Mahmuda Siddika “happily” opening Happy Kinder Care in Woburn
Woburn, MA – Mahmuda Siddika’s love for children is contagious. The mother of two, who moved to Massachusetts from Bangladesh fourteen years ago, says caring for children is her passion—and an opportunity to create a brighter future for her entire community.
“When kids are born, they are like sponges,” say Mahmuda. “What they learn when they are little will shape their whole lives.”
So when Mahmuda and her husband began growing their own family, the small-business owner decided to sell her successful convenience store and stay home with her children. “I didn’t want to miss those years with my kids,” Mahmuda explains. “If I was so focused on my business, I wouldn’t have had time to teach and nurture them. It was important for me and my family.”
Now that her children are ages two and five, Mahmuda says she is ready to launch another business—this time, a child care program in her own home. Happy Kinder Care, which will open in Woburn, MA, this summer will draw on Mahmuda’s love for kids, her desire to support children during their formative years, and her interest in giving back to her community.
“When I first met Mahmuda at a children’s birthday party, I was instantly impressed with how much she knew about child care,” says Bini Biswas, Mahmuda’s neighbor. “I am a first-time mom, and whenever I need help, Mahmuda is there. I have learned so much from her.”
As Mahmuda prepares to begin accepting children—ages three months to five years—this summer, she is working with NeighborSchools to complete the final requirements for her Family Child Care (FCC) license, issued by the Massachusetts’ Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). As a NeighborSchools Provider, Mahmuda receives support in navigating the FCC licensing process, which includes trainings on childhood development and safety; a thorough home inspection and three-part background check; and up-to-date pediatric CPR & First Aid certificates. To learn more about licensing requirements, visit the EEC’s website.
“With kids, every day is different,” says Mahmuda, who explains that her child care program will be structured around a variety of games and activities that promote physical, artistic, and social development. “We will play outside, visit local museums—whatever the kids like and will help they grow and learn. I want them to develop their bodies and minds, while also having fun.”
So, what is Mahmuda most looking forward to as she prepares to launch her new business? “When I think about my own childhood, I realize how I was shaped when I was young and how my early experiences are still a part of me. I want to create those same opportunities for the kids in my neighborhood. If I can help a few children and set them up for future success—that is all I want.”
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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.