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Penquis Child Development provides Early Childhood Education for children aged 0-5 in a nurturing environment for the entire family.

  • Overview of Services

    There are many benefits to having your child enrolled in a Penquis school classroom or childcare program. We can also work with parents to connect to local resources, help them identify and reach family goals, and help prepare their children for school and future successes.. We offer the following services for enrolled children and families:

    • Health and dental screenings
    • Developmental screenings
    • Nutrition education
    • School readiness
    • Services for children with special needs
    • Individualized attention to work towards developmental goals
    • Parent support, trainings, and workshops

    Preschool – Infant-Toddler Application

  • Infant/Toddler (Early Head Start Classrooms)

    Our infant/toddler classrooms are staffed with highly trained, nurturing caregivers and teachers that provide individualized care to meet your child’s needs. Penquis believes in providing sensitive and responsive care that creates a trusting environment for each child.

    • Bangor, Davis Road
    • Bangor, EMCC Campus
    • Bangor, Venture Way
    • Brewer, Cutler Place
    • Dover, Morton Ave
    • Old Town, Middle Street
    • Rockland, High Street

     

    Hours of operation

    • 7:00a – 5:30pm – (hours not available at all locations)
    • Year-round services

     

    Contact for Enrollment

  • Preschool 3 to 5 years (Head Start Classrooms)

    Our preschool/head start classrooms provide children the opportunity to make friends and develop the social skills needed to prepare for school, such as sharing and taking turns. All teachers have been trained in the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum, which prepares children for Kindergarten with playful, purposeful and personalized instruction.

    • Bangor, Davis Road
    • Bangor, EMCC Campus
    • Bangor, Venture Way
    • Brewer, Cutler Place
    • Dover, Morton Ave
    • Old Town, Middle Street
    • Rockland, High Street

     

    Hours of operation

    • 7:00a – 5:30p – (hours not available at all locations)
    • Year-round services in most locations

     

    Contact for Enrollment

     

     

  • Pre-K Partnerships with Local Schools

    Child must be 4 by Oct. 15.

    School readiness is essential for long term success for all children, so Penquis Child Development has partnered with public schools in many districts to offer our services in Pre-K classrooms. We work together to offer any additional resources and support needed to families and to help children successfully transition between preschool and kindergarten.

    • Brewer
    • Dexter
    • East Millinocket
    • Lincoln
    • Milo
    • Newport
    • Milo
    • Rockland

    Hours of operation

    • Hours vary by location; all operate on a school-year schedule

     

    Enrollment

    • Linda Henderson, 207-973-3567 or 1-800-215-4942
    • lhenderson@penquis.org
  • Locations

    Bangor:

    • Davis Rd Early Childhood Education Center
      • 241 Davis Road
      • (207) 262-6091
    • EMCC Early Childhood Education Center
      • EMMC Campus
      • 354 Hogan Rd., 1st Floor Katahdin Hall
      • (207) 990-8905
    • Venture Way Early Childhood Education Center
      • 120 Venture Way
      • (207) 941-2840

    Brewer:

    • Jean Lyford Early Childhood Education Center
      • 10 Cutler Place
      • (207) 262-6091
    • Brewer Pre-K
      • Brewer Community School Campus
      • 94 Pendleton St
      • (207) 404-5700

    Dexter:

    •  Dexter Preschool
      • Ridgeview Community School Campus
      • 175 Fern Rd
      • (207) 924-6000

    Dover:

    • 48 Morton Ave Suite G
    • (207) 564-0039

    East Millinocket:

    •  EMCC Campus
      • 1 Dirigo Dr Suite 3
      • (207) 746-5289

    Lincoln:

    • RSU 67 Pre-K
      • Ella P. Burr Campus
      • 23 Ella P. Burr Street
      • (207) 794-3014

    Milo:

    • MSAD 41 Pre-K
      • Milo Elementary School Campus
      • 18 Belmont St
      • (207) 943-2122

    Newport:

    • Newport Pre-K
      • Newport Elementary School Campus
      • 142 Elm St
      • (207) 368-2394

    Old Town:

    • Old Town Early Childhood Education Center
      • 90 Middle St
      • (207) 947-1065

    Rockland:

    • Rockland Early Childhood Education Center
      • 7 High St
      • (207) 594-5342
    • RSU 13 Pre-K
      • South School Campus
      • 100 Holmes St
      • (207) 596-2008
  • Child & Adult Care Food Program

    The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program designed to help child care facilities provide nutritious meals and snacks as part of their organized child care services.

    The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides cash reimbursement to child and adult day care providers for serving meals and snacks meeting USDA standards to participants enrolled in care.

    The program recognizes and supports the important role childcare homes play in developing the healthy eating habits of young children.

    Penquis’ Child and Adult Care Food Program is available to certified childcare homes throughout Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties, offering monthly reimbursement, nutrition materials, ideas for menu planning and budgeting, an annual workshop, and a nutrition newsletter.

    For more information, please call the Bangor office at 973-3506 or toll-free 1-800-215-4942.

    Penquis Child Development does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, handicapping condition, or religion. If you feel you or your child have been discriminated against, please write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC, 21025.

    Funding is provided by the US Department of Agriculture.

  • Provider Training

    Mandated Reporter Training

    Mandated Reporters are a critical part of Maine’s Child Protection System. All Mandated Reporters are now required to complete a training approved by the Department of Health and Human Services once every four years.

    To register for the next class call Christine McMillen at 207-974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org.

     

    Safe Sleep and The Period of Purple Crying

    Safe Sleep and The Period of Purple Crying are national initiatives focused on preventing shaken baby syndrome and promoting a safe sleeping environment for infants. During our training you will receive researched information, materials, and learn prevention strategies that address each initiative.

    To register for the next class call Christine McMillen at 207-974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org.

     

    Strengthening Maine Families by Building Protective Factors

    Protective factors are conditions in families, communities, and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. Protective factors include education on child development and ways to support healthy social and emotional development in children, concrete supports for parents such as social connections, and an array of supports during times of need. This training is for those who provide programs that support families and will offer opportunities to increase capacity to build protective factors that promote optimal development and prevent abuse and neglect.

    To register for the next class call Christine McMillen at 207-974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org.

  • Parenting Classes/Trainings

    Penquis parenting classes cover a variety of parenting topics including discipline strategies, managing stress, helping children deal with their feelings, communicating with children and building self-esteem, and growth and development in infants and children. Classes are free and some classes offer light refreshments. To register for any of our upcoming parenting classes contact Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or at parentingclass@penquis.org

    • For New and Expecting Parents

      Nurturing Prenatal Class

      Celebrate your journey through pregnancy, talk about ways to bond with your baby, build connections, explore resources, and much more. To register for the next class, call Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org

      Boot Camp for New Dads

      New babies don’t come with owner’s manuals. Lots of first-time fathers have questions. How do I hold, feed, talk to, or play with a baby? Join us at Boot Camp for New Dads where we offer first time fathers-to-be a chance to talk with experienced dads who bring their own babies. This workshop is designed for dads-to-be that are in the last trimester of pregnancy. Workshops are typically held at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

      • How to calm a crying baby
      • Finding work/home balance
      • Feeding and changing
      • Handling parents and in-laws
      • Breastfeeding
      • Safety issues
      • Introducing pets to baby
      • Anything else on your mind

      Nurturing Fathers Series

      Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. Dads meet with other dads to develop skills during fathers only weekly meetings. These classes are free and cover the following topics

      • Discipline strategies and managing stress
      • Helping children manage feelings
      • Family values
      • Building your child’s self-worth
      • Growth and development

      To register for the next class, call Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org

    • Parenting Classes for Children Ages 0-5

      Active Parenting Classes: First Five Years addresses the most common issues facing today’s families.

      During this four session series parents learn about:

      • Parenting Styles
      • Methods for Discipline
      • Bonding and Attachment
      • Encouraging Positive Behavior
      • Play
      • Their Child’s Brain
      • School Readiness

      To register for the next class, call Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org

    • Parenting Classes for Children Ages 5-12

      Active Parenting Classes for Ages 5-12 address the most common issed facing today’s families. This class is a six session series and topics include:

      • Cooperation and communication
      • Responsibility and discipline
      • Building courage and self-esteem
      • Understanding and redirecting misbehavior
      • School success

      To register for the next class, call Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org

    • Co-Parenting Class: Helping Children Thrive in Two Households

      A successful co-parenting relationship is vital to your child’s well-being and health as nutritious food and proper sleep. This class helps parents to learn how to co-parent, so children living in two different households can thrive. This one 5 hour class covers topics including:

      • Developing effective communication skills
      • Keeping your child out of the middle
      • Allowing your child to love both parents
      • Working on your own healing
      • Creating a positive new relationship as a co-parent

      To register for the next class, call Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org

    • Trainings for Professional Development

      Mandated Reporter

      Mandated Reporters are a critical part of Maine’s Child Protection System. All Mandated Reporters are now required to complete a training approved by the Department of Health and Human Services once every four years.

      Safe Sleep and The Period of Purple Crying

      • Safe to Sleep and The Period of Purple Crying are National Initiatives focused on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and promoting safe sleeping environment for infants. During our training you will receive researched information and materials as well as learn prevention strategies that address each initiative.

      Strengthening Maine Families

      Protective Factors are conditions in families, communities, and organizations that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. Protective Factors/Strengthening Maine Families 101 Training is for those who provide programs that support families. The training will offer opportunities to increase capacity to build   protective factors that promote optimal development and prevent abuse and neglect.

      Register for a Class

      To register for the next class, call Christine McMillen at 974-2481 or email at parentingclass@penquis.org