Hello. My name is Abby Hodgkins, also known as Miss Abby, and I'm GBLB's owner and director. With the knowledge acquired from my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a few business courses, I opened the doors to GBLB in 2004. I also hold certifications through the Department of Early Education and Care of Massachusetts as Director 2, Lead Preschool and Lead Infant/Toddler teacher. I have been excitedly involved in the field of child care since 1996, and gained some of my hands-on knowledge from a prior teaching position of 6 years at a private child care center in Hamilton. I have a wonderful husband, Ben, who often is our center's handi-man as well as an occasional teachers assistant on some late afternoon hours. We have two children of our own, who also attend GBLB. Henry is 4 and Harrison is 2, and they proudly are the fifth generation living in our Hamilton home. GBLB is an extension of our family and we treat each and every child as such.
The GBLB staff are all highly qualified professionals in the child care field. Most of the staff hold degrees or courses towards the field of Early Childhood Education. All of the staff are certified through the Department of Early Education and Care as being teacher qualified in either or both Infant/Toddler and/or Preschool. All staff participate in Background Record Checks consisting of a Criminal Offenders Record Investigation, a Department of Children and Families check, a professional and personal reference check, as well as first and second interviews with both myself and fellow staff members. GBLB boasts an attentive staff who's main priority is safety in regards to your child's day. All staff maintain and submit to the Director an extensive curriculum which focuses on learning through play, language arts, math, science, history, the arts, music and physical activity. Daily notes will be sent home, written in a journal, or posted on the parent boards daily or weekly, and of course we all invite parents to speak with the staff upon drop-off, pick-up, or via phone, text, or email. Thank you for entrusting your "most prize possession" in our care!