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Maria’s Family Daycare
Where little ones grow and learn
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.
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
Originally, I opened my own daycare because I wanted to be able to care for my own daughter, and now I have been running my program for almost 20 years! I am committed to continuous improvement, and I take advantage of opportunities to engage in new training. As an Early Childhood Education professional, I really focus on the well-being of the children in my program. I also value manners and politeness, and I teach the children how to practice good manners through everything we do.
During a typical day at Maria’s Family Daycare, when the children arrive, I greet them and show them how to remove their jackets and wash their hands. I tell them to play for a few minutes while Ms. María gets breakfast ready, and when they are finished, we wash hands, and they go back to playing while I clean up. Then we do diaper changes and wash hands to get ready for circle time. We sing the ABCs and start the day by asking who knows what day it is. I have songs for each day of the week. We break for a few minutes and get the materials ready for the next activity of the day. After that, we clean up and do some body exercises - sometimes we do free play and other times we make a circle and start to dance. I observe the children during this time and take notes. I use a curriculum program called Currículo de Primera Infancia. Days include science, math, music, and reading time, all of which are tailored to our theme of the day. For example, children use plastic scissors to try to cut paper and show what is around them, and in our community. I have lots of photos and clothes for dress up in the Dramatic Play area - along with fruits and vegetables. I also teach them about healthy habits and the parts of the body. I share different cultures through food, language and photos. At mealtime, I show them how to sit well and use good manners to chew with their mouths closed and use a napkin. I show them it is important to eat healthily. I also show them how to discard leftovers in the trash and that we don’t touch anything else until hands are washed and we have brushed our teeth.
Maria’s Family Daycare takes place in a colorful inviting part of my Roxbury home that is completely dedicated to the program. There are areas for reading, activities, resting, dramatic play, and circle time. I also have bins of materials that we can bring out to use at tables. Many items around the room are labeled in English and Spanish, and every child has a separate cubby to store coats and belongings.
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“Play is the highest form of research.”~ Albert Einstein
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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There are 5 home daycares in Nubian Square. 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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