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Ms. Marites

Children First Family child care

Licensed home daycare
Fitchburg, MA
6am–4pm, M - F

A program that promotes mindful learning

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.

Arts & crafts
Circle time
Fine motor skills development
Gross motor skills development
Music
Neighborhood walks
Outdoor play
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 #9039451

Prior Experience
  • coach and training facilitator @ self-employed

    3 years experience with

  • EEC advisory council @ self-employed

    5 years experience with

  • President @ Fitchburg Loves the Children

    1 year experience with

Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree - 2012

    BS in interdisciplinary Studies @ Fitchburg State University

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. Marites

What inspires you to care for young children?

One of the most important lessons a child can learn is how to take care of themselves, and it’s never too early to start that process! I am proud to teach children about mindfulness and self-care as part of my program. It’s so important to give children tools that can help protect their spirits and give them ways to stay centered as they go out into the world. Mindfulness can really lay the foundation for so much growth and learning! What inspires me most about having my own program is being able to guide children as they learn and teach them to build healthy habits for a happy life.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

Children need to have movement built into their days. Young people are so full of energy - and using that energy up leads to better focus when it’s time for activities and tasks. In my program, we get outside as often as possible. Kids just love being out in the fresh air, engaged in active play, and we all feel refreshed, happy, and ready to learn after time spent outside! Our routine is child-led and flexible, with some kindergarten prep work sprinkled into the day. Part of my job as a daycare provider is preparing children for the next step in their education - and knowing that my ‘graduates’ are always ready for kindergarten after their time with me makes me so proud.

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

A daycare provider should be truly invested in the work they do. I care about promoting the overall development of children, and always offer support to their families too – they are my partners and our goal is to ensure their children's success. I treat every child just as I do my own – encouraging them through challenges and feeling pride when they succeed. I love that my home is a place of growth for so many children, and I take pride in the comfortable and welcoming space I’ve created. The kids really think of it as their home away from home. Over the years, my program has been the beginning of so many wonderful, lasting relationships. In fact, I recently celebrated one of my former daycare kids as she finished graduate school!

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They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.

~ Carl Buechner

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. Marites’s NeighborSchool44 Townsend St Fitchburg, MA 01420(351) 247-4330(351) 247-4330

There are 79 home daycares in Fitchburg. 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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