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Ms. Melissa

Lombert Duran, Melissa

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

the right place to play , learn and grow for your children

Great for parents who want...

Each daycare has its own approach and specialties based on the provider’s expertise. Take the survey to see daycares that match your preferences and work best for you.Each daycare has its own approach & specialties. Take the survey to see 3 good matches for you.

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.

Circle time
Arts & crafts
Gross motor skills development
Fine motor skills development
Music
Seasonal activities
Neighborhood walks
Sensory play

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 #877320

Prior Experience
  • Early Childhood Specialist @ Masa - ParentChild+

    1 year experience with toddlers

  • Teacher Assistant @ West Harlem Headstart Program

    1 year experience with preschoolers

  • Daycare Assistant @ Sunflower Daycare Center

    3 years experience with infants, toddlers and preschoolers

Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree - 2021

    Psychology @ Lehman 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. Melissa

What inspires you to care for young children?

Young children have so many incredible experiences in front of them. It’s such a pleasure to help introduce them to the world. At daycare, kids make remarkable progress in their everyday lives: making new friends, learning new words, creating something in arts and crafts that they’re really proud of. Knowing that they reached these milestones in an environment you created, under your guidance, is so rewarding. A love of children and caregiving runs in my family. My mom owned a daycare, and I’ve basically always been surrounded by children. Hopefully the children and families in this program feel the love of these generations!

What’s a typical day like at your daycare?

My program really strives to set these children up for well-rounded success in the world. We emphasize the importance of learning and literacy, to give them a solid foundation for their future schooling. But this definitely doesn’t mean we do kindergarten prep sheets all day! We have plenty of time for creative outlets like arts and crafts—it tends to be a favorite among the children! This is also a bilingual program, so the kids will get to learn another language (Spanish). One of the best parts of our routine is story time. Reading really opens doors for children. (When I’m able to, I help children from marginalized families learn to read, and it makes a huge impact on them!) It’s an awesome opportunity for us to be present with one another, to dive into the world of a story together, and to work on reading skills. Reading also really promotes empathy and caring for others. Not only do we want these kids to be smart and ready for school, but we want them to be respectful of their peers, too. Observing holidays together is another example of the way we introduce these kids to different cultures and backgrounds. It’s so inspiring when the kids get really interested in learning about how to celebrate other people.

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

The individual needs of the children will be taken seriously here. No two children are exactly alike, and a good educator will take the time to understand their challenges and to help them see their uniqueness as strengths. Parents might be interested to know that I got my degree in early childhood psychology and specialize in child behavior. In a daycare setting, this knowledge and background experience really comes to life. Once, there was a child in my program who wouldn’t speak at all. His parents were quite anxious about this, but after a few months in the literacy program, he became more comfortable and started speaking up—both in the classroom and at home. A big part of educating children is creating a space where they feel safe and ready to come out of their shell, and approaching every situation with patience and understanding. Parents should know that their children will be heard here.

Think Ms. Melissa might be a good fit?

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

Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.

~ Magda Gerber

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. Melissa’s NeighborSchool200 Dyckman Street Apt. 2F 2nd Floor New York, NY 10040(973) 358-8354(973) 358-8354

There are 8 home daycares in Fort George. 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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