Bethesda Friends Meeting

Child Care for Infants through Pre-K

current (COVID-19) Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. via two venues 

  1. Indoors in the Meetinghouse at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
  2. Online via Zoom. 
    • Click here for more details and information about our weekly activities
    • Child Care for ages 6 months-pre-K will begin on Sunday, February 6th in the Child Care room (lower level in the Meetinghouse) during 11:00 a.m. worship.  See full guidelines here.   
    • First Day School will begin classes for K-8 on Sunday, February 6th for fully vaccinated children. (This follows Sidwell Friends School's vaccine guidelines that require vaccines for children ages 5 and up by early February.) 

     (The following is our "pre-Covid" information)

    Child Care (6 mo through pre-K)
    BFM offers child care in the Sidwell Friends Day Care room on the lower level of the Meetinghouse.

    • Every Sunday during the 11:00 am Meeting for Worship for preschool age children (ages 6 mo until Kindergarten age)
    • During the monthly Business Meeting and other special events (such as weddings and memorial services) for children ages 6 mo through 6th Grade.

    On Sundays, please bring your child directly to the Child Care Room before Meeting begins.
    The room opens at 10:40 am. Pickup is at 12:20 pm.

    The child care room is staffed by two adults: One is a paid early childhood professional. The second is either an adult volunteer who attends BFM or a second paid early childhood professional. The room has cribs and changing tables. There are a variety of toys as well as crayons, books, and play clay for different age levels. Snacks are water and pretzels or crackers (Ritz or Graham).

    More details about Child Care (pdf)

    Youth Safety Policy (2021)

    Please use this link to view and download BFM's Youth Safety Policy (2021; pdf). 

    The policy was created to provide direction to the Meeting in the selection, hiring, and training of
    employees (or contract workers) and volunteers who are responsible for the supervision, guidance, and teaching of our
    children, as well as a committee structure to deal with concerns about child and youth safety. By implementing these

    practices, our goal is to protect the children and youth of Bethesda Friends Meeting from incidents of
    misconduct or inappropriate behavior.

    Youth Program Procedural Manual 

    The information in the Youth Program Procedural Manual (Nov 2021; pdf) reflects the revised Bethesda Friends Meeting (BFM) Youth Safety Policy (YSP) that was approved in April 2021. The Procedural Manual is designed for BFM youth workers who care for and teach BFM youth, ages 6 months to 18 years, and it incorporates procedures for the Child Care Program and First Day School Program.  

    The manual contains useful information for parent(s)/guardian(s) and anyone interested in learning more about the BFM Child Care and Religious Education Programs.

    Besides being available on the BFM website, hard copies of both the Youth Safety Policy and the Youth Program Procedural Manual are available in the Meeting library

    Volunteer to help the Child Care Providers

    We appreciate when BFM attenders and members can join the paid, professional child care provider in the Child Care Room as a volunteer. If you've been attending BFM for 6 months or longer (or are a parent), you can volunteer as an assistant.

    Can you volunteer? Please fill out our "Contact Us" form.

    • Your name will be placed on the email request list, which is sent out once a month when volunteers are needed.
    • Feel free to indicate any future dates when you might be available to volunteer.
    • During the summer (after school ends when no First Day School program is held), and on holiday weekends, we combine our younger and older children (Kindergarten through Grade 6) with playground supervision.

    Bethesda Friends Meeting

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

    Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

    We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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