Our Approach to Preschool and Infant and Toddler Programs
Get ready, set, have fun! Our classrooms and curriculum support children to learn through play. Preschool classrooms offer Head Start, and in many locations childcare and/or Public Pre-K services. Each classroom includes areas for dramatic play, writing, science, blocks, sensory experiences, manipulatives, art and library. Curriculum is designed using the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and State of Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines and is individualized for each child in all developmental areas. Children spend time outside each day on well-equipped playgrounds and have a time for rest each afternoon. Nutritious meals (breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack depending on program length) are provided to each child in a family style setting at no additional cost. Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s classrooms and participate in classroom programs, and activities. Our preschool classrooms are for children ages 3 to 5 yrs. (until kindergarten – eligible) and have up to 20 children enrolled with three teaching staff assigned to each group of children.
Infant and Toddler
Our infant and toddler programs are supported by caring staff and created to meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers. We provide multi-age groupings in our classrooms. We believe that mixed age groupings provide for continuity of care (maintaining relationships with their primary caregivers), more individualized curriculum and it feels more like a “natural” family. Our programs are designed to meet each child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development through a variety of planned activities and experiences. Approaches to feeding, napping and toileting are individualized according to the needs of each child. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s program and assist staff in planning activities for their child. Our infant and toddler classrooms are for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years and have eight children in each group with three caregivers. Early Head Start is offered to eligible families participating in our infant and toddler programs.