A community partnership promoting early learning experiences and strengthening families
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can come to Birth to Three?
B23 is a resource to all those who love, care for, and work with young children and families. Ipswich & Essex families have first priority for playgroups and classes.
Can I leave my child?
An adult (over 16 years old) must accompany the child/children for the entire time they are at B23. We are not licensed for child care.
Does a child graduate when they turn 4?
We provide programming from birth through transition to school. Siblings are always welcome.
How do I register?
Registration is necessary for many of our playgroups. The infant group, open play times, and summer programming is drop-in.
Registration is generally the last weeks of September, December, and March. There is no registration necessary for our summer programs. If a family from outside Ipswich or Essex is interested in joining a playgroup or class, their name will be placed on a waiting list during registration week. If there is an opening in the group, they will be called the Friday prior to the first class.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for participation in B23 regular programming for Ipswich & Essex families. It is suggested that out of town families donate $6 per class.
All participants are asked to please donate towards the cost of childcare for parent classes and workshops when we need a babysitter.
Occasionally there are special events for which there is a fee. Please let us know if that is a burden and we will gladly and discreetly make arrangements so that you can fully participate.
So, where does the money come from?
B23 is the recipient of the MA CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) Grant. This funds the majority of our expenses with the Ipswich Public Schools as the lead agency. Additionally, we do fund raising and pursue grants with the non profit 501.C3 “Ipswich Education Foundation.”
Is this a part of the Ipswich Schools?
The Ipswich Public Schools established B23 in 2000. They continue to provide leadership, in-kind support, and supervision. B23 is a part of the IPS early education team.
How do you support early childhood professionals?
The local ECE community (representatives from local schools, child care providers, family support agencies…) meets on the first Wednesday of each month for networking, peer professional development, and to coordinate and collaborate on special projects. B23 has curriculum boxes, StoryWalk signs, and teacher resources to lend. Please join us.
Can you recommend a program for my child?
B23 can give you information about local EEC (MA Department of Early Education and Care) licensed day cares, preschools, and family child care providers. Additionally, we have lots of resources about services and opportunities in our community. Please visit the resource links on our website.
What if I have a parenting question?
The B23 community of staff, friends, and families are happy to have a conversation with you regarding your child and you. We would be honored to work with you around strategies, tools, resources, and needs. Please reach out.
Do you do child evaluations?
We offer the ASQ, the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, a family friendly child development screening. B23 encourages each family to schedule a time (it takes about 20 minutes) to complete this together with our staff when you first register and regularly during your time with us. We periodically set aside program time to facilitate this. However, this is a screening tool, not an evaluation; it can help understand what your child is learning and by talking about it together we can help with the growth that comes next.
What if I my child needs extra support?
It is a part of our mission to assist families in getting what you might need. Please allow us to connect you to the local systems, agencies, and advocates so that you might understand and get all that you need for your child.
Can I volunteer?
Please contact the director if you are interested in helping with babysitting, administrative support, grant writing or doing any sort of internship.
What does Birth to Three need?
B23 appreciates all contributions of healthy snacks (crackers, fruit, yogurt, baby snack foods…), paper goods and green cleaning supplies (plates, small cups, trash bags, hand sanitizer, wipes…), craft supplies (washable paint, craft paper, ingredients for playdough…), and donations of diapers.
May I make a donation?
Birth to Three is always in need of monetary donations towards our operating costs. Thank you for any way you can help us.