Home Daycares in Dexter

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Infant (<15 mths)

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Ms. Dinusha

Academic Prep

Working with children is such a joy for me! I have been licensed through the EEC since 2016. Before having my own program, I was a certified in-home daycare assistant for a year. I later worked at an after school program for another year before moving into a preschool teacher role. I decided to open my own family child care program when the preschool I worked at had to decrease hours for its employees. I wanted to be with the children more of the time and thought that opening my own program would lead me to be able to work with children all day long!


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Ms. Janelle

Play-Based Learning

When it comes to childcare, a provider's experience and education can make all of the difference. I have my Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Development from Salem State University. Over the past decade I have worked in various childcare settings. Aside from years of babysitting, my first childcare job was at a big center with children ranging from infants to school age. Over my four years there I spent time in each classroom acquiring a plethora of experience. Most importantly I was able to oversee and take part in my niece and nephew’s care as they attended. Family is very important to me and it meant so much to me to have such an influential role in their lives on a daily basis. I left the center to work as a nanny for three young boys while I finished up my degree. As a graduation requirement I was also spending time in two commercial childcare centers. When I graduated, I knew that working in a large childcare center was not for me. Post graduation I met a new family and worked as their nanny for four years. Nannying was a wonderful profession and I have developed strong relationships with the families I have worked for in the past. I was able to care for my nieces and nephews occasionally with my nanny children and create wonderful friendships amongst them. My nanny children became part of my family. While nannying, my continuing education became more focused on mindful practices and emotional intelligence through childhood development. It is my goal to run a program that incorporates the values of family and community while fostering child development and education. I am confident that my vast experience with children and educational background has prepared me for this next step in my career.


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Ms. Yadira

Academic Prep

When it comes to working with children, experience can make a big difference! My career in childcare started in an early intervention program, and that position was just the beginning of a wonderful ten years (and counting) as an educator. I have a unique teaching philosophy that really encourages children to explore, and I know how to offer encouragement and gentle redirection when it is needed. The children and I really develop a close relationship, and our environment is truly one of mutual love and respect. What I love most about working with children is welcoming students into such a wonderful space every day, seeing their smiles and joy as they play, and being part of so much learning and growth.


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Ms. Resharia

Great Outdoor Space

Every child has a special light inside them, and a warm and happy environment can make that light shine even brighter! My home daycare is welcoming, comfortable and safe. This makes it a great place to learn! The children I care for become so precious to me, and the relationships that form with their families are just as precious. I feel that happiness is all about learning experiences and growth, and I love being a part of those things in a child’s life. Each little one that walks through my front door adds something special and important to the Lil I Am Miracles family.


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Dexter

There are 3 licensed home daycares in Dexter. Most parents don’t know that home daycare is regulated by the Office of Child & Family Services, just like the big preschool centers.

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Other daycares near Dexter

All of these nearby daycares are licensed by the Office of Child & Family Services. While they don’t work with NeighborSchools, you can visit the government website here to try to contact them directly.

Lisa Vaillancourt

233 Charleston Road, Dexter, ME

Licensed for 12


Lisa Vaillancourt runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Dexter. As with all home daycares in Maine, her program is licensed by the Office of Child & Family Services, which ensures that she has completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. Home daycares like this are a great option for parents looking for small-scale, personalized child care.
Merlene Bailey

137 High Street, Dexter, ME

License # 724826

Licensed for 10


This home daycare in Dexter is led by Merlene Bailey, a licensed Family Child Care educator. By choosing licensed child care, you can rest assured that the provider has passed a government-issued background record check, and that the home daycare environment has been inspected by the state licensing department. With a maximum of just 10 children, this program is a good option for parents close to home near Dexter.
Dawn Marie Spack

196 Free St., Dexter, ME

License # 487940

Licensed for 12


Home daycares like Dawn Marie Spack’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Dexter. All daycares on NeighborSchools are fully licensed, so you know they’ve passed a background record check and educators have completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. This daycare takes just 12 children, so each child gets lots of individualized care while learning to socialize in a small group setting.
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Your family is unique to you, but some of your questions might not be. 😉 Here’s what most parents want to know when starting out.

What is NeighborSchools?

Hey there, nice to meet you 👋 We’re a new-ish startup that helps new-ish parents find daycare.

We know how hard finding good child care can be - especially for first-time parents. But really good care is what gives you the peace of mind to go back to work and feel confident that your child is getting the stimulation, socialization, and support they need to learn and grow.

So we created NeighborSchools to make this piece of parenthood a whole lot easier. We say “easier” because, let’s be honest, it’s still a big thing to figure out, but working together we can help you find some good options, understand the whole process, and choose a program you’ll feel really good about.

Most first-time parents don’t know exactly what they’re looking for, so we created a simple survey that will ask you questions about your lifestyle, your daily routines, and your preferences for child care. We’ll then share 3 personalized recommendations that we think might be a good fit. We’ll also give you a timeline that maps out when we would suggest you start touring programs, choose a daycare, and pay a deposit to secure a spot. Your timeline is based on when you want to start care - so you set the pace, and you decide when you’ve found the right match.

Nope. Our daycare recommendation service is free for parents. The other half of our business is helping these small-scale daycares with software and services that handle all their administrative tasks, like online contracting, payment processing, and licensing requirements. Before NeighborSchools, services like these were only designed for large corporate child care centers, and part of our mission is to level the playing field for small, independent child care programs. That’s why we picked the name NeighborSchools - we’re all about making child care more personal, more human, and more equitable for the incredible individuals who do this work and care for our children.

Generally, if you’re here, you’re ready. The survey lets us give you 3 recommendations to consider, but it’ll also help you better understand what factors to consider, and what questions to be asking right now. It’s simple things like where you live, your child’s date of birth, when you want to start care, and if you have any preferences around program philosophy or language of instruction. If you’re planning 6+ months ahead, it’s a great way to get started, and if you’re hoping to start daycare in the next 2-4 months, it’s definitely time to get started. Click here to start the survey.

Each program has a limited number of spots for each age range, so we need to know your schedule and child’s age before we can share availability. The survey covers these basics, as well as factors like drop-off and pick-up times to make sure that recommended programs fit your daily routine. Once we know your child’s age and schedule we can share rates and costs as well.

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