Why should I send my child to Mighty Bambinis?
At Mighty Bambinis, you will find a small family-like environment, with caregivers who will respect and cherish your child as much as you do. Evelyn and her team are experienced educators committed to providing enriching, loving, and reliable care. Our program is Reggio and RIE-inspired. Our “third teacher” (the space itself) encourages children to express themselves in various media and our curriculum is guided by the children’s interests and curiosity. We strive to provide children with opportunities to explore and construct their own understandings of the world around them. Through their daily experiences, they will gain as sense of self, competence and confidence in all of their abilities.
All Mighty Bambinis children, including Evelyn’s daughter Noelle, are infants and young toddlers that are close in age so they will all grow up together as friends. We encourage the children to have respectful encounters with their peers as an important part of their social and emotional development.
A few things that differentiate us from other childcare programs are:
- Unhurried, intention-filled, personalized family-centered care (RIE, Magda Gerber inspired)
- Indoor and large outdoor spaces to learn and explore (Reggio-designed)
- After 6-7 months of age, infants will be exposed to Baby Sign Language which helps babies communicate - reducing frustration, improving confidence, and developing language acquisition skills
-Homemade organic, food will be prepared daily for infants/toddlers old enough for solids
-Daily email logs with photos, daily face-to-face discussions with parents, parent conferences, community activities, and a diary for each child
Learn more about our Program's Reggio and RIE approach.
What are Mighty Bambinis hours?
We are open year-round Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. We will be closed some breaks (Christmas/New Years, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving) and on most SFUSD Holidays. We can be flexible with early drop-offs and late pick up, although fees will apply.
What ages and number of kids do you have?
We have 12 children on site each day with a 1:4 ratio (and sometimes even a 1:3 ratio). For the 2016 school year, we have 9 preschoolers (24+ months- 4 years old) and 3 infants.
What training do your staff have?
Our full-time teaching staff has a combined 50 years of classroom experience. Evelyn is an experienced elementary educator and early childhood teacher/caregiver. She has a Masters in Education, CA CTC Site Supervisor Permit, CA teaching credentials, and numerous Early Childhood Education credits. Her team of teachers love children and posses the observational and creative vision to create opportunities big and small for everyday discovery and explorations. All teachers are Infant / Pediatric CPR trained and have a clear background checks.
Learn more about Our Teachers.
What is your curriculum?
We are RIE and Reggio-inspired meaning we create meaningful project-based emergent curriculum based on children's interests. We provide developmentally appropriate care, activities and environments that stem from our careful observations of children's emerging skills and interests. We believe young children are competent, curious, resourceful learners. Within a predictable, individual rhythm of daily life (eating, sleeping, diapering, playing), children are free to explore.
For instance, the children recently became interested in letters and communication. It started when one child's mother sent a letter from home to help ease separation anxiety. They other children wanted to write letters to their "sad" friend, and soon their parents. We enlisted the help of family members in a package and mail project, and for weeks children began receiving boxes and letters. They read books about mail and letters. They met our mailman Anthony who gave them a tour of his mail van, showed them how he unlocked the mailbox, and they even wrote thank you letters to all their family. They learned how concepts of print, forms of communication, fine motor skills including tracing their names, "writing" and sealing envelopes. They learned about occupations, weights and sizes of letters/packages, and so much more.
Learn more about our Philosophy.
Do you help with potty training?
Yes! We are your partners in your child's toilet learning. Toilet learning means that your child is involved in their own learning about their body's processes. It begins with signs of readiness such as bowel movement control, when a child knows the feeling of a pee/poo, etc. We believe that routine care (diapering, toileting, feeding) are important prime times for learning and relationship building.
What is your admission process?
Choosing a place and a person to care for your child is a big decision. We start by having you fill out our getting to know you form, set up a phone call, then invite you in for a tour/play date. Coming in for a play date is the best way to learn about our program and our teachers. At the tour, you'll see our indoor and outdoor spaces, learn about our program and hopefully we'll learn about you and your child, your needs, and wants. If you decide to enroll, we'll send you the enrollment paperwork and you can submit your deposit to reserve your spot. As your child's start date nears, we'll develop a transition plan to help ease the transition for everyone.
Come over for a tour and meet with Evelyn and her staff.
What are the fees?
Visit our Enrollment page for detailed information.
Read more in Our Handbook.
Evelyn Fidler Nichols