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Ms. Paola

Medina, Paola

Licensed home daycare
Bronx, NY
8am–6pm, M - F

Play, learn and grow together.

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.

Arts & crafts
Drawing & illustration
Reading time
Outdoor play
Puzzles
Music

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 #865282

Prior Experience
  • School Bus Attendant @ Leesel Bus Transportation

    3 years experience with preschoolers and school age

Education
  • Professional Certificate - 2020

    15 hours OCFS

  • Professional Certificate - 2020

    CPR/ First AID

  • Professional Certificate - 2020

    Family Daycare license

  • Associate’s Degree - 2014

    Associate in Applied Science @ Plaza 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. Paola

What inspires you to care for young children?

Every child deserves to have a safe and happy place to spend their days. This is my number one goal with my home daycare, to offer a place outside of their home where children can learn, grow, and feel comfortable and relaxed. My first job working with kids was as a school bus attendant, and it really made me see how much I love being around children and how much I enjoy their energy. Having my own program is rewarding - being able to work with children and families in my own community and knowing that my home is a place where children can learn, feel safe, and be themselves makes me just as happy as it makes them.

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

Young children are so curious and get so excited to try new things. In my home, there are plenty of interesting, fun, and different things to do, and our routine is flexible. We like to sing, dance, do arts and crafts, and play outdoors. Sometimes we do worksheets that prepare them for school - the kids really love activities where they learn something new and educational. They also love going to the playground near my house and having fun playing games with each other and running around outdoors. Reading books together is one of my favorite parts of the day. I really enjoy sharing stories and talking about the book and its characters after we read. We stay busy and learn a lot in my program!

What’s one thing parents should know about your program?

My daycare family is so important to me. I treat every child in my program like they are my own, and their caregivers become a big part of our community too. For children leaving their homes for the first time, I make sure to treat them with extra love and care. Over the years, I have worked with children who have taught me a lot – about how every child has different needs and it’s important to be patient and really figure out how to help them develop and grow. My promise to parents and families when they trust me with their child is that they will learn something new every day so that when they head off to a school program after being in my home, they are ready for that next step.

Think Ms. Paola might be a good fit?

Find out if she has a spot for you. It’s 100% free and takes just 5 minutes.

If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.

~ Alfie Kohn

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. Paola’s NeighborSchool320 East 156th street Apt. 5h Bronx, NY 10451(551) 213-3897(551) 213-3897

There are 7 home daycares in Melrose. Most care for 6 to 10 children and take both infants and toddlers. All home daycares are licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services, just like preschool centers.

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FAQs

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.

What is NeighborSchools?

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.

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