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What makes a great home daycare provider?

Providers who partner with NeighborSchools are united in these three ways:

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.

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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 partnered with NeighborSchools to open Wee Play Infant Toddler Development in Gloucester, MA.

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They are passionate about and dedicated to working with young children. This isn’t a job; this is a calling and a career.

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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.

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I've always been intimidated by the paperwork and regulations surrounding setting up a licensed home daycare program. This guide was a fantastic resource that walked me through the process and helped me launch Patico’s Home Daycare confidently.

Provider Martha Conlon used the Ultimate Guide and partnered with NeighborSchools to start her home daycare program in Dedham, MA.

What is Licensed Home Daycare?

Licensed Home Daycare is when one experienced educator operates out of her or his home with a maximum program size of six to ten students.

What's inside?

Use the Ultimate Guide as a starting point to launch your new business, find your first customers, and build the home daycare program of your dreams.

Beyond that, each provider and their program is beautifully unique—just like you!

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 childhood 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.

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27-pages of helpful information to help you get licensed & open a successful program 

Licensing Requirements & Process

Home Requirements & Inspection

How to Register Your Business for Tax Credits

Family Child Care Marketing Playbook

Operations Guide

Answers to your questions

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The Ultimate Guide to Opening a Home Daycare in Massachusetts

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What's inside?

Use our guide as a starting point to launch your new business, find your first customers, and build the program of your dreams.

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What makes a great home daycare provider?

Providers who partner with NeighborSchools are united in these three ways:

 Licensing requirements & process

What's inside?

Home requirements & inspection

✓ How to register for tax credits

 Home requirements & inspection

✓ Family Child Care Marketing Playbook

✓ Operations Guide

What is Licensed Family Child Care?

To become licensed, a provider must go through:

  • A 3-part background check for every person in the household
  • Rigorous home inspection & unannounced visits from EEC Licensors at least once per year to ensure a healthy & safe environment
  • 10+ hours of continuing education per year
  • Pediatric CPR & First Aid certification
  • Medication Administration Training
  • Training in Safe Sleep, Childhood Health & Nutrition

NeighborSchools partners meet or exceed all EEC licensing requirements, and many have 10+ years of professional experience prior to opening their own program.

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Does this sound like you?

If so, click the button below to get the free guide and learn the first steps to launching an amazing daycare program!

Does this sound like you?

If so, click the button below to get the free guide and learn the first steps to launching an amazing daycare program!

27-pages of helpful information to help you get licensed & open a successful program