Boston Moms Guide to Drop-In Childcare

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Maybe you’re a realtor or a per diem nurse with unpredictable hours. Maybe you are a stay-at-home parent who needs a few hours to run errands, get to your doctor appointment, or just take a solo breather. Maybe your usual childcare provider unexpectedly cancels.

Here at Boston Moms Blog, we know how tricky it is to find spontaneous childcare. So we put together this guide of childcare providers that offer “drop-in” hours for parents. Each childcare provider has different specifications, costs, and options, but all offer flexible, drop-in childcare for your daytime coverage needs!

Bright Horizons :: Various Locations

Bright Horizons is a nationwide childcare center that offers safe, high-quality care as well as engaging, fun activities for your child when your regular caregiver is unavailable. Contact your closest center for availability and more information.


Little Discoveries Early Education Academy :: Abington and Brockton

Hourly drop-in childcare is available from Monday to Friday in two locations. Children will learn while they play! Enrollment and medical forms must be completed prior to participation.

The Drop Spot :: Bridgewater and East Bridgewater

This program is for ages 2-12. Families can choose their own schedule and come and go whenever they want! Walk-ins are based on availability. Come for some or all of the great, educational programs and get the socialization children need. Occasional date night evening hours are also available! Registration, enrollment form, and medical forms must be on file prior to participation.

The Drop Spot Junior :: East Bridgewater

The Drop Spot Junior caters to the under 2 crowd. Reservations are required, as there is a strict staff to child ratio. Registration, enrollment form, and medical forms must be on file prior to participation.

Playtime with Miss Linda Bolster :: Cohasset

This drop-off program is facilitated through the Cohasset Parks and Recreation department, but any nearby family can participate. Children ages 18 months through 6 years can be dropped off for playtime, arts and crafts, and more! Register the day before or the day of at 8:30 a.m.

Art Barn :: Weymouth

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to learn and grow through art and nature in this childcare program for children ages 20 months to 4 years. Make new friends while making art! Flexible schedules are available.

Massachusetts General Hospital Backup Child Care Center :: Boston

The Mass General backup childcare center provides emergency childcare for benefits-eligible employees of Mass General and Partners HealthCare, and Mass General patients who are unexpectedly without a caregiver for their children. Care is provided for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children up to 12 years old.

Auburndale Community Pre-School :: Newton

Auburndale Community Preschool offers flexible childcare/daycare, which is open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents pay only for the hours of daycare that are used.

KidsSports :: Stoughton

Parents who find themselves in need of only occasional care or have emergency situations can bring their children to KidsSports in Stoughton. KidsSports accepts children ages 2.9–5 for preschool or grades K-5 in an after-school program on an as-needed basis. To participate in the drop-off program, parents must establish a folder for their child. Drop-in care is usually available, but pre-registration is highly encouraged.

Priceless Moments :: North Attleboro

Priceless Moments has a licensed high-quality drop-in childcare program for children ages newborn–6 years old. Parents may schedule a minimum of four hours or as much as needed. Parents may sign up on the same day services are needed or schedule the services in advance. There are no registration fees; parents pay only for the services used. The enrollment process must be completed before participation.

Child Care Center, Inc. :: Westford

Child Care Center provides drop-in childcare, temporary care, and extra time on a space-available basis. Families new to the center must fulfill all enrollment requirements before their child may attend.

Mother’s Helpers :: Greater Boston

This nanny placement service specializes in flexible-need care. Register with an annual fee and have easy access to all your care needs.

Step By Step Learning Center :: Waltham

Once a child is enrolled at Step By Step Learning Center, drop-in childcare is offered when available. Children enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere while in a safe environment to make new friends!

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After an illustrious career in politics (including stints on Capitol Hill and on a presidential campaign) and then reinsurance (yeah, that was a career change), Emily decided to once again make a bold move and stay at home after her first daughter was born. Daughter number two came shortly thereafter, and when daughter number three made her debut it became an official girl tribe! The Fahle girls keep super busy and active exploring their beloved town of Scituate and all that Boston and the South Shore have to offer! Emily is currently experiencing getting along with an infant who believes mom is a Holstein, a preschooler who is smarter than her, and a 2-year-old who has drama in her veins. Emily never knew coffee and wine would be such an essential part of her day.