What Daycare and Preschool should be: A place where children THRIVE!

What Daycare and Preschool should be: A place where children THRIVE!

What Daycare and Preschool should be: A place where children THRIVE!What Daycare and Preschool should be: A place where children THRIVE!What Daycare and Preschool should be: A place where children THRIVE!

About Us


Who We Are


Hello!   My name is Sonja Hill and I am the Owner and Director of Hansel &  Gretel Daycare & Preschool. 

Thank you for taking the time to  visit our website.

I am a wife and proud mother of two adult children.  I  have an undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood Education and  pursue continuing education.   With over eighteen years of daycare and  preschool experience, I have operated Hansel & Gretel in its current location for over seventeen years.  I am proud to introduce you to my small but powerful little school.  

Hansel & Gretel is my passion. I created it to be the epitome of  what discerning parents want in a daycare and preschool experience. Hansel  & Gretel is what I was unable to find years ago when looking for  care for my own children. I wanted a place where my children would LOVE  to go each day. I wanted a place where my children would be nurtured, well  educated and intellectually stimulated with a variety of activities. I wanted a place  that was clean and well supplied, with plenty of toys for all of the  children. I wanted a place that was culturally diverse, with educated  and well qualified staff, whose love of children showed in their demeanor and actions. A lover of reading myself, I wanted a facility  that would help foster that love in my children.  A place with lots of  books that recognized the powerful impact  learning to read has on a child's life and intentionally focused on teaching  students to read.   Simply put, I wanted an all-inclusive experience, the Best of the Best. And that's  just what I've created with my little school, Hansel & Gretel Daycare & Preschool.



About Us


Hansel & Gretel Daycare  & Preschool is a State licensed, home based facility located in a  large home in a quiet court in the beautiful City of Hercules.  

We offer innovative and well researched thematic curriculum, filled with fun and exciting activities, planned lessons, measured benchmarks tied to Common Core Standards, S.T.E.M. activities, Spanish and Sign Language instruction and more.  

A multicultural facility serving children between the ages of two through six, we pride ourselves in consistently delivering the absolute best in both daycare and preschool.  Our specialty is providing children with exciting and challenging  structured activities delivered in a well organized and engaging environment  - the best mix for learning.  Our classroom is designed especially to  suit the needs of preschoolers, conducive to both independent  exploration and teacher directed activities that reinforce and enrich  needed skills and concepts.  

A Nurturing & Stimulating Environment!
ABCs & 123s and so much more...



Our Mission

My core belief is that if given a variety of engaging, fun and  challenging learning activities, presented in nurturing  and  secure environment, children will naturally thrive. Our mission is to  light the fire of learning in the children in our care. We prepare our students to successfully enter kindergarten and, further, to become lifetime  learners, inquisitive about and eager to engage the world around them.  

Rather than subscribing to one early education philosophy, my approach  is to mix the best elements of several philosophies, with lots of personalization thrown in. I incorporate the hands-on learning approach  and classroom tools of Montessori, the nurturing, group learning and  rhythmic repetition principals of Waldorf, and the range of my  curriculum is very similar to that of The High Scope program. When  combined with much researched and self-developed ideas and curricula,  the end result is a unique program tailored to the educational, social  and emotional needs of children that works! 

We  don’t just claim to have an excellent program, we prove it! Our living  letters of recommendation are the children who are thriving under our  care and excel in school, and their happy, well-satisfied parents. I put  my heart and soul into Hansel & Gretel, and I am proud of the  result. In the world of daycare and preschools, our little school not  only holds its own, it excels. If you are looking for the BEST, you’ve  found it!   


Children engaging in STEM activities

 At Hansel & Gretel Daycare & Preschool, we offer action packed days full of fun activities. All of our  activities aid in  the social,  emotional and academic development of our students.  Children learn  best  when they are having fun! We tailor our lessons to each child's unique  learning style. Whether your child is a visual, auditory, or Kinesthetic Learner, our activities will engage and inspire!  

Our activities include: 

  • Reading instruction with heavy emphasis on phonics and phonemic awareness
  • Early Math
  • S.T.E.M. and Early Science
  • Letter and Number Recognition
  • Social Development
  • Lending Library
  • Cooking Activities
  • Spanish Instruction
  • Sign Language Instruction
  • Story time
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Musical Instruments
  • Large and fine motor skill development
  • Character building activities
  • Hula Classes
  • Sports Classes, and more...

Upcoming Openings:

Contact us Now for information on enrollment.  Limited immediate availability following the lift of the Shelter in Place Order.

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Want to Learn More?

Please contact us for more specifics about our program including availability and pricing.  

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Hansel & Gretel Daycare & Preschool

Hercules, CA 94547, USA

(510) 799-0830



07:30 am – 05:30 pm


07:30 am – 05:30 pm


07:30 am – 05:30 pm


07:30 am – 05:30 pm


07:30 am – 05:30 pm





Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed