The Toddler Patch

"Where fun and learning go hand in hand!"


CT License #55325    Exp: 12/31/2017

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Welcome to The Toddler Patch, as featured on NBC30 News.  My name is Sarah Rice and I am the owner of The Toddler Patch home daycare. I am happily married to my husband Jay and we have three beautiful children; Victoria, Matthew and Cameron. I have resided in West Hartford, CT since I was a small child and I attended Webster Hill Elementary School, Sedgwick Middle School and Conard High School where I graduated in 1991.

My dream of motherhood came true when I gave birth to my first child in 1994.  Becoming a mother has been one of my greatest accomplishments and proudest moments.  I have always enjoyed being surrounded by children and prior to opening my home daycare I was a school bus driver for the West Hartford Public Schools for fifteen years.  I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to open my own child care business where I can spend quality time with my own children while at the same time providing other families with tender loving child care.

I have over a decade of experience with Juvenile Diabetes. My son Matthew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was two years old. He has always had excellent control of his blood sugar levels and is now working hard to become self-sufficient in managing his Diabetes. I am happy to provide care for other children who have Diabetes. Parents will have peace of mind knowing their child is being cared for by a qualified trustworthy mother who understands the commitment and dedication it takes to keep a child with Diabetes safe and healthy.  I am very fortunate to have established a thriving home daycare business where I truly look forward to welcoming each child that enrolls into my daycare as part of my family.

Comments from Parents

"I have nothing but good things to say about The Toddler Patch. The owner, Sarah, has cared for my daughter several times and I have always felt comfortable and satisfied with the care she receives. Sarah is kind, patient and professional. I recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking for affordable quality daycare."
- Erin K.

"A wonderful and trusting environment!" - Fran S.

“Sarah is AMAZING! She is patient, kind and loving. Being an educator myself, I know how important a child's first "school" experience. Sarah teaches the kids a variety of skills including fine and gross motor skills, phonics, ABCs and allows the children freedom of expression through various art projects and crafts. Sarah's daycare is MORE than a daycare--it's family. I would highly recommend Sarah's daycare to ANY parent looking for 5 star childcare.” – Caryn S.

“Sarah is wonderful! She makes leaving my daughter not so bad. Clean, family feel, happy kids, great hours. I was so lucky to find her.” – Angela Z.