps in the enrollment/interview process:

  • Application, family photo and application fee of $40.00 (see below)
  • 30 minute Phone interview (by appt., see below)
  • 30 minute In-house interview (by appt. see below)
  • 15 minute morning observation (by appt. see below)
  • Interviews are only conducted when an opening is available. If you decide to send in an application it will be ready for interview (wait-listed) if an opening becomes available. I will contact you ONLY if an opening becomes available. You are free to e-mail me to check in. Please note that I do update my web site monthly. I will contact you via e-mail when I receive your application.

In order to be put on the wait list please send in an application and a family photo. Do not send in the application fee unless I contact you due to a future opening. Thank you. Of course you can email me to see if I have information concerning a future opening. You are free to e-mail me to check in. If an opening is available I will contact you if the opening is within the time frame you requested on the application. If you are still interested in interviewing I will ask you at that time to mail in the application fee and when it is received I will contact you to schedule the phone interview, and so on.

HOW OPENINGS ARE DETERMINED: Families relocate or have changes to their current situations, preschool slots open up for my current families earlier than expected at times or the children transition to preschool as usual. These factors determine whether slots open up sooner than expected in my program. For these reasons, I keep a wait list only of parents who have applied and gone through the interview process. Please note that the application process does precede the in-house interview and tours. Thank you!

  • My ratio is 2-3:1 with only two to three children enrolled at any one time.Because of the small ratio. I do not have drop in slots available. I only enroll children ages 3 months to 18 months.
  • To enroll and be considered for an opening:

    1. Fill out an application (found on my website at the bottom of the site) 2. Mail it in along with a $40.00 non-refundable application fee. (Please only send in the application fee if an opening is posted or I contact you saying one is available) Please write the check out to Lucille Valdivia. And a photo of your family

    3. After I receive your application I will call you to schedule a phone interview(scheduled usually at 6:05pm (this may change to an earlier time in the future) Monday and Wednesdays), and a tour. 4. Tours are 30 minutes long. Please plan to bring your child so that I may meet him or her. 5.Tours are usually scheduled on 5:00pm to 5:30pm (this may change to an earlier time in the future). 6. There will be a second tour scheduled as a 15 minute observation at 8:30am, days may vary. 7. There is a wait-list if an opening is not currently available.



    Did you know that according to the San Francisco Chronicle, dated August 8th, 2006, "The annual average cost to care for an infant or toddler is $25,439". "For preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, the cost is $16,562. Child care in the city of San Francisco is very costly admittedly. Quality programs are constantly struggling with the raising costs of running their childcare programs.Keeping this in mind, the ratio of the program and the loving yet professionalism of the childcare provider is vitally important. Clearly just as important is the food served, toys, books and activities available to the children. Many programs have a 3:1 ratio for very young infants and as the infant reaches a year the ratio usually changes to 4:1 and by 2 years of a age the ratio changes to 6:1. In most infant and toddler programs although the ratios are such there are up to 3 adults and 9 infants in one large space. The amount of adults and children in one space gradually increase as the children grow. In my daycare I only enroll up to 4 children at one time and there is one full time adult as well, and a sub available as needed in most situations, an ideal ratio without the same amount of individuals as in the majority of childcare programs.Please email me at vfamilydc@aol.com which is the best way to reach me, or call me at 415-285-2838 to leave a message. I am located in the San Francisco area, Mission neighborhood. Because of my own background and experience I offer a culturally sensitive environment for your child.Infants are loved and nurtured through constant attention. Where ever I go in the daycare the infants are with me or put them in an area of safety at all times. Younger infants are never left alone with older infants or toddlers. Before they crawl they are either in my arms, near me on the mat for floor time, in a booster seat or laying in the crib while I prepare for meal times or change diapers. I do not believe that the crib or booster seat is where a non-mobile infant should be during the day except at meals or when sleeping. Infants want to be a part of everything just as much as we do. The environment should be warm and inviting but not overly, visually stimulating.I have experience with severe food allergies and asthma and epilepsy. I serve organic snacks and lunch and milk(children eat breakfast at home). I have 30 units in ECE/Child development units and an A.A. Degree with experience in child care. My husband, Abel, is my co-owner. For the first 6 1/2 years he worked as my partner in the child care. Abel now only covers for me at opening if needed, in the later part of the afternoons, and he is my on call substitute when available. We both are licensed and have current CPR pediatric training and first aid, as well as our health and safety training. Please read about us and contact me if you are interested in the quality and the caring energy that goes into my family daycare.