About Us

Open the Wonders of Discovery

Welcome to Tots R Us Day Care where your child experiences the joys of new discovery and learning!

My name is Lumen (or Lumin as I am known to friends and family) Dela Cruz and I am the owner and founder of Tots R Us Day Care. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and day care provider. Tots R Us is a labor of love and a natural extension that grew from my passion for teaching children. Our warm, community inspired educational day care service is located in the heart of the charming city in the East Bay we love, Alameda, CA!

LuminSitting2I obtained my professional development through Early Childhood Education classes, workshop trainings and conferences. I completed my Bachelor degree in Elementary Education in 1967 and received my teaching credential in 2003. I have received numerous certificates of achievement for Professional Growth Activity,  Child Development, Family Child Care, California Child Initiative, Infants & Toddlers, Language to Literacy and from the Neighborhood Accreditation. I have been teaching for over 20 years, where I have been trusted by the community, parents and children. I continue to be committed to providing the highest quality of care for all of the children I am privileged to prepare for school readiness.

My teaching philosophy remains positively influenced from my experiences as a Montessori teacher. Montessori is an educational approach founded on the belief that children learn best when they are comfortable in an environment which respects each individuals’ unique potential. My primary focus here is to help them attain academic success and reach their full potential.

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