Bethesda Friends Meeting

Children at BFM

Child Care and Religious Education for Children & Youth


Summer Program 

During the Summer, BFM schedules at least three of our paid caregivers for all our children in summer playground supervision.

  • Children of all ages (6 months through Grade 6) will be supervised in the playground, with indoor games if it is raining.  
  • In some cases, we might have to ask a parent of a child under age 3 to assist us if there are several youngsters who are not independently mobile or if the age group is very diverse. 
  • If your young child (3 and under) will be at BFM with you, please read more about our structure for summer playground supervision

School year program (Sept-early June)

Younger children (6 mo through pre-K) 

    • Child Care for ages 6 months-pre-K is available in the Child Care room (lower level in the Meetinghouse) during 11:00 a.m. worship except for some holiday weekends.  See our weekly Bulletin for current updates and information.  
    • Read more about care for your young children at BFM.       

    Older children (Grade K-8): Held during the school year

    •  First Day School (FDS) is our Religious Education for Children & Youth (grades K-8) held during the school year (Sept through early June), usually two Sundays a month, from 11:00 a.m. to noon.  When FDS is not in session, we provide playground supervision. Please see schedule details in our weekly bulletin. 
    • Read more about our First Day School (Quaker religious education) and care for our youth (grades K-8)

        Click here to fill out the FDS REGISTRATION FORM

        (grades K-8)

          youth safety policies and procedures  

          Youth Safety Policy (2021)

          Please use this link to view and download BFM's Youth Safety Policy (2021; pdf). 

          The policy was created to provide direction to the Meeting in the selection, hiring, and training of employees (or contract workers) and volunteers who are responsible for the supervision, guidance, and teaching of our children, as well as a committee structure to deal with concerns about child and youth safety. By implementing these practices, our goal is to protect the children and youth of Bethesda Friends Meeting from incidents of misconduct or inappropriate behavior.

          Youth Program Procedural Manual (2021

          The information in the Youth Program Procedural Manual (Nov 2021; pdf) reflects the revised Bethesda Friends Meeting (BFM) Youth Safety Policy (YSP) that was approved in April 2021. The Procedural Manual is designed for BFM youth workers who care for and teach BFM youth, ages 6 months to 18 years, and it incorporates procedures for the Child Care Program and First Day School Program.  

          • The manual contains useful information for parent(s)/guardian(s) and anyone interested in learning more about the BFM Child Care and Religious Education Programs.   
          • Besides being available on the BFM website, hard copies of both the Youth Safety Policy and the Youth Program Procedural Manual are available in the Meeting library

          Please take our Youth Safety Training 

          BFM’s Youth Safety Policy requires FDS teachers, paid childcare helpers, and anyone working more than 3 times a year with the children to undergo a background check, youth safety training, and a first aid course.  All of our FDS teachers and paid childcare helpers satisfy these requirements.  You can find more information about this policy here:

          • We strongly encourage everyone in our community to take the youth safety training  whether they expect to work directly with young Friends or not.  This will make us all familiar with the standards of appropriate conduct—including how to behave individually around our young Friends and when to report suspicious activity. 
          • To complete the online youth safety training, go to  and click on “login” in the middle panel.  You will then create a profile, take the training, and receive a certificate of completion.  Once you are logged in, choose the first option, “Mandated Reporter Training” to begin the online training.  It takes 30-45 minutes with a quiz at the end.  Then you will receive your certificate.  Finally, please send an email to stating you've completed the training. 
          • For more information about volunteering for childcare or about youth safety training, contact

          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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