Child Care for Infants through Pre-K
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.
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.
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.
Summer Playground Supervision
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.
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.