Circle Child Care is devoted to being the next best thing to home. We offer care for children ages 3 months to 12 years from 6:30am - 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, as well as diapers for those in need. Designed by veteran childcare experts and providers Marley Taylor and Hedy Graybill with combined experience of over 40 years, our programming is designed to accommodate the wide variety of needs and abilities, manner of learning and interests of young children. The day's schedule balances group activity and individual activity, directed activity and free play, indoor and outdoor time, and active and quiet time.
Goals of the toddler program include self-care skills such as feeding, dressing, washing and communication. Toddlers are not required to be toilet trained and the center provides generic disposable diapers. For children in the process of toilet training, we ask that they be dressed in clothing that is easy for them to take off and put back on. The child's individual schedule is adhered to as much as possible in order to make the transition to a group schedule gradual and natural.
The practice of sharing is a basic goal for young children and blends with a growing awareness of the surroundings - of others and of the environment - through imitation and pretending. Our aim is to guide and reassure the independent toddler in his/her own discovery.
The preschool program seeks to foster the desire to explore and succeed in the children, rather than to convey specific material. It is our purpose to provide a safe, orderly and stimulating environment geared toward the development of each child. Above all, we want the children to develop a sense of confidence that will serve them as they progress toward more directive and structured environments.
The classroom is organized into areas such as housekeeping, blocks and wheels, art, games and puzzles, and books and listening. Projects are intended to explore the materials and principals of our world. Games are designed to develop the skills of learning such as memory, discrimination, patterning, problem solving, language and listening. Other skills we encourage are co-ordination, social strategies, and self-control and decision making.
Circle Child Care is devoted to being the next best thing to home. We offer care for children ages 3 months to 12 years from 6:30am - 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, as well as diapers for those in need.
We attend to each child's safety and comfort, as well as the development of social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative competencies. Our rates are determined by age and schedule. State scholarship payments are credited when received. Rates will be adjusted each year reflecting the US Department of Health & Human Services poverty guidelines. Tuition is also paid each Monday for the week in advance. Clients without state assistance may apply for a discount.
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Marley Taylor is a long time resident of Pittsfield. She was director at Pittsfield’s Blueberry Express Day Care Center from 1982 to 2008. With the help of her late husband, Robert, she opened Circle Child Care in Epsom in March 2009 in order to be able to work with her daughter Hedy. Her younger daughter, Jody, moved to Tampa where she is a freelance graphic designer. Jody came in especially handy with the day care’s website and visits home frequently. Marley, now in her 60’s, is enjoying spending her days with babies. An inveterate do-it-yourselfer, this project has been the most ambitious. She is prone to say “It seemed so simple at the time”.
Hedy Graybill was born and raised in Pittsfield, attended Pittsfield High School and began her career in early childhood long before she was employed after school at Blueberry express. She continued the profession at Merrimack Valley Dare Care Services in Concord, while furthering her education in early childhood at local colleges. She joined the family in Epsom in 2009. “It’s more fun to be able to talk with Mom when we now know the same kids.” Her son now joins her in the extended day care family.