Earlier this week, I discussed some of the stereotypes and attitudes surrounding family child care. As a follow-up to Family Child Care - I'm not a babysitter. I am conducting a series of interviews with family child care providers across the state of Massachusetts.
The purpose of these interviews is to spread the word about the professionals that work in this field. A commonly heard stereotype is that FCC's just play all day, are babysitters, or are unable to provide a proper pre-school education. While there are people who fall into that category, what I have experienced while talking to other providers is vastly different. FCC's provide stimulating age appropriate activities, structured and safe environments, and learning through play.
My first interview is with Sarah, who provides care in Medford. Thank you for your time, Sarah!
What is your name, where are you located, and does your business have a name?
Sarah's Family Daycare, Medford, Massachusetts
How long have you been in business?
What age groups do you provide for?
6 weeks to five years
What is the price range for your services and do you accept vouchers?
$60 a day
I have accepted vouchers in the past. As of right now all, my of clients are private pay.
What type of schooling/ training have you done related to child care and education?
Associates degree in Early childhood Ed. I've been taking care of children since I was 13.
What is the best part of your job?
Playing with the kids!
What types of activities does your program provide?
We follow Funshine Express Curriculum. Daily park trips, weather permitting, and lots of play.
What should people know about your program?
I own a two family home and my daycare is in the first floor apartment. We are pretty laid back and relaxed here.
What is the best way to contact you, should a family be interested in more information or setting up a tour?
Sarah's family daycare