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Ms. Nakia

Neighborhood Montessori School

Licensed home daycare
Dorchester, MA
7:30am–3pm, M - F

Beyond A-B-C's & 1-2-3's!

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 #9079307

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. Nakia

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I’m Nakia Reyes, born and raised in Greater-Boston. Since I was a young girl, I’ve dreamed and prepared to open a school. As a little one in foster care, I naturally fell into a motherly, yet collaborative role of helping my younger foster sibling learn about the world around them and how to move through it. Encouraged by my foster mother, who was a natural teacher and encouraged independence, I knew by age 10 that I wanted to be a teacher and open my own school. Now, 25+ years later, I’ve taken my years of education, New England Montessori Teacher Education Center training, and experience in a variety of roles in schools throughout Boston to bring the holistic Montessori educational experience to children in the Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods. I love everything about children. I enjoy talking with them about what they’re experiencing and listening to the funny things they say. I also appreciate how honest they are. My favorite part of working with children is navigating life with them and learning who each child is as an individual. My favorite activities to do with the kids are anything that involves a smock. Long-term messy projects are the best - anything that gets the sensory skills of the kids working and growing. These types of activities with the Montessori teaching method help me connect with the children and dive deeper into their learning.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

Established with a neighborhood mindset, our curriculum goes beyond A-B-C’s and 1-2-3’s to teach children at a young age how to maintain and better themselves, those around them, and their shared community. Children will learn to be empathetic, serve food to their peers and problem solve! But most importantly, they will be introduced and taught academics at their own pace. Neighborhood Montessori kids will become independent, confident, and curious learners that value knowledge in all forms and that constantly explore the world around them. It’s important to me that parents know that we work together in my program. There is a team feeling here, because we’re in it together for the success of the child. I teach the children to find the beauty in everything, learn to care for everything, and slow down in life and learn. The Montessori method is one that works, and I wanted to make it more accessible to those in my neighborhood.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

We have one large space dedicated to the school. It’s set up in the Montessori style, with tables, chairs, shelving, and different areas for art, science, math, language, practical life, and sensory skill-building. I also have a cozy corner for reading and other quiet activities. We use the kitchen space for lunch, which is set up like a real tea party. We have a tablecloth and place settings that the children help set up. The walls remain mostly clean so that it isn’t an overly distracting environment for the kids. We may put up some of the children’s artwork or paintings from famous painters. We have a ton of rainy-day activities, from blocks, puzzles, authorations, and games that are more about teamwork than who wins. We have a large backyard that we’ll use for afternoon outdoor time. In the morning, we will take the buggy to the nearby park called Elmhurst Park. For pickup time, we will congregate in the backyard, weather-permitting.

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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

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. Nakia’s NeighborSchool274 Norwell St Dorchester, MA 02124(774) 315-1827(774) 315-1827

There are 11 home daycares in Dorchester. 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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