With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! Childcare is available as well for use during speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers or childcare you will earn extra raffle tickets-just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
I am a Local Childcare Consultant, a cultural care representative who lives in the community and provides on-the-ground support to area families and au pairs. I help families considering childcare determine if Cultural Care Au Pair is the right fit for them.
2. Where is it located?
Cultural Care Au Pair sends au pairs to host families all over the country and provides services to all of cape cod. As an LCC I provide support to all host families and au pairs living on the upper cape while a fellow LCC services the lower cape.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
I love how family oriented and supportive this community is of each other. There are always things to do as a family in the area and on several occasions I’ve seen the community come together in times of need.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
While I support families in our program on a regular basis I personally enjoy being out in the community with my own family attending events, school functions and enjoying what our community has to offer.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
I think one challenge for parents in our community is finding affordable and available childcare.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
I always enjoy meeting our new host families and au pairs and learning about all of the different cultures. It is very rewarding when au pairs connect with each other and become life long friends and supportive of one another when they are so far from home. I also love hearing about and being a part of all of the successes that host families and au pairs have together. Our au pairs become a part of their host families lives and we often see them keeping in touch and visiting each other when their year or two is up and they have returned to their home country.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Get out and about in the community! There are so many fun groups and great family resources offered. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or attend that first group if you are new to the area. It takes a village!
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Aside from our monthly au pair outings and host family events for current au pairs and host families there are no specific events scheduled at this time. I am always available answer questions anyone has about our program.
Cape Cod Child Development is excited to announce that we are now enrolling for both our Preschool/Head Start
programs in the following locations:
Falmouth, Centerville, Hyannis, West Yarmouth, Dennis Port and Nantucket!
Apply online TODAY: www.cccdp.org
Questions? Please call: (508) 775-6240
We were able to get a PDF copy of the Childcare Subsidy Application for the Towns of Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Harwich, Dennis & Provincetown. Please click on the file below and download and you will be able to fill it out!
Childcare Subsidy Program
"Thank you for your interest in applying for the Childcare Subsidy Program as part of a Community
Development Block Grant. Eligibility for this program is income and residency based and as such,
the following application will help us ensure that your family qualifies."
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Bailey Boyd Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 636
North Eastham, MA 02651
By Moira Bundschuh, Local Childcare Coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair
Choosing the right child care option can be a daunting task. Options abound from daycare to live-in caretakers, and with them come varying price points, flexibility and personality fits. But one option that often passes families by when they’re thinking about child care is au pairs, which are child caregivers from other countries who live with local families (host families) and provide 45 hours of flexible childcare per week in exchange for room and board and a weekly stipend.
Au pairs come from around the world, and offer a unique cultural exchange with their host families. They also offer an affordable alternative to the daunting expense of child care (Massachusetts has one of the highest in the nation), weighing in at $360 per week plus room and board, regardless of the number of children they’re caring for. Au pairs are a government-regulated program, and caregivers are between 18 and 26 years old, proficient in English and receive 32 hours of childcare training through an agency like Cultural Care. (If they’re caring for infants under 2 years old, that requirement bumps up to 200 hours.)
As the Local Childcare Coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair, I work with host families around the Cape to help them select the best au pair and then keep in touch with them throughout the year or more that the au pair lives with the family, answering questions and ensuring the transition is smooth. As such, I’ve learned a lot about how to decide whether au pair care is the right choice for your family. If you’re considering child care options and are curious about au pairs, here are some things to consider:
Moira Bundschuh is the Local Childcare Coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair on Cape Cod. She grew up on Cape Cod and returned to Hyannis to raise her two daughters. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choosing the Right Child Care Facility for Your Family
By Maggie Teller
Where do you begin?
Choosing an early learning center for your child can be one of the most difficult decisions that working families have to make for their children. It can be a daunting task to think about for most new moms. So, where do you begin? Start by making a list and asking some important questions.
How to chose a center…start by using word of mouth.
Once you have these initial questions out of the way, start asking your colleagues, co- workers, family and friends where they send their children.
· Ask them about their experiences with their facilities.
· Find out if they would recommend their early learning center to you.
· Also, don’t forget to ask them if there are things that they don’t like about the center. Maybe they have an option on the policies, staff, cleanliness or curriculum?
· Who knows better than a family that is already attending a center about the true ins and outs?
But just because your friend or family member likes a center doesn’t mean that it will definitely be a right fit for you.
Things to consider: be prepared for your tour.
· Make sure you and your child feel comfortable and welcomed at the center during the tour.
· Ask about their curriculum.
· Are the staff CPR qualified? Do the teachers have degrees in early childhood education?
· Is the center accredited?
· Talk to staff and Director about how they manage negative behavior.
· How clean is the center? Who cleans it everyday?
· How are the rooms furnished? Children should have access to a variety of learning experiences, age appropriate equipment and play centers throughout the classroom.
The list of questions can be endless…so come prepared. Bring a list of all the things that are important to you in an early learning environment. It is hard to remember once you get to the center. Also, take good notes so you can revisit when you are trying to compare all the centers that you visit.
Visit more than one center.
It is very important to visit more than one early learning center. Don’t settle for the first center you visit. There are so many facilities out that that vary in so many ways. They may have different philosophies; curriculum, different ratios and some are large or small facilities. Really take the time to investigate all types of centers before you settle on the one that is the perfect fit for your family. In the end only you know what will work best for your family.
The Children’s Workshop
The Children’s Workshop was created when my father, Dave MacDonald, witnessed his employees struggle to find quality, affordable, reliable child care. We began with one location in Lincoln, RI and we’ve grown to become a leading child care provider in RI and MA. The Children’s Workshop is still owned and operated by my family.
We teach our own research-based curriculum which has been developed by our team for over twenty years. Our teachers are well trained in their field. Many hold degrees in early child hood education and all of our staff take trainings regularly to stay up to date with new teaching techniques and ideas.
We encourage families to come in for a tour and learn about our family company. This Thursday, August 21st, we are having an open house at all of our locations from 5-7 so parents can stop by, meet the other families at the center and see what we have in store for the school year. If your family is considering enrolling in an early learning center or an after school program, this is perfect time to stop by.
We have a location at 536 MacArthur Blvd. in Bourne, MA. They can be reached at (508) 563-3400. We also have a location in South Dennis located at 434 Route 134 in the Cranberry Square Plaza. Call (508) 760-2772.
Maggie Teller has formally been a part of The Children’s Workshop team since 2008 when she joined the company to lead its business development efforts but her connection to the company started much earlier than that in 1990 when The Children’s Workshop was founded by her father, Dave. In June of 2014 Maggie became the President & CEO. Maggie also acts as steward for the Children's Workshop brand, mission, and values and is Executive Director of The Children's Workshop Foundation.
Cape Cod Mommies is excited to add once again to our Board of Advisors! Join us in Welcoming: Emily Accrocco ~ Doula
Emily grew up in Barnstable, Cape Cod and after graduation, attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Women's Studies. In 2010, she gave birth to her daughter Lena Rose with the assistance of a doula. She had never considered or been educated about natural childbirth or hiring a doula. Emily had an amazing experience and it motivated her to become a doula herself. Her dream was to work with teen girls and as a labor and delivery nurse, but found doula-ing satisfies both passions. Emily believes in the transitive powers of childbirth on women and believes that every woman should have doula support to have the most fulfilling birth and most positive experience. Childbirth is so empowering and humbling at the same time, that to be a part of another's special moment means so much to the doula. Birthing is a spiritual event and women can take back the personal power and innate strength to give birth without excessive and unnecessary medical interventions. Emily works as a mental health counselor for children and adolescents. She draws on her experiences in social work and birth work to be successful in both fields. She is currently a
midwifery student and has dreams of opening a pregnancy and birth services center on Cape Cod.
Teachers and parents of current students will be on hand to give tours of the school and answer any questions. The WHDCC is currently enrolling students for Summer and Fall 2013. Take this opportunity to bring the kids to visit the school, speak with the teachers and parents, and get on the waiting list for future enrollment periods as well.
Join us in welcoming Cape Cod Mommies newest sponsor: The Children's Workshop! The Children's Workshop has 16 different locations in MA and RI. One of their locations is conveniently located on Rte. 28 in Bourne and is run by director Bailey Kent. Bailey has over 10 years of combined teaching experience and is a mother to a baby boy as well! Bailey will be joining us as a guest blogger once a month-we are excited to read about her adventures!
They offer high quality child care and learning for preschool, pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and school age children! Their full-day Kindergarten offers a classroom size which is limited to 12-15 students, which provides a much better child-to-teacher ratio than the public schools, allowing for more individual attention. The center is located on Route 28 and this new building includes bright, developmentally appropriate classrooms, an indoor gross motor room and large outdoor playgrounds.
Their programs offer affordable rates, convenient hours and a great location. In addition, they utilize a nationally recognized curriculum and approach to education that you will see in action in all our centers. Their developmentally appropriate classrooms are warm and inviting and are designed with young children in mind. The curriculum provides a strong foundation for children's academic success and the teachers provide a warm, nurturing environment in which every child can be successful. Children retain more when they're having fun so their programs emphasize learning through play.
Take a moment and visit their website or give them a call and arrange a tour! I know we have some mom's already who use The Children's Workshop, we would love to hear what you have to say!
Cape Cod Moms