Machias Center

Flaherty Early Care & Education Center


Center Coordinator: Diane Briggs

Flaherty ECEC
116 O’Brien Avenue
Machias, ME 04654

Service Area: Machias, East Machias, Whiting, Cutler, Machiasport , Bucks Harbor, Whitneyville, Edmonds, Meddybumps, Cooper and surrounding communities

Enrollment: 1 Preschool classroom of 18 children, 3 and 4 year olds, Child Care, Head Start/Child Care and Head Start. (School Age Child Care for children up to 8 years old is available as space allows.)

1 Infant/Toddler classroom of 8 Children, 6 weeks to 3 years old, Child Care and Early Head Start/Child Care

We actively encourage and facilitate participation of children of all abilities and their families. Our staff is trained in working with children with disabilities and local service providers to ensure that all children’s individual needs are met.

Calendar: Open all year for Child Care, Head Start/Child Care and Early Head Start/Child Care; September – May for Head Start, 4 mornings per week

Schedule: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Child Care, Head Start/Child Care and Early Head Start/Child Care; 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for Head Start

Meals: Healthy breakfast and lunch served in the classroom family style, with teachers and children eating together; meals provided at no cost to parents.

Fees: Children enrolled in our Head Start program attend at no cost.

To assist families in paying for child care, we accept State of Maine child care subsidies including Voucher, ASPIRE, and Transitional Child Care (TCC). We also have a sliding fee and an in-house subsidy for eligible families. Call our enrollment office to get answers to all of your questions about subsidies and fees.

Transportation: While CFO does not provide transportation to any of the Head Start programs, we do have some funds available to assist Head Start eligible families with the cost of transportation.

Directions: (Located at the University of Maine at Machias) Take Route 1 North to Machias. Turn right onto O’Brien Ave (the UMM campus) and stay straight on this road until the end. The center is set back on the right hand side of the road.

Summer Fun!

Preschooler Winter Kids

Flaherty Early Care and Education Center put on a Winter Kids event. The Winter Kids program challenges teachers to plan activities, both inside and out, that encourage kids to have fun and be active.

Infant-Toddler Winter Kids

Some parents and friends visit the Flaherty Infant-Toddler program to spend time playing with their little ones.

Pilot Program for Preschoolers

Flaherty Early Care and Education Center is part of a small cohort of preschool classrooms participating in a pilot program that is exploring the educational use of technology for young children. Here, preschool teacher and family advocate, Jamie Marshall, practices using a tablet in a small group setting of preschoolers.

Learning technology

Caring Hands of Maine

Child and Family Opportunities works with families, children, and the community to ensure that the needs of the whole child are met. Here, Caring Hands of Maine works with toddlers and preschoolers at our Flaherty Early Care and Education Center to help keep teeth healthy. Thanks Caring Hands of Maine!

Little Scarecrows

Look at these scarecrows that toddlers and preschoolers made! Thanks parents for brought in the clothing for them.

A is for Apple Cider

October 14th was a great day for learning how to press apples to make apple cider. It was also a good day for tasting. Yum!

So Much Building Going On!

What do you do when there’s lots of building going on? You make it a teachable moment! Children watch the construction machines and discuss what they’re seeing with our wonderful teaching staff.