The Children’s Center has our oldest and largest program located in Augusta, Maine. The center has been around for over 50 years. It 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 childcare, 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 childcare 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.
Childcare hours are: Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Specialized Service hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 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 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 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 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.
The Children’s Center in Augusta participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in order to be able to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children receiving services throughout the day. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online here and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442
Email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, ancestry or national origin. Complaints of discrimination must be filed at:
Maine Human Rights Commission
51 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0051
If you wish to file a discrimination complaint electronically, please visit the Maine Human Rights Commission website and complete an intake questionnaire. Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.