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Details and information displayed here were provided by this business and may not reflect its current status. We strongly encourage you to perform your own research when selecting a care provider.

If enrolling more than one child, I will apply a 10% discount on the second one.
In business since: 2014
Total Employees: 1


State license status: Licensed ( verified on 8/30/2022)
This business has satisfied California's requirements to be licensed. For the most up-to-date status and inspection reports, please view this provider's profile on California's licensing website.
Licensing requirements typically include:
  • Complying with safety and health inspections
  • Achieving the required levels of educational training
  • Maintaining a minimum caregiver-to-child ratio
  • Other state-defined requirements


Monday :
8:00AM - 3:30PM
Tuesday :
8:00AM - 3:30PM
Wednesday :
8:00AM - 3:30PM
Thursday :
8:00AM - 3:30PM
Friday :
8:00AM - 3:30PM
Saturday :
Sunday :
Program Capacity:

Cost & Availability

Class Type Rate Rate Type Availability *
Toddler $ 325 per week 1
Infant $ 325 per week 0
*availability last updated on 06/03/2022
Full Time (5 days/wk)
Part Time (1-4 days/wk)
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Ratings & Reviews

( 16)
Silvia M
Serena's Smiling Sun is the best daycare ever!! Serena took care of my son since he was 18 months to 3 years old and we all had a wonderful time with her. We trust her 100% and never had to worry, she is loving, organizes great activities and play time for the kids, and prepares delicious meals and lunches. Her house is very nice, big space for the kids to play inside, a great backyard for a lot of play time outside. We miss her now that we are in a bigger school and had to move as the group of kids changed to be all much younger than our son. I highly recommend Serena's Smiling Sun!
Svasti H
As first time parents who were nervous about their son being taken care outside our family, Serena was the answer to our prayers. Her warmth and genuine love and affection for the children in her charge are palpable. More than that, her entire family became like a second family to our son over the time we were with her.
Our son was 10 months old when Serena starting taking care of him and we only removed him when he was 2.5 years old because we wanted him to go to a bigger school closer to our house to have more kids of his own age to socialize with. He still misses Ms. Serena's amazing lunches and asks every other week if he can go to Ms Serena's today. Cannot recommend more highly.
Erica H
Having Serena as our son's caretaker has been the biggest blessing for our family! We were moving back to San Diego in the middle of the pandemic and had no idea what we were going to do for child care for our one year old amidst all the uncertainty, and that is when we were referred to Serena.

The moment we met her we knew we wanted to have our son attend Serena's Smiling Sun! She has been the absolute BEST, most professional and most loving caretaker we could have asked for. Our son loves Serena to bits and met his two best buddies while attending her daycare. We all cried when we had to leave Serena because we moved too far away to keep our son there.

I can't recommend her enough, she is just the best of the best and her lovely home is such a great place for kids to play and learn! Plus, she makes delicious, homemade, balanced lunches for the kids and my super picky son LOVED her cooking!! We love you Serena!
Serena really cares for her kiddos like they are her own. Healthy meals, beautiful home with lots of natural light, safe backyard. My son was so happy to see her in the mornings, and didn't really care if I picked him up in the afternoon! Serena is so trustworthy and caring; I am so thankful my kid got to spend time with her.
Juliana E
Ok, so I don't even know where to start. Let's just say that besides my husband and my mom, Serena is the only person that I trust to take care of my son.
She has always been amazing and once you meet her, you will notice how kind, patient, friendly and reliable she is. She is always one step ahead to make sure the kids are all happy and safe.
Her place is perfect: spacious, bright and clean, with a great outdoor area for the little ones to play and enjoy some fresh air. My son always loved her healthy home cooked meals.
I really can't say enough about Serena and I would definitely recommend her family daycare!!! Dear Serena, thank you so much for everything!!! :)
Meghan L
Serena and her beautiful home are the gold standard in home daycares! From the moment we met Serena, I knew she was the right fit for us. She is warm, kind, funny, and it's easy to see that caring for children is second nature to her. I also love that her house is very open and there are several areas and rooms, including a large outdoor space, for the children to play. While my daughter fights eating, Serena continues to help us try new foods and problem solve. Just one example of her dedication to her littles. Every time I drop off my daughter at Serena's, I go about my day feeling so good knowing she is in the best of hands. It truly is the biggest gift!
Marilee O
Serena is an absolutely exceptional caregiver; I cannot say enough good things about her!! She took care of my toddler for two years. My daughter made so many amazing friends, adored Miss Serena, and was always so excited for the delicious and nutritious lunches she made! Serena is patient, loving, organized, so dependable and responsible, and sooo much fun. Looking for your dream daycare? This is it!
Ellie S
Our daughter attended Serena's daycare starting when she was 6 months old. We had such a wonderful experience with Serenas daycare. She always had constructive activities and healthy food for the kids. Our daughter loved being there and she actually cried and wouldn't leave Serena's arms when I arrived for pickup. I cannot recommend Serena enough - she has been the very best provider that we have experienced.
Serena took care of both my boys for a year and we were so happy with the care she provided. She was attentive to each unique personality while maintaining a consistent routine full of fun and learning. She is wonderful at communicating with you each day. Serena genuinely enjoys her time with the children and the children truly love being with her. My oldest son still misses spending time at Serena's house and asked if we could move to California too! :) We were very lucky to have had her in our lives and would definitely recommend her to other families!
Serena watched our son for many years and was amazing! She is kind and loving, but still expects good behavior and fair play amongst the kids. My little guy is rambunctious and she was always positive and graceful with her feedback on his daily actions and behavior. She taught him to be very gentle and kind with the other smaller children and we were so sad when the day came for our son to graduate to school because we miss Serena dearly! We loved the fun arts/crafts, sing songs and activities they did together and I would highly recommend Serena as a babysitter/daycare professional!
Tracy G
My daughter has been going to Serena's for 2 years, starting when she was just over a year old. She absolutely loves going there. Serena is amazing with children. She truly cares for the children in her care as if they were her own. Her home is very clean. She has plenty of toys and activities, and takes them outside when there's decent weather. My daughter also loves the healthy food she serves. It is obvious that the kids are all happy to be there. I recommend her to all my friends with babies/toddlers.

I've sent my older kids to other in home daycares and Serena's is by far the best. I've felt my daughter was in the very best care at Serena's. We will miss her greatly when my daughter transfers to preschool this fall.
Leah M
It's hard for me to write this because I can't believe that our time with Ms. Serena is coming to an end!

Serena has provided exceptional childcare for both my daughters over the past 5+ years. Each daughter was always willing and eager to head out the door each morning to go to Ms. Serena's. They built strong friendships in a nurturing, caring and stimulating environment and love Ms. Serena.

Ms. Serena provides daily feedback regarding your child's disposition, behavior and eating habits for the day providing clear communication with parents which is always helpful. She is consistent in setting boundaries and behavioral expectations and takes age appropriate action when boundaries are challenged and/or inappropriate behavior exhibited.

My children have thrived under her care and let me assure you that you would be hard-pressed to find a better childcare provider. Luckily she's close by so we will still be able to see her around the neighborhood!
Rebecca A
Hands down the best Child Care I have ever had. I interviewed and toured many facilities when my daughter was a baby and none of them came even remotely close to what I was looking for. As a first time Mom I was paranoid about leaving my little girl and after meeting Serena and her family, I knew instantly it was a fit for us. Serena is one of the kindest people I know and she has always treated my daughter as one of her own. She is loving, caring, listens to any and all concerns, and goes above and beyond when it comes to hot lunches, playing outside, indoor playtime, reading, and special crafts with the children. She used to send me pictures throughout the day of my daughter and would give me updates on her schedule (again, paranoid first time mom). I knew she truly cared and wanted to do whatever she could to put me at ease and make sure my daughter felt safe and comfortable. Almost 4 years later, my daughter is now in pre-school and still to this day asks for Ms. Serena daily. She misses her and misses going there and I miss her too :) I will be forever thankful for Serena and for the love and care she gave to my daughter throughout her toddler years and beyond.
Serena is amazing! My son calls her Nanna and never wants to leave her house when I pick him up. I really appreciate that she fixes homemade wholesome food that my child loves. She also entertains the kids very well by making sweet projects, reading and a good verity of toys to play with. She is very caring and wanting to help our children grow into amazing people. And that I appreciate so much!!!
Serena is awesome. She takes care of kids very well. She cooks delicious and nutritious meals. She has nice playarea for kids. She takes them to backyard and for little walk. Perfect place for infants and toddlers to be in cozy and homely environment.
Brook B
Serena has been wonderful to work with! Her love for children shines through with every interaction she's had with my son and all the other children at her sweet little daycare. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for childcare!
If enrolling more than one child, I will apply a 10% discount on the second one.
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