Melisa H

Dear parents:
It is will great pleasure that I write a recommendation for Mrs. Janet Maples’ daycare, Maple Leaf
Daycare located in Mclean, Virginia, not far from Arlington and Tysons Corner.
My son, Miles Cook began in her daycare when he was three months old in April 2019; and will continue
there through the end of August 2020. I would have kept him in the daycare longer, however, my family
is in the process of moving to Ethiopia.
My husband and I are big fans of in-home-daycares because the environment is so much more intimate
and personal compared to large, corporate daycare centers – much like a family. We have two older
daughters (now in elementary school) who also attended in-home-daycares, so we were keen to repeat
the experience. Our daughters’ former daycare was at maximum capacity when I needed to go back to
work, so I began researching other in-home-daycares that had availability – and I came across Maple
Leaf Daycare.
I visited Maple Leaf when I was still pregnant in 2018 and was pleased with what a nice home Janet
kept, how well the children were cared for, and what a lovely, safe backyard the children had access to
play in with a large swing set and toys. I could see how well she and the children go along and so we
selected her daycare, and I haven’t regretted it a single day since!
Janet made going back to work and being away from my son less stressful because I knew that he was
with his daycare family. He always comes home happy, well-fed, well-rested and clean. Her four
beautiful daughters love my son and treat him like their own little brother, and he adores being with
them too, just like his sisters. Janet has been a godsend to our family – even caring for our three
children occasionally on weekends, when we needed extra help. I traveled overseas often for work and
she took the sting out of it by frequently sending me pictures and videos of Miles.
As you research daycares, I would be happy to provide you with more information as a reference. I am in
Ethiopia now (7 hours ahead), but I can be available for a Skype call if you would like more information.
Best wishes,

Misha S.

Janet is a wonderful, nurturing, reliable daycare provider, and I cannot praise her high enough.
We had both our children, who are two years apart and have quite different personalities, with Janet’s Maple Leaf Daycare. Both of the kids had a wonderful time there, and they both absolutely love Janet.
Janet creates an environment that is both educational and fun. We could see our children develop (e.g. picking up new words and phrases, learning to pick up after themselves, and even eat better food!) even as they had a great time. The kids were always eager to get to Janet’s and reluctant to leave.
I highly recommend Janet’s Maple Leaf Daycare!

Samantha H.

Highly recommend Janet! She took care of both my girls, one starting at 3 months, and they absolutely adore her. She is particularly excellent with infants and has a wonderful backyard for nature walks in good weather.
Happy to chat with anyone for references or with questions on my experiences, just shoot me a note!

Jill P.

This is in regards to Janet Maples and her lovely in-home daycare. Janet has cared for my 4- year-old son full-time since 2017 on the days he wasn’t in pre-school, and she just recently started watching my 7-month-old daughter on a need-by-need basis. I trust her wholeheartedly with my children. What impresses me the most about Janet is her ability to make each child she cares for feel special, regardless of age. She has boundless energy and always has new activities and projects for the kids to work on to keep them stimulated, and for every age! She will help with potty training and aid in positive behavioral reinforcement. Her home is safe, clean and well-maintained, with a back room specifically for children and play. She also has a lovely backyard during the warmer months for outdoor play. Janet is continuous in taking evening classes to keep her safety certifications current and her child development education up-to-date. She is always educating me on the latest requirements for sleep safety, nutrition and developmental milestones. Not only is she excellent with children, she is very responsive and communicative with the parents. She will keep you informed daily on your child’s progress and check in with you throughout the day if you need reassurance of your child’s emotional well-being during the first few weeks of transition into her care. As of mother of 4, she knows the worries we have leaving our children in the hands of others. I highly recommend Janet and her daycare to any family looking for a trustworthy, honest and reliable caregiver. I feel very fortunate to have found her!

Dee N.

I rarely write reviews but I feel it’s important to share feedback on something as important as childcare, and I hope that this helps a fellow parent make the best decision for their family. Searching for the right place to entrust the care of your child is a daunting task. After much research and many tours, I brought my son, Navid, to Janet’s home daycare because of a gut feeling that it just felt like the right place. The space is huge, spotless, bright and happy feeling. The backyard has a playground that is well maintained and safe for the kids. Janet is amazing and took care of my son like he was her own. I feel that she truly cares about the well-being and happiness of each child. The daily photos and videos she sent made my day, every day! I’ve always felt peace of mind leaving my son there, and that is priceless when looking for the right childcare.

Janet’s home is truly a warm and nurturing environment where kids thrive. I would recommend it to anyone.


Aras benefitted a lot from her time in your care and you provided an excellent environment for her development and growth.

Sara D.