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 and 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 on the development of cognitive, language, communication, fine and large motor, activities of daily living, emotional growth, and sensory play.
Children 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.
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. It 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 – 18 months old. Children’s individual schedules will be followed as they learn about the world around them. Staff strengthens family attachments while encouraging children to interact with 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.
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.
Bursting Blossoms prepares children ages 3 ½ – 5 for the transition to kindergarten. The curriculum focuses upon pre-kindergarten skills as well as continuing work on individual goals.
The Sunflower room offers a structured curriculum that is focused on a child’s individual IEP goals. Services occur in a classroom with a maximum number of 3 children, each assigned to an Education technician. Certified 282 Special Education teachers oversee the program. 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 increased independence, positive social skills, extended cognitive skills, and enhanced emotional regulation.
Hummingbirds offer a highly structured curriculum and a higher teacher-to-student ratio than preschool classrooms. This specialized program promotes 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 transitioning from home to a specialized setting. Each child works with an individual specialized instructor toward obtaining their goals. This program focuses upon increased independence and preparation for a less restrictive environment or transition to public school. Group and individual specialized instruction occur daily.
The Children’s Center in Augusta participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children receiving services throughout the day. Following 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 (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.
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.
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.