Children are born ready to learn and with tremendous potential. Starting at birth and continuing through the early years, young children need to be safe and need connections with engaged adults who cultivate nurturing relationships which ensure proper development. To realize their greatest promise for academic and lifetime success, young children need to be prepared for Kindergarten when they arrive at school.
Parents and families of all ages bear an incredible responsibility to raise another human being to achieve their greatest potential. Parents and families need knowledge, active help and encouragement, mentoring, and other helpful forms of support that build upon their innate parenting skills.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive, high-quality, and community-based early care and education services for young children. We closely partner with parents, building upon their innate parenting strengths, providing knowledge, active help and encouragement, mentoring and opportunities for community-based intergenerational support and learning experiences. We build collaborative relationships with others in our communities who impact the lives of young children and their families. We advocate for policies and resources to support young children and their families.
We envision a future in Downeast Maine where all children and their families are able to thrive through the support and encouragement of a strong web of parents, families, and other engaged adults. Parents are empowered to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Within our programs and with others we create a community environment in which families and children flourish.
We believe all children and their families deserve to thrive!