“When our plans for daytime child care unexpectedly fell through recently, Christina stepped in to help provide interim care for our 7-month-old son. We are so grateful to her for restoring a bit of normalcy during this challenging time. Not only was she very attentive and loving to our son, she was also a very helpful resource to us, coaching us through sleep training, sharing her child development expertise, and establishing more consistent routines for him that have served our family well ever since,”
-Jenni & Steve B.
“We’ve been working with Christina for almost a year now and our 2.5 year old adores her. She has a calm, confident approach that gently, yet effectively, enforce boundaries. We really appreciate her scheduling flexibility, and are grateful for her respectful caregiving!”
“I feel very lucky to have been referred to Christina for the care of our 2 1/2 year old son, Dean. She is caring, attentive calm and very dependable. Christina listens thoughtfully and finds creative ways to engage with Dean. She is also respectful of routines and is attuned to any adjustments she might need to make. He looks forward to her arrival each time!”
“Little Palms is amazing, and that magic is made by Christina who runs the small day care out of her home. My daughter went there when she was 18 months and she had an incredible experience and was asking for Christina within days. She never cried when I dropped her off, but she threw a tantrum 90% of the time when I picked her up – she never wanted to leave!
I looked at a lot of day cares before making the transition from a nanny to a day care, and this was absolutely, hands-down the best. Christina taught my daughter new songs, a love for books, how to sit in circle time, how to paint and do other fun art projects, how to use her words and not just whine when she wanted something, and good manners (e.g. saying excuse me mommy at 19 months :). I also love that Christina takes the kids out on little walks to nearby parks and to the library for story time.
And as a parent, Christina was always very professional and conscientious, and was great at communicating and sending pictures/text or email updates throughout the day. ”
“My husband and I stumbled across Little Palms Daycare while we were looking to quickly move our daughter, Lula, from the daycare she was in. Although it had only been a few days, she was having a terrible time adjusting, crying all day, not sleeping and terribly depressed. Naturally, we were not sure if it was just our daughter having a hard time in a group setting or if it was the daycare itself. The minute that we met Danielle Milner and Christina James, we knew that this place was different. These ladies are very grounded, approachable, calm and caring. From the very start, there was much less energy placed on trying to impress us, and more focus on establishing a real connection with Lula. During her transition, they made sure to send photos and updates, reassuring us that she was doing well, and they always responded immediately to my calls and texts. From our daughter’s first day she was calm and happy in their presence, even napping with ease. I now know that the other daycare was absolutely a poor fit for Lula, and that Christina and Danielle are just exceptional with children.
It is no exaggeration to say that the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my entire life was to go back to work and have to find a suitable replacement, (for myself) to care for my daughter. I thank my lucky stars that I found Little Palms Daycare. I have not spent a single minute in worry since my daughter has been in Christina and Danielle’s care. They are certainly the best-kept secret in all of Marin.”
“I’m writing this post to let you all know that two lovely young women, Christina James and Danielle Milner have opened Little Palms Day Care. I first met them when my (then) 4 month old daughter started at a daycare in San Anselmo. Due to unforeseen family problems, that daycare had to close unexpectedly. As a new mom, I was devastated as my daughter was loving the other kids and the lovely women who cared for her. As it worked, Christina and Danielle offered nanny care over the summer during which time their licensing and daycare certification was pending.
(That’s the long story, short).
What can I say about them? All things positive! They are very loving, interactive, caring, and nurture child development- motor skills, creativity, outdoor play (to name a few). They both have a wealth of experience and advanced degrees to compliment their love for children and positive, calming demeanors. My daughter is now at the point where she wants to stay and play most days :-).”