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Ms. Dina

Dina's Family Childcare

Licensed home daycare
Framingham, MA
Where all children feel like family

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.

Outdoor play
Circle time
Arts & crafts
Sensory play
Reading time
Seasonal activities
Music

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 #9048206

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. Dina

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I have always been around kids! I was the oldest girl in a family of seven children, and so I was always taking care of my younger siblings as well as kids in the neighborhood. I also raised five children of my own, and so moving into a professional family child care program was a completely natural progression. Over the years, as more and more families have dual income homes, childcare has become a greater necessity. When I opened my program in 1992, there was a huge need and I knew I could fill it. I love working with children because of the discoveries they make every day. It makes everything new for me too, and I enjoy participating in their development. I believe that my over twenty years of experience working with young children enables me to bring the highest level of care to them every day. I can see how everything the kids do, from singing and dancing to playing with water in the sunshine is bringing them new skills. My comfort with kids allows them to have an easy day of play and learning, and eases the parents minds that their children are safe, happy, and receiving an education that will set them up for success for years to come.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

My program has a very home-like feeling. I value that when a child is being cared for, they are able to build a distinct bond with that one person, that the parents also trust. I feel almost like I’m a grandmother to the children in my program! In the beginning of life, it’s nice to have a comfortable environment before setting off for school. That is what I create a place where the children feel like we are a family. We sing, we dance, we do crafts and play-doh. We also use workbooks to learn the alphabet and other academic topics. I find hands-on activities to be the best so that we develop their sensory skills and their little muscles! I am very centered on the developmental growth of the children and everything we do is bringing new skills and lessons into their little brains.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

In my home, we have a big sunshine-filled room that is 20x25 with a wraparound deck off of it, then a fenced-in yard for outdoor play, weather-permitting. Inside we have shelves of toys, little kitchen sets, and tables and chairs for art and snacks, and couches for story time. There is also the kitchen and the dining room. The dining room is for napping, which is separated on purpose to let them know that there is no play while in that room. My home is easily accessible to public transportation, with both the Natick and Framingham stops nearby.

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Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.

~ Magda Gerber

Reviews & References

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

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Heather

Dina is like family. Both of my children started in her program as infants, and stayed until they went to school - they even continued part-time once in preschool! She is wonderful, and we still visit her! She loves getting into the holidays - dressing up and having little parties with the children for Halloween and the like. We had visited several other home daycares, but as soon as we met Dina, we felt at home. She asked if she could hold the baby, and immediately we felt she was the best choice. She loves reading with the kids - honestly, I wish my kids could still go to her!

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Sarah

Dina is so kind and loving. Both girls still talk about their time there, and they are now in 8th and 4th grades. Dina taught them not just to be ready for pre-school, but also about manners, sharing, and other important early childhood development milestones. Dina listened to my concerns as a new mother and was reassuring and patient. We all felt that Dina's was a safe, loving, learning environment.

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. Dina’s NeighborSchool5 Williams St Framingham, MA 01702(617) 263-7500

There are 88 home daycares in Framingham, MA. 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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