What We Are
Welcome to Community Childhood Learning Place, an educational and care program for children, 3-months to five-years-of- age, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences to young children, 3-months to 5-years-of-age, during the most important time of their development when the brain achieves approximately 90% of adult capacity and lays the foundation for learning, social interactions, and health.
We also provide an after school program for children, 5-years to 10-years. as well as a summer program, SEA (Summer Engineering and Arts). The school aged program revolves around STEAM curriculum experiences.
Community Childhood Learning Place is opened from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. We are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, a member of Maine's Quality for ME program, and working towards accreditation through National Association for the Education for Young Children.
Our days are filled with exploration and problem solving as the children learn, develop skills, and broaden their understanding of their environment through the Reggio Emilia Approach. The framework for the curriculum is the Maine Early Learning Development Standards. Each child is assessed using a developmental observation form designed to include 72-objectives in core curriculum areas that are reviewed with parents four times a year. We are also excited to offer an after school program and summer camp experience for children up to 10-years-of-age that focuses on STEAM.
The Mission of the Community Childhood Learning Place is to provide quality and positive interactions through a play-based discovery approach to learning using the environment to build a strong foundation for your child and to enhance the potential of each child. The Community Childhood Learning Place, 4000 square foot, environment was designed by Mohr Architect, specifically for children, to provide a secure interactive flow to develop curiosity and creativity in children's interactions and learning. The art room in the center of the round building serves as our core where projects in symbolic languages can be started and worked on over days, weeks, or months. All of our classrooms are flooded in light, encouraging cognitive development.
Reggio Emilia Approach
THE 100 LANGUAGES
Imagine believing that children have the ability to express themselves in more than one way. Now times that by 100! Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Approach, describes the "infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings."
These languages (the Hundred Languages of Children) are symbolic and are open to the endless potentials in children. They believe in the potential of a child's ability to wonder. It is the belief that there are "multiple ways of seeing and multiple ways of being."
STEAM is a teaching methodology that uses the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to engage and encourage children's inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking skills. Instead of treating each area as an isolated topic, STEAM combines areas and allows the students to develop stronger creative problem solving skills. Our staff in the after school program offer weekly STEAM challenges for the students to solve either individually or within a group setting.