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SKCDC operates Early Care and Education programs in Southern Kennebec County. Each program provides comprehensive early education, health, nutrition, and family services to enrolled children and their families.  We believe children learn through play.  We encourage children to explore the world at their own pace, with the loving support and guidance of parents and teachers. Our programs offer a child-centered curriculum which reflects the lives and interests of children and families.  Teachers work together with families to provide activities and materials that reflect family backgrounds and cultures and are designed to foster the healthy development of self esteem, social, physical, and intellectual skills, as well as skills of effective communication. We recognize and respect the individuality of each child and family, and we strive to provide a learning environment within which each child and family can feel successful.

All programs are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and include all areas of growth: physical, language, social, emotional, and cognitive.

Our Early Care and Education Programs are designed to provide quality education and care for each enrolled child aged 6 weeks to 5 years.

SKCDC Child Care Centers are licensed and hold Step 4 Certificates of Quality by the State of Maine, Department of Health and Human Services.

Quality Learning Environments

Our classrooms reflect total learning environments for children.  Every classroom holds a variety of fine and gross motor activities, language and literacy activities designed for readers and pre-readers, creative arts and opportunities for a child’s imagination to be engaged and expanded.  Our Teachers have Associate Degrees or Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Early Childhood Education.

Health and Safety

We believe that a child’s health effects a child’s learning so staff work to ensure that children receive well child check-ups, dental check-ups, and height and weight assessments.

Good Nutrition Supports Children's Learning

Nutritious meals and snacks are included in all of our programs.  All programs participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Meals are served family style with caregivers and children coming together at meal time for conversation and quality time.  Promoting healthy nutrition habits and allowing children to experience new foods are important aspects of our nutrition program.

Parents are Respected as Primary Teachers of Their Children

Parent involvement is one of the cornerstones of our program. Parents report a sense of belonging and an appreciation for having the opportunity for meaningful involvement at all levels of their child’s program.  Parents are invited to participate in training programs, as volunteers in their child’s day to day program, on governing bodies, and as active partners in curriculum planning.