Jocie ‘Meets Kids Where They Are’ at Little Heavenly Moments Daycare
Taunton, MA – Comforting a sick child at a doctor’s office may seem like a daunting task, but it’s all in a day’s work for Jocie Rodriguez. In fact, the Taunton mother of two, who has worked as a medical assistant for thirteen years—with four years focused specifically in pediatrics—says it’s one of her favorite parts of the job.
“I love taking care of people,” Jocie says. “With children, it’s just a matter of getting on their level, letting them know that you understand how they feel and that they are safe.”
Now Jocie is taking those experiences in professional and personal care giving and opening Little Heavenly Moments Daycare this fall.
“I’m not opening a doctor’s office,” Jocie laughs, “but my medical experience informs a lot of my child care philosophy, and I am very familiar with the challenges faced by young children. I want the children in my program—and their parents—to know they are safe and nurtured.”
Little Heavenly Moments Daycare will offer children a balance of learning and play, with lots of opportunities for exploring and growing. “Education is so important to me, so learning will be a part of everything we do,” Jocie says. “We’re going to have a reading area, an arts and crafts center, and space for circle time and show and tell. And we’ll spend lots of the day playing outdoors,” she explains, referring to the large backyard behind her new colonial-style home.
As a NeighborSchools Provider, Jocie has a team of child care and FCC experts helping her secure her license (Family Child Care Providers are licensed through Massachusetts’s Department of Early Education and Care), design her program, market her services, and manage her business systems. That team will continue to support Little Heavenly Moments Daycare as Jocie settles into her new role and welcomes families to the program. “I can’t even explain what a relief it has been to work with NeighborSchools,” Jocie says. “They’ve taken care of all the logistics of setting up my business and supporting me each step of the way. It’s so amazing to know I have a team in my corner.”
With NeighborSchools’ help, Jocie is fulfilling a life-long dream of running her own business. “I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and once I started working in pediatrics, I knew I wanted to do something that helped children,” she says. “This is such a wonderful opportunity, and I hope I am setting an example for my daughters and other young women.”
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NeighborSchools partners with experienced educators to launch world-class licensed Family Child Care programs. In supporting the creation of more small-scale child care programs, NeighborSchools helps increase access to high-quality programs. Children benefit from lower ratios, greater continuity of care, and a nurturing home environment. Parents can discover and build a relationship with a Provider located right in their neighborhood. Providers get to launch the program of their dreams and earn a living wage, while working hands-on with young children every day.