About Us

Stacey Masetti

Certified Preschool Teacher, Itsy Bitsy Scholars
B.A.  Child and Adolescent Development, SFSU
A.A. Early Childhood Education
CPR Certified

Her work experience has always involved the care and education of children since 1984:

2004 – Present      Certified Preschool Teacher and Cofounder of Itsy Bitsy Scholars

1995 – 2000            Founder and owner of Stacey’s Place Family Daycare

1988 – 1992           Cofounder and care provider for Nana’s House Daycare

Prior to 1988:

  • Care provider at Redwood City Parks and Recreation for after school care
  • Leader at the South San Francisco Park and Recreation Center for preschoolers
  • Montesorri preschool aide


Stacey is the eldest of six children and often helped her mother care for her siblings. She knew immediately that childcare was her calling and started working with children as early as high school. With the birth of her first child, she and her mother, Rosalee, opened their first family daycare center in Redwood City. Nana’s House was a wildly successful daycare that often had long waiting lists due its down to earth philosophy.

In 1995, Stacey and her family moved, so she and her mother down-sized and began their own small family daycares. At this time, Stacey focused on homeschooling her own three children.

In 2004, she and her mother rejoined forces to open Itsy Bitsy Scholars Preschool and Family Daycare Center on Vera Avenue. With all her kids in high school, Stacey returned to college to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in 2005. In 2006, Itsy Bitsy Scholars became one of the first family daycare centers to become accredited in San Mateo County.

Stacey is a proud grandmother of 14 children.

Stephanie Herbst

Owner, Itsy Bitsy Scholars
CPR Certified

Rosalee with her children and grandchildren in 2005

Rosalee with her mother, children and grandchildren in 2005.


Stephanie is Stacey’s youngest sister, and since there’s a bit of an age difference between them, she grew up in the daycare home Stacey and their Mom ran together.

She helped out with the daycare children throughout her childhood and teen years and then went off to college in San Francisco to earn her degree in Broadcasting and Communication Arts.

After ten years in her field and having three daughters, she joined forces with her sister, Stacey, and their Mom to bring their daycare into the future of childcare: where organic meals, dairy, fruit and vegetables were essential; monthly newsletters were streamlined and emailed before the beginning of each month; and all financial transactions and correspondence took place online. Everything else Stacey and their Mom had established was too good to change!

Eventually, their Mom retired and Stephanie moved the daycare to her house on Beresford after obtaining special permission from the State of California to start a license as a large family daycare. Stephanie’s experience, parental support and qualifications trumped the prerequisite of owning a small family daycare first.

Stephanie is CPR certified. Her daughters are still enrolled in local schools and are happy to host a daycare in their home. Because of her big family and daycare centric upbringing, a good day is a day spent with children.