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Ellen McCullough of Acton, MA

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Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

CEO and Co-Founder, NeighborSchools

 

Ellen McCullough, a home daycare Provider in Acton, MA
Ellen McCullough, a home daycare Provider in Acton, MA

 

Back in 2001 Ellen & her husband had two young children at home and were faced with the question that so many parents wrestle with: do they both go back to work, find a daycare in Acton, and pay for full-time child care, or should one of them stay home and put their professional ambitions on hold to raise their kids?  The economics are tough; full-time child care for two kids can easily cost more than a parent’s annual salary, and with so few high-quality programs, many parents reluctantly opt to stay home.

 

About Ellen's daycare in Acton, MA: "Ellen gets to design a program that aligns with her educational philosophies."

 

Ellen, however, found a third path.  Ellen had always been entrepreneurial and always loved working with children, and from this challenging position, Ellen found an opportunity for growth.  Ellen obtained her License from the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education & Care and opened her high-quality, play-based daycare with four children in her home in Acton, MA.  Ellen’s reputation as an outstanding Provider soon got out, and Ellen found herself with a long waitlist of families that recognize her program as a true gem in their neighborhood.  Over the years, Ellen has grown her daycare, bringing on a full-time assistant and expanding enrollment to 10 children.

Ellen’s program has transformed her career.  As an educator, Ellen gets to design a program that aligns with her educational philosophies – with lots of play-base learning and arts & crafts activities – and, unlike directors in large centers, she still works directly with children every day.  As a professional, Ellen gets to work with families that value and appreciate her role in the lives of their children.  Ellen’s daycare in Acton also earns her more – nearly twice as much – as she could earn working in any other early-childhood education setting.  This is the magic of in-home daycares – the best educators get to work hands-on with children and get to earn a livable wage, all for less than a center-based program.  

Ellen knows that high-quality, licensed home daycares can be a win for Providers and Parents alike.  That’s why she’s teaming up with NeighborSchools as a mentor to educators as they get their new programs off the ground.  Together, with mentors like Ellen, and support from all of us here at NeighborSchools, we’re empowering the next generation of early childhood educators to open thriving, in-home daycares of their own.

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About NeighborSchools

NeighborSchools help working parents find the best home daycares for busy lives and precious little ones. Now more than ever, child care options are scarce, crazy expensive, and, in many cases, really stuffy and corporate. NeighborSchools finally offers an alternative: fully licensed providers, with years of experience, caring for a small number of children, all right in the neighborhood. Every month thousands of working parents use NeighborSchools to learn about their options and find the right provider for them.

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Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

CEO and Co-Founder, NeighborSchools