“A True Community” Celebrating Catholic Charities Boston’s Childcare Teachers
Part 4 of our Teacher Appreciation Series. We celebrate the positive and powerful impact Catholic Charities’ teachers have, in the classroom and beyond.
Behind every successful childcare program at Catholic Charities Boston is a team of hardworking, humble people who all too often go without recognition. They are most commonly referred to as teachers, but they are also mentors, role models, and innovators, constantly finding new ways to support and empower the young children they work with.
Catholic Charities Boston is proud of the strong childcare program it has built, with 1,200 children enrolled in centers located in Peabody, Lynn, Malden, South Boston, and Dorchester, as well as family-based locations west of Boston and in the North Shore.
Each of these centers offers an affordable, flexible childcare service that is open to children from approximately two months to seven years of age. The Peabody Childcare Center is unique in also offering an after-school program for children between the age of five and thirteen. Regardless of the demographic, these centers are built on the belief that learning is happening at all times—in the classroom and beyond. Catholic Charities’ educators strive to promote the innate curiosity and creativity of each child they work with, channeling their imaginations into thought-provoking projects, arts and crafts, recreational activities, and educational field trips.
“Thank you so much for all that you do in helping and teaching our daughter to grow,” said one parent, in a note to teachers at the Malden Early Education and Learning Program. “She is always so excited to go to daycare each and every day. We are beyond thankful for all that you do.”
“Thank you for being a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for our children,” wrote another. “This is a true community.”
The teachers who run Catholic Charities childcare programs firmly believe in their capacity to make a difference in the life of each child they work with; children are encouraged to be themselves, to explore their unique interests and skills, and to celebrate what makes them different.
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, Catholic Charities’ childcare programs offer a research-based curriculum designed to nurture social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
“Every morning we see children of all ages coming into our programs excited to see their teachers and ready to learn,” said Diana Makhlouf, Divisional Director of Catholic Charities Childcare. “That passion for learning is fostered by our staff, who truly enjoy watching children learn and grow at any age.”