Daycare is reopening in MA. Here’s what parents need to know.

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I started my own family child care program when my daughters were little because I wanted to make sure that they were in an environment where they were always learning. I give all of the children in my care the same affection, love, and care as my own daughters. I love working with children because they are the future!

Adriana S. — Salem, MA

The juggle is real!

You want to spend time with your little ones but you need to support your family. Opening your own child care program can help you find the right balance.

NeighborSchools Providers

Neighborschools providers are united in three foundational ways:

  1. They believe that child care is not babysitting, and providers are not babysitters. They are early-childhood educators, and they take this role in the lives of young children seriously.
  2. They are passionate about and dedicated to working with young children. This isn’t a job; this is a calling and a career.
  3. They believe that the in-home setting, smaller ratios, mixed age-groups, and more individualized attention—the Family Child Care difference—is a recipe for a successful child care experience.

Beyond that, each provider and their program is beautifully unique. Some come to NeighborSchools with 10+ years of experience in Montessori pre-schools. Others are certified early interventionists who are ready for the next chapter in their career. Others still are devoted mothers or grandmothers with a passion for childhoood development. Some live in the same New England towns that their great-grandparents settled 100+ years ago, and others are recent immigrants from as far afield as Colombia, Ethiopia, or Bangladesh. Their stories, their dedication to children, and their ambitions to be small-business owners are what make them so special.


Even with all of my experience, I’m not sure I could have opened Wee Play without NeighborSchools. It is so reassuring to have their help at each step of the process.

Deb Pacheco — Gloucester MA

I’ve always been intimidated by the paperwork and regulations surrounding setting up a program. NeighborSchools has been such an amazing help and allowed me to focus on the things I love, like preparing my space and activities.

Martha Conlon — Dedham MA

The NeighborSchools Difference

Unlike, Yelp, or SitterCity, here at NeighborSchools we only partner with Licensed Home Daycare & Preschool Providers. These high-quality small-scale programs allow for better ratios, meaning more individualized attention for your little one. In Massachusetts, all Providers are licensed by the Dept. of Early Education & Care (EEC).

In order to receive and maintain a license from the EEC, Providers must:
  • Complete training in Safe Sleep, Childhood Nutrition, Medication Administration, and Transportation Safety
  • Undergo a rigorous home environment inspection & unannounced monitoring visits from EEC Licensors throughout the year
  • Maintain current Pediatric CPR & First Aid certificates
  • Complete a 3-part background record check, including fingerprints
  • Complete 10+ hours of professional development training annually

Many parents don‘t realize that Licensed Home Daycare & Preschool is regulated just like center-based child care. The biggest difference is that with Home Daycare your child is in the care of one experienced Provider who is wholly devoted to the children in their program. Children get the individualized attention and continuity of care they need to thrive; you get a more affordable child care option conveniently located right in your neighborhood.