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Ms. Cynthia

Cynthia's Family Childcare

Licensed home daycare
Dorchester, MA
8am–4pm, M - F

Where You Learn While You 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.

Circle time
Music
Arts & crafts
Reading time
Fine motor skills development
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 #9030757

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. Cynthia

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I have been a Licensed Family Child Care Provider in the Dorchester Community since 2008. Before opening my program, I worked as a Paraprofessional in special education at Franciscans and Boston Public Schools. I worked with all age groups and when I saw the impact on children that were not assessed during early stages or were misdiagnosed, it encouraged me to focus my attention on young children moving forward. I also wanted to help parents identify if anything was wrong developmentally and help them find early intervention and support. It can be detrimental to a child’s development and ability to fit in when problems are discovered later. I love children’s curiosity. They are constantly learning and exploring new things in their environment. Then, they’re using what they’ve learned to help them become more independent. It’s a joy to watch for me! I’m also motivated to find the best ways to teach the kids and foster a high level of learning. To this end, I’ve nearly completed my Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree and Childhood Development Associate’s (CDA). I am also a mother of 5, which helps me relate to parents and support them as well! My assistants and I consider ourselves as part of the village that it takes to raise each child, in partnership with the parents. We focus on nurturing the children and supporting each of their developmental domains, giving them a better chance of success when they reach a school setting. We have been open for a long time, nurturing and supporting families since 2008 and we love what we do. We love teaching the children and watching them grow. Even when children leave us, we’re still a part of the village. We get updates and visits all of the time because the bond continues throughout life, and it’s so fun to see how the kids have grown! I have two assistants, one full-time and one part-time. We rotate so that in case someone is sick or cannot come in, we always have two of us there every day. We are all mothers too! My full-time assistant and I are both engaged fully in professional development, continuously taking courses to learn more and better the program. We’re all CPR and first aid certified, as well as licensed by the EEC.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

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. Our favorite activity in my program is music time. When I was growing up, music had a huge impact on me because I was a quieter kid. With music, one doesn’t have to speak the same language, we all come together to enjoy it. The children are able to engage in brain development by singing and dancing and learning different instruments and using their hands. I’ve found music to be my favorite, and largest, development tool that the children just love. One year a little while after we opened, I did an assessment to find a child who appeared mostly normal, had some issues developmentally going on that were hard to see until you really sat down and focused in. Because this child’s parents didn’t know what to look for, and he seemed normal, it was key that I was able to notice something was happening developmentally that needed attention. This child received services such as early intervention before starting school, and it was a great experience to help him and his parents in that way. My program has been incredibly rewarding for me and the families I get to work with. I am excited for many years more!

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

Of course, because we are a family child care program, we are snuggled in my home! I have a living room and dining room that I’ve turned into playrooms and little classrooms. The walls are colorful, but not too stimulating for the children. We have child-sized tables and chairs for various activities. In the entrance, we have a waiting bench and cubbies for the children to learn how to be independent and hang up their coats and organize their belongings. On the walls we have ABC’s and the kiddo’s artwork is hung up there too. As a state licensed program, we have a quiet area, a library, and areas for dramatic and sensory play. Our library has a rug and pillows, and dramatic play has a kitchen-set and a dollhouse for the older kids. Plus, we have a fine motor area with puzzles, blocks, Legos, toys that the kids can snap together and pull apart. In the sensory area, we have shaving cream, finger painting tools, and hot and cold items. For our gross motor skills, we have balls, bowling pins, and the play structures outside. Outside, there is a fenced-in backyard that we enjoy with a playset, along with little cars, a play house, kids bikes and balls. There are also two local parks that we walk to, named Evans Park and Roberts Park. Weather-permitting we go outside every day. We also do what we call “community.” This is when we go on walks with babies in strollers and toddlers walking hand-in-hand. We teach them what’s in the area, like Norfolk and Morton bridges. They become familiar with their surroundings when we do our community loop. We also have infant developmental toys, and a space for napping with portable playpens that are assigned to each child. The older children are assigned sleeping mats. We have fun potty training here too! We feel lucky to have the space we do and all of the amenities along with the great community around us.

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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

~ Maya Angelou

Reviews & References

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

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Dawnmarie

We LOVE Ms. Cynthia! As a first time mom, and public school teacher I researched for months looking into different daycare options. I cannot recommend her daycare enough! Especially if you are a teacher! She runs off of a BPS school schedule and offers so many options. My son has been attending since he was 9 weeks old and is now over a year old. As a mom it’s a great feeling to know that your child is safe and having fun while you work. Give her a call, you won’t regret it! :)

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Hanh

I highly recommend Cynthia’s childcare! Cynthia and her staff are really dedicated and take great care of our son who started when he was 3M. I love the activities and arts & crafts that they do with the kids. I also love the staff:child ratio. My husband and I do not work teacher schedules but they were flexible with our hours and needing summer months. If we didn’t move to another town, we would have kept my son there as well as enrolled his brother.

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Nicki

We have been with Cynthia’s program for almost 5 years now! Both daughters started at 12 weeks and we always felt they were well cared for at all times! Cynthia had both of my girls ready to move onto preschool at 3. They always came home with new songs and stories. Cynthia also does a great job evaluating the kids along the way. She is flexible and a great communicator. I couldn't speak any higher about the program!

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Eveth

Ms. Goodridge is an awesome childcare provider. She's a gentle and kind soul. Your children will be well cared for in her care. I highly recommend her childcare to anyone.

Rates & Openings

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Location

Ms. Cynthia’s NeighborSchoolOff Morton and Norfolk Street Dorchester, MA 02124(857) 342-4564(857) 342-4564

There are 70 home daycares in Mattapan. 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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