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Ms. Cindy's NeighborSchool

385 Park Street, Apt 3, Dorchester Center, MA

My goal always is and has been to make sure children leave my program equipped with all the skills they need for life and to be ready to enter a bigger classroom. I strive towards this goal by focusing on each child specifically. In my home, the kids have a safe place to be, something to eat, all of their needs met, plus all of the fun learning tools to have them ready for school and life. Family engagement is also very important to me. I love when parents come visit the program, whether they're coming to read or they have a special skill they can share with us. Overall, I want the child to get a holistic approach, so it's critical that what I'm doing in my program and what parents do at home support one another. One of my favorite activities that we do is a zoo day. Every summer, parents and children and I have lunch in the park, visit the zoo, and make a fun day out of it. At the end of the school year, we also will have parents come and enjoy some of my cooking. I try to do as much as I can to ease parents' minds and give them some fun too.

What is NeighborSchools?

NeighborSchools helps experienced caregivers launch and operate licensed home daycares in Massachusetts. With better ratios and experienced caretakers, home daycare allows for more individualized attention for infants and toddlers. As a parent, you get a trusted partner for the long-term care of your child, right in your neighborhood, at a price you can afford.
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Ms. Cynthia's NeighborSchool

22 Hannon Street, Dorchester Center, MA

We have been providing a safe and nurturing environment for children since 2008. Parents' minds are at ease when they go to work or school, knowing that their child is cared for in all aspects of their developmental needs. We are a curriculum-based program. Because of my background in public and private schools, I've been able to work with teachers to learn what they need children to be prepared for when they enter school. Using this information, we mimic how a preschool classroom is. We have a structured schedule, with circle time, teaching them how to sit and share, and more, similar to a school setting but with age-appropriate learning. We have recess, art, music, and every day we do something educational, from math, reading, science, and more. We also do ongoing assessments and share this information with parents so we can work together in supporting their child's needs where they need assistance, while helping them master what they already know. We focus on supporting children's 5 important developmental domains such as Cognitive, Social/Emotional, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, and Language/Communication.

We also value encouraging participation whenever possible, so even if we have a newborn - if the child is awake then we have them sit with us during activities like circle time. While they can't be verbal, they can still absorb the atmosphere and be hearing, seeing, and learning. We believe less is more, so we have a larger adult to children ratio than other child care programs. This maintains a calm and controlled environment when we don't exceed the number of children per adult ratio, and allows for individualized attention, which is essential. We love having kids of all ages, races, and genders because while we can focus on them as individuals, they also have the opportunity to grow up in a diverse setting.

What is NeighborSchools?

NeighborSchools helps experienced caregivers launch and operate licensed home daycares in Massachusetts. With better ratios and experienced caretakers, home daycare allows for more individualized attention for infants and toddlers. As a parent, you get a trusted partner for the long-term care of your child, right in your neighborhood, at a price you can afford.
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Ms. Bridget's NeighborSchool

110 FULLER ST, #3, Dorchester Center, MA

Bridget is a home daycare provider licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Her license allows her to care for up to 6 children in a warm home environment in Dorchester.

Bridget has been a provider since 1993 and her license was most recently renewed by the EEC in June, 2016. As a licensed provider, Bridget receives training in safe sleep, childhood nutrition, medication administration and childhood development. Every year she is required to renew her pediatric CPR certificate and attend at least 10 hours of professional development training.

Every year, a Licensor from the EEC's regional office does an unannounced home-visit to assess program quality, health & safety practices, and make sure Bridget is meeting the EEC's requirements, including regular progress reports, daily attendance tracking, monthly evacuation drills, etc.

Parents love NeighborSchools home daycares. 'I was focused on choosing a program that nurtured my child, but I found one that also nurtured me and helped me become a better parent. I'm always telling my friends to check out home daycare - our experience was so wonderful!' Read more about Courtney Trudell's journey to find the right child care for her family.


What is NeighborSchools?

NeighborSchools helps experienced caregivers launch and operate licensed home daycares in Massachusetts. With better ratios and experienced caretakers, home daycare allows for more individualized attention for infants and toddlers. As a parent, you get a trusted partner for the long-term care of your child, right in your neighborhood, at a price you can afford.

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Ms. Retresha's NeighborSchool

44 Julian Street, #3, Dorchester, MA

I was excited to start my own family child care program in 2018 to be able to bring something new to the care options for parents. I am proud that my program is unique in that we embrace bringing creative arts to the young children, such as art, music, and theater. Our program believes Integrated learning is much more than just exposure to different forms of art while at school. Arts is an approach to teaching and learning in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. We use various forms of art (drama, music, storytelling, puppets, visual arts, and creative movement) as primary pathways to learning. We work with each child to foster their developmental skills in each area by implementing a creative curriculum to do lesson plans, etc. The children go on field trips to the library, children's museum, zoo, Aquarium, Puppet museum, and indoor play area seasonally. While we follow a creative arts curriculum, we do change activities often throughout the day and have the typical circle time, we build with blocks, the kids learn science, and more. In terms of schedule, we are structured as a preschool might operate, but the kids get so much more with creative arts and a home setting in the mix.

What is NeighborSchools?

NeighborSchools helps experienced caregivers launch and operate licensed home daycares in Massachusetts. With better ratios and experienced caretakers, home daycare allows for more individualized attention for infants and toddlers. As a parent, you get a trusted partner for the long-term care of your child, right in your neighborhood, at a price you can afford.
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Ms. Dixil's NeighborSchool

6 DENVIR STREET, #1, Dorchester Center, MA

Dixil is a home daycare provider licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Her license allows her to care for up to 10 children with the presence of a full-time assistant in her home in Dorchester.

Dixil has been a provider since 2001 and her license was most recently renewed by the EEC in April, 2017. As a licensed provider, Dixil receives training in safe sleep, childhood nutrition, medication administration and childhood development. Every year she is required to renew her pediatric CPR certificate and attend at least 10 hours of professional development training.

Every year, a Licensor from the EEC's regional office does an unannounced home-visit to assess program quality, health & safety practices, and make sure Dixil is meeting the EEC's requirements, including regular progress reports, daily attendance tracking, monthly evacuation drills, etc.

Parents love NeighborSchools home daycares. 'I was focused on choosing a program that nurtured my child, but I found one that also nurtured me and helped me become a better parent. I'm always telling my friends to check out home daycare - our experience was so wonderful!' Read more about Courtney Trudell's journey to find the right child care for her family.


What is NeighborSchools?

NeighborSchools helps experienced caregivers launch and operate licensed home daycares in Massachusetts. With better ratios and experienced caretakers, home daycare allows for more individualized attention for infants and toddlers. As a parent, you get a trusted partner for the long-term care of your child, right in your neighborhood, at a price you can afford.
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Ms. Francia's NeighborSchool

10 CAMERON ST # 1, Dorchester, MA

Francia is a home daycare provider licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Her license allows her to care for up to 6 children in a warm home environment in Dorchester.

Francia has been a provider since 2013 and her license was most recently renewed by the EEC in March, 2019. As a licensed provider, Francia receives training in safe sleep, childhood nutrition, medication administration and childhood development. Every year she is required to renew her pediatric CPR certificate and attend at least 10 hours of professional development training.

Every year, a Licensor from the EEC's regional office does an unannounced home-visit to assess program quality, health & safety practices, and make sure Francia is meeting the EEC's requirements, including regular progress reports, daily attendance tracking, monthly evacuation drills, etc.

Parents love NeighborSchools home daycares. 'I was focused on choosing a program that nurtured my child, but I found one that also nurtured me and helped me become a better parent. I'm always telling my friends to check out home daycare - our experience was so wonderful!' Read more about Courtney Trudell's journey to find the right child care for her family.

What is NeighborSchools?

NeighborSchools helps experienced caregivers launch and operate licensed home daycares in Massachusetts. With better ratios and experienced caretakers, home daycare allows for more individualized attention for infants and toddlers. As a parent, you get a trusted partner for the long-term care of your child, right in your neighborhood, at a price you can afford.
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FAQs for finding preschools in Dorchester

What types of preschool can I find in Dorchester, MA?
There are two main types of preschool programs you can send your kids to in Dorchester, MA. The first is a full-time preschool program that usually works well for parents working full-time shifts. The second is a part-time preschool program where you can enroll your child for 2-3 days per week and typically choose between a morning or afternoon shift. A part-time preschool can be a great option if you want to ease the transition of this new learning experience for your child. You can also check your options in Dorchester, MA for traditional preschool centers, or private home-based preschools.
What should I look for in a good preschool program in Dorchester, MA?
When you begin looking for preschools in Dorchester, MA ask about the ratio of learning time to supervised play time so you can get a good sense of whether you believe your child's needs will be met. From there, ask about what a typical day consists of, what the safety protocols are and how discipline will be handled. Also, make sure to check directly with the preschool for information about their local licensing and credentials in Dorchester, MA.
How can I find a preschool near me?
There are currently 101 preschools in Dorchester, MA on Care.com and you can filter these local results by distance from your zip code. From there, you can compare between preschool programs by traditional facility-based preschools and private, in-home preschools. Be sure to check reviews from other families in Dorchester, MA who have previously sent their kids to any of the preschools you are interested in.