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Welcome to

Mrs. Durgin's Playcare


Our daycare accepts children 2-5 years old

with a maximum of 8 children enrolled at one time.


We are located in Petaluma, CA

close to Meadow Elementary School 

Supporting our Local Community


"Our Officers understand how traumatic and scary accidents and emergencies can be for children. To aid in making them feel comfortable and safe during those incidents, our officers carry teddy bears in their patrol cars to give out.

Recently the owner of Mrs. Durgin's Play Care Center, Debra Durgin, donated new stuffed animals for our agency to continue this service. We sincerely appreciate her generosity.  As a fun fact, Debra's father was a Detective at the Los Angeles Police Department from 1969-1989, specializing in narcotics.

For more information about  Mrs. Durgin's Play Care Center, please use the website:

#donations #publicsafety #thankyou #teddybear #petalumapd #firstresponders #inthistogether #lawenforcement #patrol #protectandserve"


- Quote and image from Petaluma Police Department Facebook Page

We recently donated new stuffed animals to the Petaluma Police department as part of their "Caring For Kids On Scene- Teddy Bear Program." We couldn't be more honored to support our Police Department and help the children of our local community!

Our Playcare Philosophy

At Mr.s Durgin's playcare, I provide your child with loving care, understanding, patience and guidance in a happy family setting. We offer age appropriate activities and a flexible schedule catered to our children's' unique needs. Children literally run in each day and when their parents come to pick them up they don't want to leave.


With guidance from professional educators and occupational therapists, we offer a preschool curriculum which facilitates the development of large and small motor skills as well as social skills. When doing arts and crafts our focus is always on the process and having fun, rather than the final product. Activities are tailored to your child's age, interest, and ability. We value imagination and read a lot of books to the kids. We also do arts and crafts, bubbles, sand play, water play, dancing, story telling, riding big wheels, and more!

It is here that children begin developing important skills they will use for the rest of their lives. We believe that free play is also an important part of a child's early years and make sure that is a part of every day.


We serve family style dining and fresh healthy food. We have cots for nap time (assigned to each child and cleaned weekly) and for children who don't nap we have restful quiet time. 


We are currently welcoming new families.

Contact us to learn more.

Take a Glimpse at
Our Curriculum


Mother Goose Time: Early Learning

Mother Goose Time is a professionally designed preschool curriculum for use in schools, home playcares, and chilldcare centers. Our nationally recognized curriculum nurtures the whole child and supports the child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Inspire a joy for learning as you and your children explore our monthly themes.

Example Schedule





Breakfast and clean up. Toilet time.
Circle time, question of the day
Crafts. Toilet Time.
Outside play/Snack time
Lunch and clean up. Toilet Time.
Slow down and Quiet Time.
Rest Time.

Afternoon Snack. Toilet Time. Study Time for older children. Story 
Time, puzzles, coloring, games.
Clean up time and get ready to go home.


Meet Mrs. Durgin & Tom

Hello, I'm Debra and my husband is Tom. Our greatest joy has been our four grandchildren, which we have had the honor to be a great part of our lives. We got to walk my oldest to school everyday from Kindergarten through 6th grade and volunteered when ever needed. We have been blessed to be within walking distance and see them almost everyday, and got to take them on Friday Adventures every summer vacation, and all the other time off throughout the year. 

Now that they are leaving the state my husband and I thought how can we still be a part of little people's lives? That's when we decided to open a daycare. When all is said and done the best thing I can leave behind is the love and caring of little people. 

This past year really took a toll on all of us. It wasn't easy with so much change, but I channeled my energy into helping others so the most vulnerable in our community could have enough food, transportation, shelter, and love during this hard time. Click here to read about my story on Petaluma 360. Tom has been a contractor in the area since 1992 and continues to work on small projects when he isn't working with me at the playcare. We are both certified in first aid and CPR.

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*Photos of us and our grandchildren

What Parents are Saying

“Ms. Debra took my 3-year-old in to her daycare. She made him feel welcome and loved from the moment he walked in the door. I appreciated Ms. Debra’s kind nature and great communication. It makes such a difference leaving your child when you know they are in good hands!"

Gina, Mom and Petaluma School District Teacher


Photo Gallery

Take a look inside of our playcare. We are proud of the space we've created and love seeing children enjoy it so much!

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