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Ms. Carmen

Wonderful Beginnings Childcare

Licensed home daycare
Brookline, MA
7:30am–5pm, M - F

A bilingual program where we sing, learn & play

Great for parents who want...

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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.

Arts & crafts
Circle time
Cooking
Drawing & illustration
Music
Outdoor play
Reading time
Puzzles

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 #9103571

Prior Experience
  • Mother

    10 years experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age

Education
  • High School Diploma - 2009

    High School Diploma

Licensing Requirements
  • Background record checked

    Government-level CORI, SORI, and fingerprinting

  • Home inspected for child safety

    Thorough assessment by a licensor from the EEC

  • Health & safety training

    Includes annual professional development hours

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. Carmen

What inspires you to care for young children?

Daycare providers who have lots of experience with children can be so helpful to families. As a mother to three children at different ages and stages, I know all about how to care for little ones as they grow. I’ve learned so much since I had my first baby, and I use this knowledge to make sure all my daycare kids are happy and learning every day. What I love most about having my own program is being able to prepare so many kids for success in school. Knowing that they will be excited and ready when it’s time for them to take that next big step into preschool or elementary school means a lot to me.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

My daycare program has a schedule that we follow every day. I have learned over the years that knowing what to expect is important to kids, and that they feel happier with set routines. Our days are a mix of fun activities – we like to sing, enjoy music, dance, move around, and work on arts & crafts together. The kids really enjoy free play, where they get to have fun and spend time with friends. I love circle time, where we all get together to share, learn, and start the day. Every couple of months, we work on bigger projects that get everyone involved and having fun.

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

Daycare programs should make children and families feel comfortable and safe. My home daycare is a welcoming environment for all! Parents should know that they are a big part of what makes our community work, and that I’m willing to help them in any way I can. I love teaching children new things and am proud to say that I taught my own daughter to read, something she enjoys to this day. I will always work hard to make sure my daycare kids are learning, and that they will be ready to move on to preschool or kindergarten when they leave my program.

Think Ms. Carmen might be a good fit?

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A child must know that they are a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like them.

~ Pablo Casals

Reviews & References

Here’s the inside scoop from other parents that have worked with Ms. Carmen.

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Catherine

Ms. Carmen and her family daycare has been a gift to my family. As a first-time parent, when I enrolled my 5-month old, I was nervous. Ms. Carmen immediately put me at ease with her warmth, care, and confidence as an experienced caregiver and a mother of three beautiful and kind children. Her daycare radiates joy, is filled with music and play, and brings comfort to my little one. There is no shortage of toys and equipment for infants! One month into daycare, my child loves it with Ms. Carmen. He is all smiles during pick up, which lets me know he had a good time. Ms. Carmen is attentive and thoughtful; sends regular updates, photos, and videos using the app Procare; gives me suggestions for transitioning my child into having solids/juices; and is accommodating and understanding when things come up. With Ms. Carmen, I know my child is in the excellent care of someone competent, experienced, and kind. Communication is super smooth with her and no concern/worry is small or inconvenient for her. It is very clear that Ms. Carmen loves children and cares deeply for them. My only wish is that Ms. Carmen's daycare would be situated in my community; the commute is a bit long for me but it has been worth it. Her care is exceptional and I'm so glad I went with my gut feeling in sending my child to her daycare.

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Franchesca

(Original) Es un excelente lugar para cuidar a los niños, encanta la dedicación con la que se le dedica tiempo a cada niño en especial… (Translation) It is an excellent place to take care of children, I love the dedication with which time is dedicated to each child in particular...

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Estephani

Carmen es muy responsable, amorosa con los niños. Y me encanta con la dedicación que le pone a su trabajo. Súper recomendada. (Translation) Carmen is very responsible, loving with the children. And I love the dedication that she puts into her work. super recommended

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Luisa

Excellent care!

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. Carmen’s NeighborSchool22 High Street #49 Brookline, MA 02445(351) 666-4741(351) 666-4741

There is 1 home daycare in Brookline Village. 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

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What is NeighborSchools?

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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.

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