A Who’s Who of Mountain Munchkins


Our goal behind this daycare is to provide an extension of your home so you can go through your day knowing your child is in safe and nurturing hands. Our objective is to help encourage child’s social, emotional, physical, expressive, and cognitive growth. Owner Daniela is the face you will see everyday, however none of this could happen without her lovely husband, Rick, by her side. With the support and encouragement of her husband and many in our community, we decided to opened our doors in 2013. There is no greater feeling then watching these young minds grow and blossom. 

Mountain Munchkins Lake Tahoe Beach

Rick & Mayla McDuffie

Daniela and Rick have been happily married since 2011 and both have huge hearts. In 2017 Mayla joined their little family to complete them. In the winter months Rick spends his time ski patrolling up at Alpine Meadows. And in the summer he is Captain Rick, cruising around on the Tahoe Gal. However, the kids prefer him at home playing all different types of musical instruments. Mayla spends her days on the hill skiing or splashing around in the water when she is not in school.



Mountain Munchkins Family About

Daniela McDuffie

Born in 1985 into a large and loving family Daniela lived in Plattsburgh, New York until 2005 when she moved to Lake Tahoe. Daniela has a background in Early Childhood Education and 15 years of full time work with children of all ages and needs. She is CPR and First Aid Certified, Background Check cleared, and is under the strict guidance of the California Community Care Licencing.  

Kilohana & Pete the Cat

Kilohana is the best daycare dog around. With his big fluffy fur and his goofy smile, its hard for the kids not to love on him. He joins us on our walks through the woods but he is just as happy being a pillow for story time. Pete the Cat is our newest addition, he can be found most of the day laying around in the sun. Both friendly fur babies ready to cuddle.