Morse Avenue School

We love seeing the children’s eyes light up the first time they see the Morse Avenue Storybook Cottage location. Watch their imaginations start to run wild with the possibilities of what fun they can engage in the second they come inside the bright red doors. That first impression opens up their hearts and minds to all of the different programs that will expand their development.

Once you enter our childcare location in Sacramento, you will see first-hand the love, devotion, and passion inside the walls of our cottage. Our teachers work together with parents to provide an amazing learning experience. Our promise to your family is to provide the best learning environment and educational experience available.

If you are located in Sacramento and looking for the perfect place for your child to experience the magic of Storybook Cottage, our Morse Avenue location is a great fit for you. Our team works together to provide a learning environment that facilitates healthy growth and development through a variety of different teaching methods.

Childcare in Sacramento can be hard to find. We understand the importance of making a positive contribution to the development of your child’s full potential. The passionate team of directors at all of our Sacramento area childcare facilities focuses on creating a warm and nurturing environment to bring out the star in each and every child.

You know your little star better than anyone. Whether your child thrives in exploratory games and music or physical activities and dramatic play, our programs in Sacramento support their development. We incorporate the perfect balance of learning, playtime and social interaction to encourage your child’s growth, becoming healthy and balanced at their own pace.

Come see us in action! Join us for a tour of our Morse Avenue childcare location in Sacramento.

Core Values

  1. We Value The Bible -
  2. We Value curiosity –
  3. We Value Family Culture -
  4. We Value Integrity –

Our objective is to make a positive contribution to the development of your child's full potential.  We seek to provide a learning environment that facilitates healthy growth and development.  We offer four programs at our schools: 

  • Toddler Program (2-3 Years)
  • Preschool Program (3-4 Years)
  • Transitional Kindergarten (4-5 Years)
  • School-Age Program (5-12 Years)

Meet Our Directors

Shirley McCartney

Co-Owner / Director

Shirley is co-owner of Storybook Cottage and director at the Morse Ave. location.  She has a BA degree in child development and a Master's degree in elementary education.  She taught primary grades before entering the child care field and has more than twenty years of experience operating child care centers.  

Shirley believes that her sister, Betty Warthan, and she are very fortunate to be able to work with children, something they enjoy and feel passionate about.  

Maxine Hattley


Maxine is the co-director of the Storybook Cottage Morse location.  She has been a director for seventeen years and has seen Storybook Cottage grow through the years.  She has an AA degree in early childhood development.  She is married and has six children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  

Maxine's dedication to providing the best learning environment and educational experiences for the children under her care is what motivates her.  



Brittany Ackerson

Assistant Director

Brittany Ackerson is the assistant director at the Morse Ave location.  She also teaches the transitional kindergarten class.  She has been teaching at Storybook Cottage since she was 18 years old.  Brittany's teaching skills allow her to guide the children's learning and to encourage their proper social skills.  Her desire is to influence each child in her care so that they can be their best.

Morse Avenue School


1940 Morse Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95825


(916) 971-1041


6:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Shirley McCartney

Maxine Hattley

Call Us:

Morse Avenue: (916) 971-1041

Lincoln Avenue: (916) 944-8992

West Sacramento: (916) 371-4644


“This school is amazing, glad that I found this school. Will recommend this school to any child that needs to learn! Highly recommend! Thank you for the time to teach my daughter”
– Brianah     

“My girls having been going here for years. I love the fact that they will pick up and drop off my girls at school for me. As a working parent it is nice to have people I can depend of for that. My daughters love the summer programs because they have fun theme weeks and field trips. The teachers treat my kids like family and I love that”   
– Nicole     

“Storybook Cottage is awesome! I was skeptical at first leaving my child alone as a mother but meeting the teacher was a relief! They are awesome and the facility is perfect”   
– Rosa    

 “Storybook Cottage is a wonderful daycare especially getting my kid to school on time. They all work well with children and I enjoy them”   
– Kiara