By Jimmy Liptrot ’14
With many BB&N teachers going on maternity and paternity leave, interest in an on-site day care facility has been building among the three campuses. A current proposal in discussion allows faculty to drop off their children during the school day at the lower level of the BB&N Administration Building on 46 Belmont Street.
“The day care would be open and available to any faculty or staff member at BB&N,” says Fifth Grade Teacher Jamie Scavone, who is one of the teachers working to develop the project. “The hours would be aligned with our schedule and the needs of the school population.”
The day care would be modeled after a parent cooperative center, where parents that use the day care manage all the finances and the logistics that come with the operations.
Ms. Scavone explains, “Having a day care that caters to the needs of only one central community allows for greater flexibility in all areas. The parents utilizing the center have the power to set the schedule for care, including extended hours to cover for special events. Without the worry of making it on time for pick-up, teachers can concentrate on helping their students, preparing for their lessons, and managing any other duties.”
Nearly every day care in the greater Boston area is oriented around parents with nine-to-five jobs and public school schedules, forcing BB&N teachers to struggle to balance teaching and with their families.
“I like the idea of a place close to school that is structured around my teaching life where I can check on my kids,” says History Teacher Amanda Jones, mother of two children.
Lower School Science teacher Caitlin Drechsler says, “Our schedule as teachers is much different [those of] other working parents.”
“An eight a.m. start to the school day makes it hard to drop off your kids at a day care because most day cares don’t start until eight,” explains English Teacher Allison Kornet, a mother of two young children.
“Having a day care here at BB&N would maximize the time we can spend with our kids while making the morning routine much easier for all of us,” says Ms. Kornet.
Ms. Scavone cites the sparse and expensive day cares in Cambridge as the reason she will leave her job at the end of this school year.
“Finding the right place for your child that accommodates your schedule is nearly impossible,” she says.
The proposed childcare facility would be open from seven to five, five days a week, eliminating most scheduling conflicts. This would also give teachers the opportunity to meet with students before and after school, times which teachers currently devote to transporting their children to and from day care.
“Students often want to meet after school when I am running out to get my own kids. If my kids were here, I would have that extra half hour to meet with students,” says Ms. Kornet.