Meet The Owner
Mary Breen, BSW, QMHP-T
I have been babysitting for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a large Italian family, I became the designated babysitter and was often asked to look after my cousins. Throughout high school I babysat and honed my nurturing caregiving style. I used various networking methods to build my reputation and developed returning clients AND client referrals. We are growing faster than I could have ever imagined. With over 20 years of professional experience, I welcome the opportunity to discuss your childcare needs.
As the Owner & Founder, and Per Diem Elite Care Provider, I provide a comprehensive and customizable experience for parents, while welcoming children of all ages. We guarantee caring for your children as as our own. Contact us today to learn more about our services and qualifications.
While working this position, I gained valuable experience guiding young children so they reached their milestones. I became a trusted and integral part of each family and am actually still in touch with many of the children and families I previously took care of. Hearing from them and knowing I have affected their lives fills me with pride. I would estimate that I worked for approximately 80% of current client-families as their primary nanny or designated sitter prior to becoming a business owner.
I was the recipient of the of Saint Joseph’s Strength’Perspective Award in 2013 for social work practice focused on collaborating with client systems; helping to discover and embellish, explore and utilize strengths and resources. Additionally, I have experience in various roles ranging from the public school system, mentoring, crisis work, in-home caregiving, case management, to life coaching, program management, and my current role as Regional Program Manager. I am in the process of writing a book and will provide the information once it is published as it is related to child welfare. I have extensive experience in the following:
Child Protective Services
Mary's Child and Pet Care, LLC of Virginia
Provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children.
Provide quality care for up to five children of various ages.
Over 20 years of child care experience has led to various pet sitting positions; testimonials available upon request.
Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate direct reports, and provide mentorship.
Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
Read to and regulate children's rest periods.
Assign work schedules, following family requests, to ensure quality and timely delivery of service.
Child Care Professional
Supervised and monitored the safety of children
Supported emotional and social development and encouraged understanding of others and positive self-concepts
Regulated children's rest periods
Helped children practice good hygiene and assisted with homework
Observed children's behavior for irregularities and administered medications when needed to maintain children's health and well-being
Organized and conducted age-appropriate recreational activities such as games, sports and art projects
Communicated with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues
Prepared and served nutritionally balanced meals
Program Manager/Senior Life Skills Coach
Led mandatory staff meetings as well as all scheduled in-service and other required trainings.
Developed monthly schedule for evening and overnight support staff.
Preparatory counseling with youth and families for placement or discharge.
Worked flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed while maintaining on-call duties 24/7.
Provided supportive service necessary for ensuring the safety of residents and promoting support for Support Staff.
Maintained therapeutic relationships with appropriate boundaries with all youth.
Recruited and hires staff members.
Took primary responsibility for decisions made during the shift.
Informed co-workers of concerns and issues related to meeting program expectations and/or resident needs during shift.
Transported and accompanies youth to court hearings, presenting to judge if appropriate and communicating with CASA team members as needed.
Attended Family Partnership Meetings (FPM) as needed.
Program wide recognition from Independent Living Director, LCSW, for “perfect chart reviews” as it relates to state licensing.
Life Skills Coach/Caseworker
Facilitated person-centered planning and Transitional Living Service Plan
Assisted youth/young adults in acquiring access to community resources
Supported individuals with mental health diagnoses as it relates to their goal progression
Submitted monthly and quarterly reports to the referring worker of the placing agency
Presented cases before the Family Assessment & Planning Team (FAPT)
Collaborated with social workers and other relevant parties
Met regularly with youth/young adults regarding life skills academy
Collected, recorded and submitted weekly documentation updates to social workers
Coached young adults in daily living, money management, employment, and other target areas
Responded to youth/young adults after-hours
Maintained confidentiality relating to all treatment and forms of communication
Promoted to Senior Life Skills Coach/Program Manager
Evening Support Counselor
Served as a positive role model for socially effective values, attitudes and behaviors
Utilized excellent interpersonal communication skills to proactively gain cooperation and resolve conflict and various crises
Consistently executed fair, firm and compassionate use of behavioral system
Provided transportation to places of employment, outings, and appointments
Promoted to Life Skills Coach
Conducted home visitations to ensure client can remain safe in the community
Maintained client records daily, reviewed case notes and documented client progress
Collaborated with other professionals to evaluate patient's cognitive and physical condition and arranged for respite at caregiver’s request
Provided emotional support to clients and families coping with diagnoses such as Dementia,Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer's Disease and other mental health diagnoses
Conducted unannounced home visits to verify client safety and report findings to Adult Protective Service worker
Counseled callers on the Veteran's Crisis Line, National Suicide Prevention Line and Hope line
Provided crisis intervention, assessed for safety and initiated active rescues when appropriate
Triaged statewide Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service (EMPS) calls for children and youth
Referred callers to community agencies, programs and services to meet their basic needs
Researched requests for information, advocated for callers dealing with complex social problems and followed up to ensure service efficacy
Conducted the intake process and documented information in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Responded to calls regarding allegations of child abuse/neglect and made reports to the Department of Children and Families when appropriate
Operated telephone switchboard to answer, screen, or forward calls, providing information, taking messages, or scheduling appointments
Greeted persons entering establishment, determine nature and purpose of visit, and direct or escort them to specific destinations
Interviewed patients to complete documents, case histories, or forms, such as intake or insurance forms
Provided information about establishment, such as location of departments or offices, employees within the organization, or services provided
Received payment and record receipts for services
Performed various clerical or administrative functions, such as ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies.
Scheduled appointments and maintain and update appointment calendars
Kept a current record of staff members' whereabouts and availability
Master's in Social Work (In Progress)
January 2018 to May 2018
Bachelor's in Social Work
Strengths Perspective Award
For social work practice focused on collaborating with client systems; helping to discover and embellish, explore and utilize strengths and resources