We have a laid-back atmosphere and the children enjoy our home as if it were theirs.
Welcome to Home Away from Home Family Daycare. I decided to open a daycare home after going through four baby sitters in a year and discovered that it was hard finding care for my daughter. "Baby sitters" aren't daycare providers. They are not very reliable or trained. I wanted to be someone parents could count on being there when they needed quality care for their children. In September 1983, I was open for business. I immediately joined the Baltimore County Family Daycare Association, the Maryland State Child Care Association and the Child Care Food Program. I am also a member of the Maryland Committee for Children, Child Locate (an organization that helps locate child care for families), aka Child Care Links. I also am a lifetime member of Red leaf Institute..
I am always continuing my education by attending workshops and seminars intended for childcare providers. These include topics on nutrition, food safety, health, curriculums, as well as business related topics. I have a certificate in Early Childhood Education and am currently working toward a degree.
Childcare Providers and everyone living in the home have to go through rigorous criminal background checks, fingerprinting, fire inspections, and health department inspections before receiving their licenses. Everyone living in the home must also have a physical. We are re inspected every year. Every two years requires a new application and a visit from a licensing specialist. We also have off year surprise visits from a licensing specialist. Food Program visits at least 3 times a year.
Fire inspections are done yearly. We must have a first aid kit that is kept well stocked. We must also have a substitute in case of an emergency. However, I have three substitutes. One of my substitutes is my mother-in-law, Irene (aka Granny), and the other is my daughter, Cara, who is an elementary school teacher. My husband, Eddie, is also a substitute. All have had background checks and fingerprinting done.
I keep in touch with many of my past daycare children and I have enjoyed watching them grow into young adults. I hope that your stay with us is an educational and uplifting experience.
Disclaimer: the license was verified when this listing was created. We do our best to keep information up-to-date, but cannot guarantee that it is. You should verify the license status before enrolling in any child care program.