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Ms. Marie

Inspirational Family Child Care

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

Inspiring all children to learn and grow through 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
Outdoor play
Arts & crafts
Seasonal activities
Fine motor skills development
Gross motor skills development
Sensory play
Circle time

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 #9076509

Prior Experience
  • Teacher @ Bright Horizons

    4 years experience with infants, toddlers and preschoolers

Education
  • Master's Degree - 2020

    Early Childhood Education @ Lesley University

  • Bachelor’s Degree - 2017

    Early Childhood Education @ Lesley University

  • Associate’s Degree - 2015

    Early Childhood Education @ Bunker Hill Community College

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. Marie

Tell us about your experience working with young children?

It has always been an absolute dream of mine to have my home daycare. I’ve raised my three children and have an associate, bachelor and master’s degrees in early childhood education. I did pre-practicum in preschool and kindergarten in the public schools. I started working with children as a teacher in a daycare center 4 years ago. I have so much to provide to little ones. I especially love to read books, sing and to tell stories to the children, but the truth is that so many parts of the day bring a lot of joy and fun. Through it all, I focus on allowing children to express themselves. One of the best parts of working with children is that they are all different. The work is incredibly rewarding, especially when I think about all the children I’ve helped grow and learn. It’s such a gift to guide the children in my program as they grow. I am very proud to be a part of my community. This gives me the opportunity to create the welcoming. Nurturing environment that I think is so important. I believe children learn best when they have a good relationship with their teachers. This creates a positive interaction with secure attachment that make the children feel good about themselves in their surroundings. The children learn how to play cooperatively, take turns, improve their language as they communicate with one another.  Having 2-5 years old in my program requires me to know zone of proximal development of each child in order to I use modeling, and scaffolding strategies with visual aids to support an individual child’s learning. This experience will give them unforgettable feelings of being loved that they will carry into their adulthood, and help them to build a positive relationship with others. As a teacher, of young children, I must meet goals and expectations for each child’s learning.

What are the key areas of focus at your daycare?

I believe children learn best through educational lessons that allow them to explore, so when independence is fully guaranteed they are able to make their own choices. We have meaningful goals and objectives as well as free play activities that allow children to problem solve. They use their imagination, through struggles and mistakes to see what will happen. The children find the answers to their questions and develop self-guided skills. In my program, I want parents to know that I treat all the children the same and equally by providing access to the same curriculum and materials to all. Parents and children become part of one family here. I agree with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position on the statement responding to linguistic and cultural diversity which states that “Recommendation for working with children recognize that all children are cognitively linguistically and emotionally connected to the language and culture of their home.” I believe that diversity should be highlighted in the classroom environment by allowing individual child to make a needed adjustment while fostering the acquisition of a new language. We focus on every child’s level of knowledge in consideration with respect to the first language and cultural background. We modify the lesson to meet everyone’s learning ability and needs. Having a small group of children in my home-based program is great because I want all to look forward to coming here, and this setting makes that possible. I use my knowledge and prior experiences to adjust my program and meet individual children's needs, and I focus on exploration and imagination. We follow a daily routine that can vary according to child age and interest. Beginning with drop off and breakfast, morning meeting, most days include curriculum-based lessons and activities, free play, motor skills development, nap time and evening meeting. My favorite time is dramatic play. I love to see their personalities and interests develop and shine through.

Can you tell us a bit about your home environment?

I have dedicated the first floor of my home in Whitman to my program. The space is very comfortable and I know this becomes like a second home to many children.
I believe that children learn best in an environment that is well organized to facilitate learning and positively influence children’s behavior. My home environment displays a meaningful message in the different areas and the children become aware of what to do there without asking for help from the adult. The areas are: dramatic play, independent work, arts and crafts, science, library, Math, language, and physical area. The shelves are at the children’s level and encourage self-help skills. My environment helps the children to make good choices and let each one feels that she belongs there. There is also access to my outdoor environment which is completely surrounded by a vinyl fence.

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Reviews & References

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

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Meredith

Ms. Marie has been wonderful with my son Zack who is new to daycare. I'm a nurse and feel comfortable leaving Zack with Ms. Marie because she is well-prepared, organized, and has a warm, caring personality. It's obvious by her attentiveness that she enjoys working with kids and is excited to see Zack learn and explore. I found Ms. Marie to be the friendliest and most engaging care provider when I was searching for daycare. Zack was shy, but warmed up to her fun personality quickly. The indoor and outdoor play area is clean and spacious with engaging toys and things to look at. I highly recommend Ms. Marie.

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Nicole

Marie is an amazing caregiver and teacher. We are so grateful to have her in our community.

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. Marie’s NeighborSchool382 Washington Street Whitman, MA 02382(774) 380-8386(774) 380-8386

There are 12 home daycares in Whitman. 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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