Bethesda Friends Meeting

Child Care for Infants through Pre-K


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 about BFM Covid restrictions and information about our weekly activities and worship
    • Child Care for ages 6 months-pre-K is available in the Child Care room (lower level in the Meetinghouse).  during 11:00 a.m. worship.  See information and guidelines here.  
    • First Day School meets September through mid-June on the first and third Sundays during 11:00 a.m. worship for fully vaccinated teachers and children in grades K-8.  Please see the FDS schedule and guidelines in our weekly bulletin. 
    • During the summer, children K-6 have supervised play activities


      Child Care (6 mo through pre-K)
      Whenever we hold in-person Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m., BFM also offers child care in the Sidwell Friends Day Care room on the lower level of the Meetinghouse.

      • Child care is for ages 6 mo through pre-Kindergarten.
      • Child care can be requested for other in-person events (such as weddings or  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 by 12:20 pm.

      • Parents or caregivers must sign their children in and out of care.
      • If you are a first-time attender or visitor, please fill out our registration form when you sign in.
      • Masks are usually required on campus for ages two and up. Appropriate vaccinations are also required. 
      • Please see our current Covid policy in the weekly bulletin

      The child care room is staffed by two adults, usually two paid, early childhood professionals. On occasion the second adult might be a BFM volunteer.

      • 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)

      Summer Playground Supervision

      • During the summer and on Sundays when no First Day School program is being held for K-8, we combine our younger and older children (Kindergarten through Grade 6) with playground supervision. 
      • To attend, please sign in with the child care providers in the lower level of the Meetinghouse before worship begins. 

      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.

      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

      www.bethesdafriends.org
      301-986-8681
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