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Children's Garden at the VNA

120 Thomas Street
01608 Worcester, MA
Phone Number: 
(508) 751-6985
Open: 
Year round.
Hours: 
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Year Founded: 
1989
Contact: 
Ms. Patricia Hare
Director

VNA Care Network supports families by providing childcare in a safe, relaxed, and creative environment. Our staff help each child move through the unique learning process of developmental stages, responding to the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth of the individual child.  We do not accept vouchers nor do we have a sliding scale.

Agency Information
Infant Rates: 
Please call for rates
Infant Openings: 
No
Toddler Rates: 
Please call for rates
Toddler Openings: 
No
Preschool Rates: 
Please call for rates
Preschool Openings: 
Yes
School Age Openings: 
n/a
NAEYC Accredidation: 
No
Teacher to Child Ratio: 
  • 1/3 infants
  •  2/9 toddlers
  • 1/10 preschool            

We also have a “Float teacher” who is available to help out wherever she’s needed

Childcare Agency of the Month Questions
Introduction: 

Early Childhood Central's Child Care Agency of the Month for April is The Children's Garden at the VNA.  We spoke with Pat Hare, Director, to learn more about her Child Care Agency that has flexible scheduling to meet busy parent's needs.

What do you want the children in your care to gain while in your program?: 

We want each child to gain a sense of independence and self-confidence while learning to make friends and to feel safe and nurtured during the hours spent away from their families.

What sets your Agency apart from the other area Agencies?: 

The Children’s Garden offers flexible scheduling and provides care for children 52 weeks a year by an educated and caring staff. We are located in the Visiting Nurses building so we have nurses available to us should a child become sick or injured any time during the day. This is comforting to parents as well as the Center Director!

Do you have the resources to accept special needs children?: 

Yes.  We have a ramp that leads into the Center which makes it accessible to everyone. We have the resources to support most children with special needs.

What is your Agency’s educational philosophy?: 

The Children’s Garden staff nurtures and guides each child as s/he reaches developmental milestones. Our program is designed to help children reach their maximum potential in all areas. We offer lots of choices for children within a structured setting.

Have you had an “aha” moment with a child and/or a surprising result from the use of a classroom activity?: 

There are too many AHA moments to mention! We experience them each and every day!

Is there anything else about your Agency that you would like to be mentioned?: 

The Children’s Garden does not accept vouchers or subsidies.  Please call 508-751-6985 to arrange a tour or for more information