License # 159207
Welcome! I’m Ms. Bonnie and I have been teaching young children for almost 30 years! I have a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and have been accepted to teach preschool as part of the PreK Expansion initiative due to having a quality preschool program.
I am licensed with the Maryland State Department of Education. I have yearly inspections, myself and residents have FBI fingerprinting and background checks, the Fire Marshal does a biannual inspection, and I have current CPR, SIDS training, and a minimum of 12 hours of professional development training per year.
All licensed childcares have the choice to voluntarily increase their training and education, and the opportunity to participate in Maryland and national quality programs. I earned the 90 hour preschool certification given to teach preschool through Anne Arundel Community College, and take 24 hours of professional development per year. I also voluntarily participate in the following quality programs:
Maryland Credential – I have earned the highest rating possible in the Maryland Credential program, which recognizes individuals who increase their qualifications of training, education, years of experience, and professional activities above and beyond the requirements of state licensing and registration.
CDA – I have earned the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, which is a nationally recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE). The CDA is based on 8 competency standards that guide early childhood professionals toward becoming qualified educators of young children. CDAs have at least 120 hours of training, and show their knowledge of the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children in a written portfolio, a proctored exam, and in a verification visit where the candidate is observed and evaluated.
Maryland Excels – I participate in Maryland Excels, which is a quality rating and improvement system for child care and early education programs developed between Johns Hopkins School of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education. This is a voluntary program where caregivers choose to go above and beyond basic licensing requirements to prove commitment to developmentally appropriate practices, professional development, and administration policies, and to work towards accreditation. I am currently a level 3, working towards a level 5.
Accreditation – I am currently pursuing Accreditation, which offers national recognition to child care programs meeting the highest standards for early childcare and education. It encompasses a set of competencies in relationships, the environment, learning activities, safety and health, and business practices. There is a commitment to cultural competency and diversity. Accreditation occurs through self-study, application, and being observed, and it must be maintained.
I operate Wee People with a play based approach to learning with kindergarten-readiness as the goal. In-home childcare allows for low child to adult ratios. Your child receives more attention which is adapted to fit your child’s personal needs. Your child will have a unique blend of play and learning activities in a loving home with one main caregiver all the way through into school. Rates vary according to the ages of the child. The children are taught through play, games, songs, art, science, math, reading, gardening, and more. Meals and snacks are included.
It has been proven that the growth in a child’s brain the first five years is not only phenomenal, but also crucial. It is during this time that children develop fundamental learning skills, as well as social and emotional skills. The greatest learning takes place through fun and play – with songs, activities, laughter, and friends.
Mr Rodgers said:
“ Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Please note this is a home, as well as a daycare. Prospective parents must have an appointment for an interview. Thank you!