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Ms. Jessica

Little stars family child care center

Licensed home daycare
Bellingham, MA
7am–5pm, M - F

Where we plant the seeds that grow forever

Great for parents who want...

A Few Favorite Activities

Activities are designed to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills as they sing, dance, play, and learn in a small group setting.

Reading time
Fine motor skills development
Sensory play
STEAM activities
Circle time
Neighborhood walks
Drawing & illustration
Gross motor skills development

Activities are designed to help children develop social, emotional and cognitive skills as they sing, dance, play, and learn in a small group setting.

Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.

About the Provider

Licensed Family Child Care Educator
License #9081762

Prior Experience
  • Family Engagement/Education Coordinator @ Hattie B. Cooper Community Center

    1 year experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age

  • Daycare @ Sunshine Academy

    2 years experience with infants, toddlers and preschoolers

  • Behavioral Therapist @ APEX Behavioral Consulting

    1 year experience with toddlers and preschoolers

  • Daycare @ Little wander's child care center

    3 years experience with toddlers and preschoolers

Education
  • Graduate Degree - 2019

    Masters of Science in Criminal Justice @ Lasell College

  • Professional Certificate - 2018

    Director II certificate @ Department of Early Education and Care

  • Bachelor’s Degree - 2017

    Bachelor's of Science in Human Development @ Wheelock College

  • Professional Certificate - 2017

    Lead Teacher for Infants/Toddlers/Preschool @ Department of Early Education and Care

Each program is led by a licensed child care professional. While they each have their own expertise and approach, they all share a genuine love for educating and helping young children grow & thrive. Being licensed also means they have done a series of state-required trainings and they’ve passed a government background check.

Q&A with Ms. Jessica

What inspires you to care for young children?

Young children soak up so much knowledge every day! This stage of childhood is one of such incredible growth and being part of that is so special and rewarding. I started working with children as an assistant and it became clear to me very quickly that I wanted to dig deeper - I felt called to guide children in a more meaningful way. This is what led me to open my own home daycare! My favorite time of day is circle time, where we gather and share with each other. It amazes me every single day to see how much they have taken in and learned, and it’s so special to watch them share their accomplishments with our little community.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

Children learn through play! In my program, we follow a daily schedule that is based on play- based learning. We do lots of songs, music, arts, crafts, and activities. We make learning fun by focusing on a different theme each month - with activities, books, and toys that relate to that theme. The children get so excited to see what’s coming next, and they love to share when they notice our theme in their own lives! Language, literacy, math, science, arts, and social studies are incorporated into our activities in a way that is fun and sparks many different kinds of connections. Special highlights are our special shows - music in June, art in August, and science in April. You can just see the pride on their faces as they share what they have learned and what they can do!

What’s one thing parents should know about your program?

Children need space to learn and grow! The entire first floor of my home is reserved especially for my daycare program, and children can move freely and safely between activities, or have quiet time when they need it! As a mother myself, I can relate to parents and caregivers on a personal level - I really understand what they are going through as their child moves through all their ‘firsts’ and beyond, and am always available to talk, listen, or offer advice. I think of every child’s family as a part of our community. Most of the children in my program are ready for kindergarten when they leave, and it’s a joy to send them off into the world knowing that they are so prepared for that next step!

Think Ms. Jessica might be a good fit?

Find out if she has a spot for you. It’s 100% free and takes just 5 minutes.

Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.

~ Magda Gerber

Rates & Openings

Daycare rates depend on how old your child will be and what your schedule looks like. 5 days / week might get a slight discount, and infant rates are usually more than toddlers’. Finding a spot also depends on age and schedule because each daycare has a limited number of openings for each age range.

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Location

Ms. Jessica’s NeighborSchool721 South Main Street Bellingham, MA 02019(774) 484-1269(774) 484-1269

There are 14 home daycares in Bellingham. Most care for 6 to 10 children and take both infants and toddlers. All home daycares are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, just like preschool centers.

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FAQs

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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