The Children’s Center has our oldest and largest program located in Augusta, Maine. The center has been around for over fifty years and provides center-based services to about 75 children as well as case management services to approximately 125 children. The program also provides the most variety of services in one location, including child care, special education, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, autism program, behavioral support program, targeted case management, and caregiver education series.
The Children’s Center in Augusta is an inclusive child care and preschool education setting. The child care rooms embed preschool programming throughout the day. Each classroom focuses upon all areas of development: cognitive, language, communication, fine and large motor, activities of daily living, emotional growth, and sensory play. Children will learn through daily developmentally appropriate opportunities to explore, create, manipulate, and experiment. Progress will be monitored through daily observation and data collection to ensure each child’s success.
1 Alden Avenue,
Augusta, ME 04330
Toll Free: (800) 894-6264
Fax: (207) 621-6211
Each large, sunny classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials. The Children’s Center is licensed as a child care facility by the Department of Health and Human Services, and is an approved provider for Child Development Services (CDS). All children attending the Children’s Center will have access to the Center’s beautiful, fully accessible playground.
Child Care hours are: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Specialized Service hours are: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Seedlings environment offers a first classroom experience for children 6 weeks to 18 months old. Children’s individual schedules will be followed as they learn about the world around them. Staff will strengthen family attachments while encouraging children to interact and trust other adults and children in the classroom. Activities will foster strong and healthy bodies, encourage curiosity, enhance effective communication, and promote positive social interactions. The rate for this classroom is $185.00 a week.
Growing Sprouts allows children who are 18 months to 3 1/2 years old to learn through play and to work on developmental goals set for each child on an individual basis. Goals include social skills (sharing and understanding emotions), cognitive skills (recognizing shapes, colors and problem solving), motor skills (running, climbing, cutting, writing), building independence and developing self-help skills. Sensory play, movement, finger play, and songs are embedded into daily activities. The rate for this classroom is $165.00 a week
Bursting Blossoms prepares children ages 3 ½ to 5 for the transition to kindergarten. The curriculum focuses upon pre-kindergarten skills as well as continuing work on individual goals. The rate for this classroom is $150.00 a week.
The Sunflower room offers a structured curriculum that is focused on a child’s individual IEP goals. Services take place in a classroom with a maximum number of 3 children each assigned to an Education technician. The program is overseen by 282 Special Education teacher. As appropriate, opportunities are provided for a child to visit in our inclusive classrooms. The Sunflower room is most commonly used as a transitional placement to another Special Purpose or LRE program.
Busy Bees offers a specialized program with a highly structured curriculum and a higher teacher to student ratio than the preschool classrooms. This setting promotes the acquisition of increased independence, positive social skills, extended cognitive skills, and enhanced emotional regulation.
Hummingbirds offers a highly structured curriculum and a higher teacher to student ratio than the preschool classrooms. This specialized program promotes the acquisition of increased independence, positive social skills, extended cognitive skills, increased opportunities for communication and enhanced emotional regulation.
Stepping Stones is a classroom for four children with autism spectrum disorders who are transitioning from home to a specialized setting. Each child works with an individual specialized instructor toward obtaining his or her goals. This program focuses upon increased independence and preparation for a less restrictive environment or transition to public school. Group and individual specialized instruction occurs daily.