Toddle, the West Menlo Park day care center that takes children by the hour as a convenience for busy parents, opened March 23 at 3131 Alameda de las Pulgas, at the intersection with Manzanita Avenue.
The center, which also has a preschool, accommodates up to 24 children from ages 2 to 6, said Heather Hopkins, who co-founded the center with Amy Burnett. Registration and reservations are done through the website at toddle.org.
The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available on the Alameda and in the driveway.
Ms. Hopkins is the founder and board chair of My New Red Shoes, a Redwood City nonprofit that provides new shoes to children living in poverty. Ms. Burnett sits on the board of Fit Kids, which organizes free after-school fitness programs at Bay Area schools, including in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City.
Some neighbors opposed the center when it was being considered by the San Mateo County Planning Commission. When the commission approved the plans, 14 neighbors appealed the decision to the Board of Supervisors. The board rejected the appeal in July 2014, giving Toddle's founders the green light to go ahead with their plans.
Since Toddle opened, there have been neighbors with children who have signed up for day care, Ms. Hopkins said.