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.