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Ms. Dottie

Dottie's Family Child Care

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

Enriched care for childrens' unique personalities

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
Reading time
Gross motor skills development
Sensory play
Seasonal activities
Circle time
Outdoor play

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 #9028378

  • Graduate Degree - 2016

    Early Childhood @ Cambridge College

  • Professional Certificate - 2015


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. Dottie

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I've been working with families and children for more than 15 years and have run my own program for more than a decade. I am committed to creating an enriching environment that fosters the growth of all children. Through my formal education and ongoing training, I am able to support each child's unique personality and development. I believe in providing outstanding service, and I cherish the relationships that I build with all of the children and families in our care.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

Children learn best by doing, and each day, we give them new opportunities to explore, learn, and grow. We partner with Funshine Express to apply a curriculum that meets the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive needs of children at every age, and we help children to thrive with compassion and understanding. We recently added a new partnership with our local library, and twice a month, our local librarian comes to Dottie's Family Child Care to lead story time!

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

Our brightly painted classroom includes separate areas for eating and playing. The walls are covered with lots of fun posters, and there's even a giant mural of a waterfall. When we're not in the classroom, we often walk to a nearby playground to make sure everyone gets some fresh air.

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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. Dottie.


As a mother I was worried to put my daughter to any daycare, but when she was about to turn one years old amazingly one day I met a woman while getting coffee who told me about Dorothy's child care. She told me her friend had her son at Dorothy's program and was really happy. I contacted Ms. Dorothy - she was very nice, and when I visited the daycare I was speechless. It's very nice and clean. My daughter has been going there since - she enjoys going there, and she learns so much and plays there every day. She even says "Mommy, I want to go to Ms. Dorothy's" even on the weekends! I appreciate everything Ms. Dorothy does for her and I thank her everyday when picking up my daughter. To describe her in one word, Ms. Dorothy is wonderful!


As a kindergarten teacher, it was important to me to find a place for my daughter, Sofi, that would not only give her the love and care that she needs but also focus on her development. Dottie overdelivers on both! She is such a kind person, who treats all of the children with great respect and values their thoughts and opinions, and her amazing education background fuels a strong curriculum. Now that Sofi is two, she comes home each day and shares all of the fun adventures she's had at Miss Dottie's.


I was so impressed by everything that my son, Eddie, learned from Dottie that there was no question in my mind where Melvin would go once he was born... Miss Dottie's! She recognizes that each child is unique, and she pays close attention to their individual needs. She's constantly sharing ideas to help each child develop to their full potential, and she sends formal progress reports each month. Both my boys adore her, and I am so grateful to have her as a partner to help them grow.


This is the first school my twins have been to and it is a perfect fit. They are Covid babies so going to school was a big deal for them. Mrs. Dottie and her staff are loving and kind. They love these kids and take good care of them.

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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Ms. Dottie’s NeighborSchool8 Gaston Street Dorchester, MA 02121(781) 661-5937(781) 661-5937

There are 2 home daycares in Nubian Square. 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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