Family Child Care

Pathways for Children contracts with nine Family Child Care (FCC) educators throughout the greater Gloucester community. Our FCC educators are independent contractors, licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and certified in CPR and 1st Aid. Family Childcare Educators provide care for children ranging in age from birth through age 13. Families of all income levels are encouraged to apply for this program. In-home childcare environments offer low staff to child ratios in an intimate setting. FCC Educators offer a rich, individualized curriculum designed to prepare children for success in school. The mixed age group setting provides learning opportunities for the children not available in age-segregated classrooms.  Each home is unique and reflects the personality and interests of the provider.

All Family Child Care Educators prepare nutritious and delicious meals, which follow USDA standards.  Monthly visits by Pathways’ staff ensure that all children are happy and appropriately placed and we ensure our providers’ environments are healthy and safe. Educators are highly aware of the needs of working parents, and realize that an important part of their job is to make the parent feel comfortable leaving their child when they go off to work.

Family Child Care Educators exceed minimum licensing qualifications and participate in the state’s Quality Rating Improvement System. The majority of our Educators have earned their Child Development Associate credential and some have continued on to earn their Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor Degrees, and Masters Degrees.

For enrollment information contact or 978.281.2400.

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