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Ms. Marlene

Kid's Fun Family Child Care

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

Each day we focus on fun, learning and play!

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.

Reading time
Circle time
Fine motor skills development
Gross motor skills development
Outdoor 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 #9028229

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. Marlene

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

I have five sons, and it was always my dream to have my own child care center - it is truly a passion of mine. I first opened my own FCC in 2001, and I have been caring for children for 19 years. Through these years, I have been committed to continuous learning and improvement. I focus on the importance of children’s education and on how to have good relationships with parents.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

My program is designed to help children develop academically, socially, and emotionally. I really focus on giving kids the attention they need and deserve. I make sure they’re comfortable, and I help them learn how to express themselves. We talk to each other all the time - about what they like, what they think about what we’re learning, what they observe - everything! Another important part of this is helping the kids socialize with each other. I have helped a lot of very shy children become more comfortable expressing themselves. Academically, I believe that kids learn through play and experience. I tailor existing curricula to meet the needs of the kids in my program. Days include reading, puzzles, dramatic play, dancing and music, and lots of activities like arts and crafts, painting, and playing with modeling clay. We also have formal learning time for new materials every day. During this time, we review the calendar, letters, numbers, and other topics we’ve learned about recently - like animals. We practice vocabulary in both English and Spanish. Apart from the fact that I teach their kids, I want parents to know that I am very concerned about kids’ well being. I observe carefully, build individualized relationships, and provide healthy, balanced meals. I pay careful attention, making sure all the kids are well.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

My home is a typical ranch style with 3 entryways, and now I am using various rooms of the house for different parts of the program. In the den, the children play and there are some materials for the child care program. The kitchen has a small table and dining area, which is also where the children can do activities like painting. The napping and reading area is in the living room. I am currently using just these spaces, but I have plans, once I have permission from City Hall, to fix up the basement and move the program there.

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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. Marlene.


I had the pleasure of meeting Marlene and giving her the opportunity to take care of my children, she is a responsible person with the a passion for taking care of children. For the time that she was in charge of taking care of them my children became fond of her, she made them feel that it was more than a daycare it was their home I recommend her to anyone she is a great person! (translated) yo tube el gusto de conocer a Marlene y darle la oportunidad a ella de cuidar de mis hijos ella es una persona responsable con la alta capacidad de desenvolver su Pasión por el cuido de niños yo estoy agradecida por el tiempo que ella tuvo a su cargo el cuido de ellos pues mis hijos se encariñaron con ella,ella les hacía sentir que más que una guardería era sus casa se las recomiendo es una gran persona (original review)


She is one of the best teachers, and seeing the change in my children! They are learning a lot! It's a very clean and organized place, I highly recommend them since my children like to spend a lot of time in her program, since they feel safe and apart of her family. (translated) Es una de las mejores maestras, e visto el cambio de mis hijos están aprendiendo mucho, un lugar muy limpio y organizado, se los recomiendo mucho ya que mis hijos les gusta pasar mucho tiempo en las actividades de ella, ya que se sienten seguros y en familia.

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. Marlene’s NeighborSchool254 Essex Street Marlboro, MA 01752(774) 545-8635(774) 545-8635

There are 43 home daycares in Marlborough. 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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