Pine Forest, Inc.
Pine Forest Children’s Center, located in Burlington’s South End, is a mission driven non-profit organization operating for nearly 25 years and successfully providing high quality childcare to about 70 children and their families per year.
Our program serves children ages 6 weeks to 6 years in integrated settings. In the past 10 years, we’ve run a program called Supported Child Care (SCC), which allows us to work more effectively with high needs children and their families. As a result of SCC, our center has become a “place of last resort” for many children and families, who have been kicked out of other area programs, for behavioral issues. In PFCC’s 22 year history, we have never asked a child to leave. Rather, we wrap around the child and family and provide a higher level of services, to ensure success and so these children and families have a place they can utilize for child care services.
There continues to be a massive shortage of high quality child care in our community, especially for infants and toddlers, for children with higher needs of any age group, and for subsidized care. This is clearly evidenced by Child Care Resource research and our own experiences in long waiting lists and the number of calls we routinely get (5-10/week.) Parents can also attest to the difficulty they face in finding quality child care.