26 Amherst Street 518 US ROUTE1 Sanford, Maine Kittery, Maine (207)324-6025 (207)439-6414
The Children’s Centers provide quality child care in NAEYC Accredited programs sites located in Sanford and Kittery Maine.
We care for up to 85 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age in our Sanford Site, and up to 30 children, 1 year to 5 years in our Kittery program (because of the specific licensing requirement for Infant Care, we are unable to accept infants in our Kittery Program.) Children are nurtured by a trained teaching staff as they learn and grow together. Curriculum is designed to be age specific and to nurture the children’s interests and abilities.
We also provide "Special Instruction" for children with diagnosed special needs and/or developmental delays in our "Greenhouse Room."
We work with all of our families to keep the cost of care within your reach. We work with the State of Maine, the State on New Hampshire, the Military Child Care Voucher System, and our own internal scholarships to provide as much assistance as possible for the families in our care.
The weekly fee we charge is "all inclusive", which is to say, we have no hidden charge. We provide all the materials and supplies and meals (Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack) an no additional charge to the parent (although we do ask the parents to provide diapers for younger children.)
Many times parents are uncertain of what questions they should be asking the provider when looking for a child day care program for their children. We have collected a list of questions that national parenting groups have suggested for parents looking for child care. You can look these over, and also see how we would answer these same questions.
32 QUESTIONS EVERY PARENT SHOULD ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR A CHILD CARE PROGRAM
(From the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, Child Care Aware, and other key sources)
1) What are your Hours of Operation?
All of our programs are open from 6:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, Year Round. We do close for major holidays, and two days a year for staff trainings.
2) What do you Charge?
We work with all of our families to see if they are eligible for any assistance with the cost of their child care. The maximum we charge for full time child care (any schedule 20 hours a week or more) is: Infant Care: $185.00 per Week
Toddler Care: $180.00 per Week
Pre-School Care: $162.00 per week
We also reduce the fee per child if:
There is more than one child per family enrolled,
The children are scheduled less than 20 hours per week,
The family is eligible for any form of assistance (including our own internal scholarship program.)
3) Are there any other “extra fees?”
No, the weekly fee we agree upon is all you will be asked to pay. We provide all meals, materials and supplies.
We do ask families to provide diapers and wipes (for children still needed those), sun screen and bug spray.
4) How long have you been in business?
Child Care Services of York County has been providing child care to working families in York County since 1974. It expanded its services to Kittery in 1999
5) Do you have a current license?
Both of our programs are fully licensed by the State of Maine
6) Are you part of the Maine Quality Rating System, and if so, what is your rating?
Both of our child care programs are enrolled in the Maine Quality Rating System, and our Sanford program is currently rated as a “Level 4” and our Kittery Program is rated as a "3". (Child care programs can be rated on a “1” to a “4”, "1" being only meeting minimal licensing standards and “4” being the highest rating.
7) Do you have any other accreditations?
Our Sanford Site is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. Our Kittery program is currently in process of renewing its NAYEC accreditation.
8) Do you welcome visits from parents?
Parents of enrolled children are welcomed to drop in any time. We do ask parents who are looking to enroll their children to make an appointment.
9) How do you communicate with parents? Will I get daily reports about what my child did each day?
We provide a daily note home to all parents. We also post information on our web site, and hold regular parent/teacher conferences. We encourage any other creative ways of communication that might work for a family.
10) What is the education and training of my children’s caregivers/teachers?
We require a minimum of a one year “CDA” (Child Development Associate) credential for all of our teachers. We ask for a 2 or 4 year college degree for our Head Teachers/Team Leaders.
11) Can I bring my child in for a “pre-enrollment visit?
We really encourage parents and children to come into the program before starting, so they can meet their teachers and the other children.
12) What is the adult to child ratio?
Our maximum child to adult ratios for our children is:
Infants: No more than 4 children per adult,
Toddlers: No more than 5 children per adult
Pre-School Children: No more than 10 children per adult
Most of the time, our numbers are lower than that.
13) What are the requirements for ongoing staff training?
We require every teacher to have an annual staff development plan where they receive at least 40 hours per year of training specific to their needs.
14) What kind of staff turnover do you have? What is the main reason for turnover?
Our current average staff tenure for our child care teachers is well over 8 years per teacher.
15) How do you discipline children?
This is actually a long discussion, however in brief:
1. We never, never, never use any form of physical punishment for any of our children.
2. We always try to anticipate behavior issues before hand and try to set up situations where the child will choose to succeed.
3. We will use logical consequences, re-direction, and positive reinforcement in dealing with any behavior issues.
16) Are the staff trained in Infant/Child CPR?
All staff working with children are required to hold be certified in CPR and first Aid.
17) Are television and/or videos used as part of the day?
We do not use any television or videos as part of our daily or weekly schedule.
18) Will my child ever be left unattended?
Children are never left unattended. We require that all children be kept in “line of sight” of the teachers at all times. No staff person is ever asked to “work alone” in any of our buildings.
19) Do you have a child proofed indoor play area?
20) Do you have an enclosed outdoor play area?
21) What will my child be doing during the day? Do you share the daily schedule/routine?
Every classroom has a daily plan, which will include group time, small group activities, in-door and out of doors time, meals and rest periods.
Each classroom also develops (and shares with you, the parent) a weekly class plan, which reflects age appropriate activities planned for the children. These activities are developed in line with the Maine Early Learning Guidelines, which were developed to ensure pre-school children (infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers) all get the kind of learning they need at that age to be best prepared to start school at 5 years.
22) Must my child be immunized in order to attend?
Maine state law requires that all children who attend our program have up to date immunizations. We can only allow exceptions if there is a medical or religious exemption.
23) What is your policy if my child needs medication during the day?
We will administer medication your child needs. We will ask:
\1. For the medication be prescribed by your doctor.
2. It comes in the original prescription container.
3. You give us specific instructions for dosage (how much and when.)
24) Do you allow smoking in your facility?
We do not allow any smoking in any of our program sites.
25) Do you have a sign in Sign out sheet for children?
26) Do you have a policy on who may pick up my child from the Program
We have a very strict policy on who may pick your child up from the program. Only parents and those who you have identified as approved contacts will be allowed to pick your child up from the program.
27) Do any visitors not affiliated with the center enter the building during the day?
We ask that anyone not affiliated with the program (not a parent/guardian, staff person, consultant, therapist) to make an appointment ahead of time to visit the program. We also ask that anyone not affiliated with the program to check in with the front office when they show up in one of our buildings.
28) Do you feed babies on demand or on schedule?
Because of licensing requirements, we are only allowed to enroll infants (children under 1 year of age) in our Sanford site. All infants are allowed to eat and sleep on their own, individual schedules.
29) Do you have a nap schedule? If so, where do the children sleep?
All children are required to take part in a “rest period” each day (which is part of Maine licensing rules.) Each child has an individualized sleeping mat, and all children sleep in their own classrooms.
30) Is the building “fire safe (fire alarms, sprinklers, fire extinguishers etc???)
Yes, we have regular visits from both the local and the State of Maine Fire Marshall’s offices.
31) Do you have regularly schedule fire drills?
We regularly schedule fire drills at least once a month (weather permitting.)
32) What about meals?
We provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack to all enrolled children. Our menu is based upon USDA nutrition guidelines (which require a balanced meal with limited fats and sugar.) We provide alternatives to our menu when there is a religious or medical requirement.
Recently, the Maine Children's Growth Council recorded two public services announcement here at the Children's Center. These two short videos truly reflect what we do and why do have so much passion around what we are able to provide the children in our care. We invite you to click on these two links below to view these PSAs.
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