Two Menlo Park moms are founders of Toddle, a combined on-demand playcare and preschool

by Linda Hubbard on March 9, 2015

Local Menlo Park moms, Amy Burnett (pictured, right) and Heather Hopkins, are attempting to fill a  niche with the opening of Toddle next week.

“We are a hybrid,” explains Heather, who is also the founder of My New Red Shoes. “We offer preschool with all its usual features. But, in addition, we offer flexible playcare that caters to busy families.”

Adds Amy: “It’s very hard to find part-time child care. A lot of people need a couple of hours here and there.”

Toddle’s Penquin Preschool is a program for kids age three to kindergarten, featuring a four-hour morning from one to five days a week. In contrast, Open Play is teacher-supervised indoor and outdoor play that can range from five to 80 hours a month. More detailed information and pricing are available on the Toddle website.

Heather had been working on the concept for about a year when she approached Amy to partner with her. They were once neighbors, and their first born children are just a few months apart.

“What I’d found is that if you’re working part-time, it is hard to find a nanny or a baby sitter,” said Heather. “There are places you can go work but you can’t leave the kids, so it’s hard to work. That parents can leave is the whole point. That’s the need we’re filling.”

Toddle will be located at 3131 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park and will open on March 16.

Photo by Irene Searles (in Amy’s backyard, not at Toddle)


keva dine March 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm


* a few years late for my kids but still YEAH!!!! and THANK YOU !!*
Can I raise my hand for On-Demand After-School/Holiday/Summer Childcare pretty please!? Spent way too many hours and burnt way to much energy lining up coverage for Spring Break….

– Keva Dine

Heather Hopkins April 07, 2015 at 7:07 am

Thanks, InMenlo! We just wanted to let everyone know that our Open Play program starts at age two. The Penguin Preschool program starts at age three.
Our vacation programs go up through age six.

Heather Hopkins
Toddle Owner

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