Earlier this year, The Global Child, a southeastern CT based child care center, expanded into our area by acquiring Bethel’s Bee U Learning Center. I had the opportunity to speak with the owner, Virginia Brown about the center and hear ﬁrst hand about the wonderful childcare programs oﬀered at The Global Child/Bee U Learning. If you’re searching for daycare program for the ﬁrst time or looking to make a switch, read below to learn more about The Global Child/ Bee U Learning.
Ginny, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me! Can you share a bit about your background in education and why you decided to bring The Global Child to Bethel?
Yes, of course! I first became interested in early childhood at Providence College where I studied Elementary/ Special Education. I then worked in the public school system in Connecticut for 24 years as a Kindergarten Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Elementary Principal, and a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. My late husband and I founded The Global Child, LLC in 2011 in Stonington, CT, which was our first location. My youngest son was 4 years old and we wanted him to have a high quality early childhood school experience in a nurturing environment. My goal was always also, to expand and when the opportunity arose to acquire a second location, I was excited to bring The Global Child to Norwich. Most recently, as I looked to expand again, I met the former owner, and we immediately connected and I knew that Bethel would be the perfect place for our third location. We are excited to open our early childhood schools into Fairfield County!
In Bethel, you oﬀer child care from infancy to pre-K, can you tell us about what the program is like for the diﬀerent ages & stages?
Sure! Our schools are just that! Early childhood schools! At The Global Child we are focused on the whole child and truly understand because we are educators first and foremost, the developmental ages and stages of children. Our curriculum is developed to appropriately meet childrens’ social/ emotional and educational needs in a nurturing environment.
I noticed that you also oﬀer before and after school care. What school systems do you currently serve and what ages?
Currently children are bused from the two Bethel elementary schools. We have children K-2, but are licensed for students up to age 12 and in the past they have attended. Students are able to take buses to and from Berry and Rockwell Elementary Schools in Bethel.
The last year has been a crazy year for parents, teachers, and kids. I know you and your staﬀ have excellent COVID protocols in place. Can you share a bit about what you’re following?
Yes, this year has been challenging for certain for families, children and educators. I am so very proud of my staffs and their ability to adhere to the highest level of safety for the children by following the CT Office of Early Childhood regulations and protocols as well as the local health department for not only social distancing, class size, and interactions with others, but also the cleaning standards. All of my schools have always had very high standards for wellness and cleanliness so although we have certainly increased cleaning, we didn’t have to adjust too much. I am so proud of my staff who have been there for our children and families and have been committed to providing the families and children with a safe, consistent place for children to continue to learn and grow while families still work adjusting to the new normal. My staff has certainly gone above and beyond and have done it happily. The Global Child honestly has the BEST teachers and staff!
As a mom [Ginny is a mom to two teenage sons], you know how tough it is to make a decision about childcare. Can you share any advice for parents out there looking into daycares?
Yes! And, I have always been a working mom and for the most part a single working mom so I understand the importance of finding the right care and educational solutions for our most cherished children. We at, The Global Child, understand what an important decision this is for parents and we are here to help make this first school experience and transition as seamless as possible. We also understand those first few days may be difficult. We are dedicated to helping parents and children with acclimating to The Global Child/ BEE U Learning in a way that supports everyone’s emotional needs. We typically (unless for a reason, parents chose not to) develop transition plans with parents that supports allowing both parents and children to become comfortable and “ready’ for a successful start! Also, I think it is important that parents look for a school that has ways to communicate with parents on a regular basis and that provides parents with feedback about their children’s daily activities and progress. We use Tadpoles and our parents enjoy having this level of interaction and communication. Here is also a helpful link parents may want to consider when touring a potential school.
What is the best way to learn more and schedule a tour of The Global Child/Bee U Learning?
Please visit us on our website where you can submit an inquiry form and/or call us to schedule a tour!!!
With less than a ﬁve minute drive from I-84, The Global Child/Bee U Learning is located at 15 Park Lawn Drive in Bethel. Learn more by visiting http://globalchildschool.com/bee-u-learningcenter/. Contact Sue Canfield by phone at (203) 798-0015 to set up your tour today!
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