The Harford County Living Business of the Week is, Best Buddies Learning Center LLC
As you know, one of our goals is to help local businesses in Harford County grow, which is why we constantly remind people and businesses to Support Local. Each week we feature a Business of the Week for you, so please visit these businesses and share their information. Your business may be Harford County Living’s Business of the Week in the future.
This week we are proud to feature Best Buddies Learning Center LLC. Here’s some information about Best Buddies Learning Center LLC taken from their website.
About Best Buddies Learning Center LLC:
Best Buddies now has two locations:
Joppa Day Care Center
Belcamp Home Day Care
We would like you to meet the owner, Barbie Bennett, who is also the regional director of Best Buddies. Barbie (Doud) was born and raised in Jarrettsville, right here in Harford County Maryland.
Through out her childhood Barbie was often told by many that it was her God given talent to care for children long before she realized this fact to be so true. Graduating from North Harford High School in 2003 with a Certificate of Merit specializing in Early Childhood Education; Barbie went on to marry her husband, Rob, and learned of the opportunity to be a day care provider when their 1st son was just one year old.
Barbie opened her first Day Care location in 2009 and quickly came to realize it was the best career decision she had ever made! She became Credentialed at a Level three by the Maryland State Credentialing Agency, a participate of the Maryland Child/Adult Food Program, and obtained her degree in Early Childhood Education! Above all, Barbie loves to use her knowledge from her education to partner with parents and help create a team effort in meeting the individual child’s needs and goal. She has also had the experience of coaching children through traumatic situations, such as losing a loved one and separation of parents. Barbie is also a regular attendee of Mountain Christian Church in Joppa where she volunteers in the two year old nursery as needed. Along with Barbie’s love of caring for children, she also enjoys taking pictures of children and sharing them with families.
Once Barbie got the Joppa center up and running, fully staffed she decided that her and her two boys missed Home Daycare so much that she reopened the Belcamp location just six moths after closing it.
Best Buddies Learning Center is blessed to have Ms. Tina Ford, Supervisor of Facilities, and Ms Kaitlin Sullivan, Director, who are in charge of running the Joppa location. Meanwhile Barbie runs the Belcamp location and checks in regularly with our Joppa employees.
In the future we look forward to expanding the home daycare location to a Large Family Home and also a possible expansion on the grounds of the Joppa location as well!
Thank you for your interest in Best Buddies Learning Center!