Our Children's Place Early Care & Education Center provides comprehensive early care and education services for children from six weeks old through age five. Our fully licensed facility accommodates a maximum of 53 children in one of five developmentally appropriate classrooms with a low child/teacher ratio. This intimate environment enables our skilled early education teachers to provide highly individualized attention. Great care is taken to foster a child’s unique strengths or interests and focus on areas that need further development.
Our program is proud to have earned NAEYC Accreditation (National Association for the Education of Young Children), a national standard of quality for early childhood education programs.
The Children’s Place promotes, nurtures, and enhances each child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Basic to our purpose is the strong belief that all children are individuals of equal worth and value who come to the program at their own developmental level, bringing with them a unique mixture of family background, culture, personality, and learning styles.
We know children are naturally curious, eager to learn, and motivated by their own desires to make sense of the world. We believe that a rich learning environment is essential in supporting the child’s growth and development. Concrete and sensory materials are a vital part of this environment.
We believe that children learn from one another. We know that the growth of initiative and self-reliance is encouraged in an atmosphere of safety, trust, and structured freedom. Modeled in the classroom, the concepts of respect, responsibility, and growth through personal achievement develop positive lifelong attitudes toward learning.
We value and practice proven methods of early childhood education, gearing materials and instruction to the child’s level, encouraging choices and decision-making and supporting problem-solving, because they develop each child’s future educational growth.
The Children’s Place holds both the NAEYC Accreditation and The Maine Quality Seal level four certification.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age eight. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.
Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 90,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
Quality for ME is a four-step program designed to increase awareness of the basic standards of early care and education, to recognize and support providers who are providing care above and beyond those standards, and to educate the community of the benefits of higher quality care.
Quality for ME has three goals:
A Maine taxpayer who enrolls a child in a child care center or home with a quality certificate is eligible for a double childcare tax credit on their state income tax return. Click here for more info.
We use Developmentally Appropriate Practice as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and guided by the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines and Supporting Maine's Infants and Toddlers for Learning Development. Read more about our curriculum here.
The Children’s Place has five developmentally appropriate classrooms:
Year-round, Monday through Friday
6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Children’s Place is closed:
We also close at noon the day before Thanksgiving and on Christmas Eve. You will be responsible for paying for the days contracted, including holidays and days your child is absent.
For additional information on The Children’s Place, including enrollment and tuition information, please email Mandi Howard, call her at 207-877-2258 or 207-873-4253 or fill out our enrollment inquiry form. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about our program and schedule a time for you to visit our classrooms.