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Ms. Deb

Wee Play Infant Toddler Development

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

Focused on building all areas of development

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.

Fine motor skills development
Gross motor skills development
Reading time
Outdoor play
Sensory play
Arts & crafts

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 #9042728

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. Deb

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I earned my BA in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University and I’ve been working with young children ever since. Over the course of my career I have been an Educator, operating my own Family Child Care program in California when my children were younger. I then spent over a decade as a Developmental Specialist working in Early Intervention to help young children and families. My licensed Family Child Care program will cater to children ages one to three, providing development and learning activities specifically tailored to those formative years.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

A child learns by building on the skills that they have mastered. It is important to know what stage a child is in for each area of development and what they should be able to do next developmentally. Each child is unique and should never be compared to another child. All activities should be designed to promote development in all areas of development. Speech, gross and fine motor, social/emotional development, as well as Cognition and Self Help Skills are all important areas of development to constantly be building on. I work with children between the ages of 2 months and 3 years because I want to specialize in Infant/ Toddler Development. The child’s brain is learning everything and being completely formed by the age of three years old. It is so vital that a child learns to trust his environment and that his needs will be met. In very young children self help skills include hand washing, tooth brushing, beginning to learn simple dressing skills such as putting on and taking off their shirt. Problem solving is mastered through play such as cause/effect toys where a child learns that if they do one thing it will make something else happen. They master puzzles and shape sorters, blocks, and other toys all age appropriate for their ages and skill levels. Pro-Social activities and play will be encouraged throughout the day. Sharing with friends will be encouraged while a child learns a healthy concept of “mine and “me”. Speech and communication will be the basis of the day with speech modeled and encouraged. Songs and books will be constant throughout the day. Motor skills are developed through self feeding,building blocks, using crayons, markers and paint brushes. Doing activities with crawling, kneeling,standing on one foot and another, walking, and running are all activities to develop large muscles.

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If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns.

~ Rita Dunn

Reviews & References

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


I would absolutely recommend Deb. I've known Deb for over a decade, since she worked in early intervention. Her love, patience and dedication to children was very clear to me as I watched her interact with my grandson. She also taught a class at our local library for children and made the class so much fun for the children as well as parents. Deb will be an amazing Educator - she is an uplifting and wonderful human being.


Deb has worked with all four of my kids over the years. There are so many things I could say about Deb, but the most important thing is that she's just such a kind, gentle soul. She is just so great with my kids and she's really inspirational. She simply goes above and beyond anything anyone could ask for for their children.

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. Deb’s NeighborSchool1 Gee Avenue Gloucester, MA 01930(978) 969-9208(978) 969-9208

There is 1 home daycare in Gloucester. 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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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.

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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.

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