Bethesda Friends Meeting

Child Care for Infants through Pre-K

The Meeting House at Sidwell Friends Lower School is closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • We welcome visitors to join our online Zoom Quaker Meeting OR meet with us outdoors under tents on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus
  • Please go to this page to see our Sunday schedule and to register in advance for our outdoor worship.  
  • Children's activities: The registration page will give up-to-date information on whether playground supervision or other children's activities are available.  

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 an early childhood professional plus an adult volunteer. It has cribs and changing tables. There are a variety of toys as well as crayons, books, and play dough for different age levels. Snacks are water and Ritz or Graham crackers.

To join the Child Care Volunteer List, please use the Contact Us form.

More details about Child Care (pdf)
Youth/Child Care Safety Policy (2019)  (pdf)

Volunteer to help the Child Care Providers

There is a paid, professional child care provider in the Child Care Room each Sunday for children ages 6 mo up through pre-Kindergarten. 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 the following 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 (Kindergarten through Grade 6) children with playground supervision.
Fill out my online form.

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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