Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha and Lauren Muise.
Samantha and Lauren, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My sister Lauren and I started a traditional child care program together in 2006.
Throughout the years, we dedicated our program to the homeless, foster and low-income families in our community. We worked hard to keep our prices low and our quality high. In 2016 a former parent and longtime friend of ours came to us. He was a single father working hard to provide a great life for his children. He had traveled to North Carolina for work and had seen the flexibility of programs they offer. He told me, “you are doing this wrong, they have the right idea.” He explained to us that in North Carolina parents did not pay for the entire week of child care, they paid for hours.
This gave families the flexibility to create their own schedule and save money on days they did not attend. As the daughters of a young, hard-working, single mother we knew the struggle that families often face finding affordable care for their children so they can go to work. Lauren and I began to think about all the ways that more flexibility could help all the families we had worked with throughout the years. Over the next year, Lauren and I worked hard to create a model for a program that would fit Massachusetts’ high standards for quality and safety and give more flexibility to all families.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I do not believe that creating real change is ever easy. From the very beginning, it was obvious by the public response to our program, that it could be successful if done correctly, but it would take hard work and determination. With any child care program, the biggest hurdle is always trusted from the community and building a great reputation.
This is why Lauren and I take every opportunity to get out in the community, attend events and talk to people about the program and what we are doing. I believe that when they meet us they understand our passion for change. There are ups and downs to any new business and this one is no different. We work long hours and sacrifice time with family and friends, but we truly believe that we are doing something incredible.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Drop Spot – what should we know?
At The Drop Spot, we offer flexible childcare solutions. Families purchase packages of hours and use them as they choose. Families in Massachusetts spend an average of $1800 per year paying childcare for days they do not use (sick days, holidays, vacations etc). Families that work a rotating schedule such as Firefighters, police, retail, and nurses spend even more to secure five days of care that they do not necessarily need.
The Drop Spot offers a real-life solution to this problem. I think what sets our program apart from traditional child care is the parent’s ability to choose the schedule that works for them. I am proud to be offering relief to families in Massachusetts on one of their biggest bills.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
It is certainly difficult to choose just one proud moment, but the one that comes to mind is the night we made our new partnership with another great local child care program. In March, Jessica Moscardelli of Little Discoveries Early Learning Academy will open The Drop Spot Jr.
This program will be The Drop Spot’s second location and will cater primarily to the under 2 population. At The Drop Spot Junior families will be able to have the ability to attend full-time or on a flexible basis. Whatever their needs, families can rest assured that Jessica’s high standards for quality and safety will be reflected throughout the program.
- $5/hour per child
- $15/ hour family cap
- Address: 27 Perkins Street Bridgewater, MA 02324
- Website: www.thedropspotkids.com
- Phone: 5088070442
- Email: DROSPOTCARE@GMAIL.COM
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedropspotcare/