Because we believe child care should be everything you want to give your child his or her very best start in life — and then some!
St. Louis Child Development Center utilizes Maine’s Early Childhood Learning Guidelines for Preschoolers, and Maine’s Infant –Toddler Guidelines for Learning and Development, as the primary tools to plan curriculum. We believe children learn through every experience of every day, by being actively involved in their environment. All experiences must be well planned, based on best practice, incorporate the children’s interests, and be developmentally appropriate.
Our experienced, professional educators utilize the nationally-recognized “Creative Curriculum” for implementing a developmentally-appropriate early learning program
Teachers use a variety of forms of assessment to plan and adapt the curriculum to meet the children’s needs. Indoor and outdoor environments are arranged in a welcoming, safe and accessible manner for all children. We believe in a balance of teacher-planned activities and those that emerge from the child’s individual interest, abilities, goals and objectives, as well as a variety of large-group, small-group and individual activities, both indoors and out. Community and family cultures, values and traditions are an important component of the curriculum.
The Center also uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire tool for developmental screening when a child enters the program. We share all information on assessments and screenings with the child/rens parent/s. We want to provide your child with a developmentally appropriate early learning program while making it a joy to be at the Center.
- Accredited by the Council on Accreditation, a national accreditor of programs serving infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children. COA is recognized by the State of Maine as an equal accreditation body to NAEYC.
- Step 4 rating—Maine’s highest—from State of Maine Quality Rating Registry
The state rates quality programs by rating them from 1-4. We are on Step 4—the highest rating possible. This assures parents that our facility meets all the requirements for a safe, top-quality site, which includes well educated and trained staff.