Almost Home is a remarkable child care serving many young children for over 23 years in Ridgefield CT and extending the brand to Wallingford CT entitling to provide child care to the communities in both Fairfield County and New Haven County.Almost Home Child Care was founded in 1998 and bought by the Simhadri Family. I am Shanti Simhadri and my husband is Sairam Simhadri. We are honored to be the owners’ of Almost Home Child Care. We have two incredible daughters. Both of us are experienced business owners and have been in the corporate IT field for a number of years, but finally we’ve accomplished to do what we truly enjoy – being with kids! We have the Bachelor’s degree in Computers and Science and possessed our business finesse from our family background.
The importance of sharing love and caring for the young ones comes naturally to us, thanks to the family values which were embedded in us since our childhood. We strongly believe that children are the biggest source of happiness and make life much more fun and worth living.
Almost Home has been in operation for many years, continuously providing a warm, nurturing and safe environment for young children. It is wonderful to be surrounded by the devoted staff and adorable children. My husband and I are committed to continue teaching and caring for children with all it takes to offer the best program possible. As a family owned business, we keep up the “family values” as we move ahead in this exciting new endeavor for us. We continue to pursue and make Almost Home always a better place for our children.
Wallingford is an amazing community. We have been welcomed so warmly and would like to welcome you to come and visit us at Almost Home Child Care and see for yourself what an amazing facility and program we offer.
Meet Our Staff
Our staff has highly educated teachers that have dedicated their life to quality early childhood education. Through continuing education workshops and on the job training, we make sure we stay up to date with our curriculum and best practices to follow. All of our staff are CPR and First Aid Certified plus have training in administering Epi Pen’s, Nebulizer’s and Medication with appropriate and necessary medical permission. Everyone here has a “Why Not” attitude and are happy to help every family ease the stress of their day to day lives.
I have worked in childcare for over 20 years. I have my Bachelors in Business Management through Albertus Magnus and will be returning to school to obtain a second Bachelor’s Degree from Post University for Child Studies. I live in Rocky Hill with my husband, Nick, my four children and two dogs. The children of today are our future which is the reason why I have dedicated my life to them. It is my primary goal every day to make sure that each and every child that is at Almost Home is given every opportunity to be the best individual they possibly can be.
Danielle-Assistant Director/Center Float
I have been working in childcare for 15 years. I have earned a head teacher certification and a CDA. I love working in early childhood education because it is the foundation of a child’s life. Being able to be part of a helping them develop into strong, independent students and people is rewarding. Watching a child grow and develop is amazing and to be a part of the process is even better. I lived in Wallingford my whole life. I have an 8 year old dog named Emmett Smith. My favorite thing to do is go to the beach in the summer. I love watching football and reading a good book.
Giovanna-Infant Lead Teacher
I have worked for have been in childcare for six years. I have had the privilege of working with all age groups during my career and am really excited about taking the Lead Infant Teacher position here at Almost Home. I am working on my CDA in Infant/Toddler studies and am CPR certified. I live locally with my husband and dog, Toby. We are huge Dallas Cowboys fans and watch every game we can. I love working at Almost Home because I have the responsibility of working with each child on all of their milestones during their first year of life.
Deb-Toddler’s Lead Teacher
My name is Deb Greenberg. My favorite thing about my job is being around children. I love teaching them something new every day. I have had my own home daycare for over 32 years which has given me lots of experience and training. I live in Wallingford and have for 35 years. My favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree written by Shel Silverstien. In my spare time I like to read.
Lora- Toddler Teacher
My name is Lora and I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. While growing up, I was lucky to have many inspirational teachers that taught me the importance of a quality education. My goal is to provide just that for the children at Almost Home. I attended Mitchell College where I received my Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. I have continued my education and have a few credits towards my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite children’s book is Jessica written by Kevin Henkes. I have worked with children for about 12 years and two of those years have been dedicated to Almost Home Daycare.
Julie- Toddler Teacher
I have about 8 years of experience working with children. I have been working at Almost Home for about a year and half and loved every minute of it. Prior to working here, I have worked and volunteered at other daycares. I have completed several college classes such as Psychology of Childhood, Psychology of Adolescent and Principle of Learning. I love working with kids because they are so amazingly adorable. I love witnessing a child learn new things. They teach me how to care unselfishly. I have lived in Wallingford my whole life. My favorite children book is If you Give a Pig a Pancake written by Laura Numeroff. My favorite children’s movie is “The Little Mermaid”.
Jessica- Toddler Teacher
Before I worked at Almost Home, I babysat for children ages 4 months- 7 years old. My favorite part about working with children is just having fun with them. I enjoy doing puzzles, playing games and staying active. I have been a teacher at Almost Home for under a year but I have learned so much. Children are great role models for adults to learn how to be open minded, creative and just happy. I am currently a college student Middlesex Community College and majoring in Social Work. I love all children’s literature, but if I had to choose a favorite book I would say, The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss.
Kim- Teacher Assistant
My name is Kim and I have 10 years of child care experience worked at this center since 2008. I have Bachelors in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University. I love working with children because they are fun, inquisitive and keep me on my toes. I love how they absorb information with so much excitement.
Crystal- Preschool Lead Teacher
Elaine-Preschool 4 Teacher
I have worked in child care for over 20 years and have been working at this center with for several years. My favorite part of my job is working with each and every child that comes into my classroom. I enjoy working independently with each of them and challenging them appropriately. I get such a thrill when I see my children at Graduation and I have full confidence they are ready for Kindergarten.
Lisa- Teacher Assistant
I have worked at Almost Home Daycare for over a year but have worked in Preschool classroom for 8 years. I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Middlesex Community College My favorite part about coming to work is the ability to interact with the children socially and academically. I find this very rewarding. I am naturally a very energetic person so I enjoy the children’s face paced personalities.
Shirley- Center floater
I have been a teacher at this center since 2000 and love being able to spend time with all the children. I was a CPN in Pediatrics for 22 years which gave me a strong understanding of expected childhood milestones. My favorite part of working at Almost Home is being able to provide encouragement to every child and watch how they can reach personal success.