The Franklin Square House Day Care Center, Inc. offers a
developmentally appropriate, child centered and experiential educational
program for children between 15 months and 6 years. We provide a safe and
nurturing environment filled with interesting, engaging, hands-on activities
for discovering, trying, questioning and constructing knowledge.
The Franklin Square House Day Care Center was opened in the early 1980s as a small child care facility for infants, toddler, and preschool age children housed in the Franklin Square House Apartments located at 1575 Tremont Street, Boston. Throughout it's 30 year history, it has become a premier choice for early childhood education in the Mission Hill community. Welcoming families from Mission Hill, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and the Longwood Medical Area, the classroom boasts an extremely diverse group of children, as well as teaching staff. The Franklin Square House Day Care Center strives to provide a safe, warm, loving, supportive, non-competitive environment in which children can learn and grow. Our educational philosophy is based on the development model of learning, we believe that children grow and learn at their own pace and in their own unique way as they naturally progress through different developmental levels. Children learn through their play, it is our job to provide interesting, fun, engaging play activities for the. It is through these active, hands-on learning experiences that children are able to construct their own understanding and knowledge about the world around them. They do this by looking, touching, and manipulating new things, as well as wondering, discovering, trying out new ideas, and asking questions. Our goal is to provide a program that meets the individual needs of each child. Teachers watch and listen to the children and encourage them to express their own ideas and feelings. Children need and want clear limits. The limits we set are for the children's physical and emotional safety. Helping them to feel independent, responsible, and positive about themselves facilitates their learning.
We have various accomplishments in the recent years that we are especially proud of. The staff worked especially hard and we received national accreditation through NAEYC in 2013. We have also been recognized by the city of Boston and the Boston Pubic Health Commission as the first center based program to receive recognition by the mayor and the Healthy Childcare Initiative.
As a small, non-profit childcare center we have seemingly endless needs, however certain needs do take precedence. Our number one need is creating a larger influx of funds in order to better pay teachers who are receiving higher levels of education, as well as hire better qualified teachers with bachelor's or masters degrees. The goal is to create an additional $15,000-20,000 operating funds to devote strictly to our teacher salaries. With also have equipment needs, the most pressing being a new gross motor structure in our toddler classroom which run anywhere from $1500-$3000 depending on it's size and quality. We would also like to start hosting parent workshops for our families and the families in our community, and presenter fees generally run around $100/hour. A long term goal is to also provide childcare spots at our center partially or totally funded by an annual scholarship for families who apply and qualify. A scholarship of this sort would add an annual cost to our budget of anywhere from $7,000-$15,000 depending on the magnitude of the scholarship and age of the child.
We are a small organization, and due to our small size we pride ourselves in the sense of family we hold dear both in our teaching staff and with the families and children enrolled in our center. Our staff have been to birthday parties, weddings, funerals, christenings, and probably even more important events in the lives of the teachers and families here at our school. While many schools immediately dismiss a problem child, we embrace them, help that child and their family find a plan of action and solution for that child's behavior. We are a center with a true heart and desire to help each and every child that comes through our doors to leave our program a confident young child ready to conquer the world. We still have alumni that come back to visit us after five, ten, or even fifteen years. Some of the children currently enrolled are second generation attendees of the Franklin Square House Day Care Center. This sense of community and family can be sensed in either of our classrooms as you walk in throughout the day. The children and teachers are happy, boisterous, and always laughing. Early childhood is a under-appreciated but highly important field, and by investing in the growth of our center, you are investing in so much more than a play structure or guest presenter. You are investing in the future leaders of tomorrow from the very beginning. Character building does not start in kindergarten, it starts from birth. Taking first steps, making friendships, learning to share, resolving conflicts, these things all happen in those first five years of life that we help to form and develop. These are the skills our children will take with them into the future world as the leaders of tomorrow.
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