Take the survey to see 3 daycares that match your preferences, timeline, and what matters most to you. It’s free for parents & takes 5 minutes.Take the 5-minute survey to see 3 daycares that match your preferences & timeline.
Where children learn through exploration
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
I have always been passionate about working with children. When I had my own children, I looked for child care in my area and didn’t find a program that I felt comfortable with, so in 1984 I opened my own family child care program, which I had for 15 years. I then worked at the YMCA first as a toddler teacher, through various roles, all the way to the Center Director of child care in East Boston and eventually running the child feeding program. I started the YMCA food programs for after school and summer and took it from six sites to sixty-one. I have a bachelor’s in Human Services, have worked with children for many years, and am licensed and certified for family child care. After years working for YMCA, my first grandchild was born and I decided to start a new program for parents in the community looking for high quality care for their children.
My program is one where the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills of the child are developed through play. It’s important to me that the children are ready to enter school, and that parents aren’t worried about the level of care that their child is receiving in my home. I help the children find their voice and their interests through both group and individual play, focusing on what their needs are specifically. I look at parents as partners as well, because all parents are entitled to a stress-free environment where their children can learn and play during the day.
At my program, we utilize the entirety of my home. It depends on the activity, but sometimes we will be in the kitchen, family room, or a spare room. I also have a big fenced-in yard where we can enjoy the outdoors. In Winthrop, there are many local resources for the kids to enjoy too. We go to the community parks and beaches, the Winthrop Public Library, or for walks around the block to get outside and explore the environment around us. My home is also accessible by public transportation.
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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”~ Benjamin Franklin
Here’s the inside scoop from other parents that have worked with Ms. Gail.
We have been incredibly lucky to have Gail care for our son. She is engaging, caring, and a great communicator. She often takes our son for walks, to the park, and to the library. Toys and activities are designed to cater to the interest of the children in her care. She takes pride in following daycare safety and sanitary regulations. We are able to leave our son in her care with full confidence and peace of mind. I strongly recommend Gail to anyone looking for dependable and nurturing child care.
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 Winthrop. 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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Your family is unique to you, but some of your questions might not be. 😉 Here’s what most parents want to know when starting out.
Hey there, nice to meet you 👋 We’re a new-ish startup that helps new-ish parents find daycare.
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.
So we created NeighborSchools to make this piece of parenthood a whole lot easier. We say “easier” because, let’s be honest, it’s still a big thing to figure out, but working together we can help you find some good options, understand the whole process, and choose a program you’ll feel really good about.
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.
Nope. Our daycare recommendation service is free for parents. The other half of our business is helping these small-scale daycares with software and services that handle all their administrative tasks, like online contracting, payment processing, and licensing requirements. Before NeighborSchools, services like these were only designed for large corporate child care centers, and part of our mission is to level the playing field for small, independent child care programs. That’s why we picked the name NeighborSchools - we’re all about making child care more personal, more human, and more equitable for the incredible individuals who do this work and care for our children.
Generally, if you’re here, you’re ready. The survey lets us give you 3 recommendations to consider, but it’ll also help you better understand what factors to consider, and what questions to be asking right now. It’s simple things like where you live, your child’s date of birth, when you want to start care, and if you have any preferences around program philosophy or language of instruction. If you’re planning 6+ months ahead, it’s a great way to get started, and if you’re hoping to start daycare in the next 2-4 months, it’s definitely time to get started. Click here to start the survey.
Each program has a limited number of spots for each age range, so we need to know your schedule and child’s age before we can share availability. The survey covers these basics, as well as factors like drop-off and pick-up times to make sure that recommended programs fit your daily routine. Once we know your child’s age and schedule we can share rates and costs as well.
Take the survey and get 3 daycare recommendations that fit your preferences. Takes 5 minutes and it’s 100% free for parents.