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Community Childhood Learning Place at 39 State Street, Castine, Maine

Welcome to Community Childhood Learning Place
A Department of Health and Human Services licensed learning and care center built for children, three-months to five-years, with an after-school program emphasizing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, Mathematics) projects and problem solving activities. The curriculum is play-based with an emphasis on project approach and discovery learning.
CCLP is part of the Quality for ME-Maine's Early Care and Education Rating System. The system helps to assure quality and financial support to families.
Due to COVID-19 , CCLP is closed  but is looking to open by the first of June.  We are accepting applications for the summer and fall learning and care program. 
Spaces are limited. Email  or call for information or application....
or call: 207-326-4800.

       CCLP is Reopening June 1, 2020


We will be operating two classrooms. Following the Danish model, the children will be outside as much as possible to minimize contagion. 


To reduce exposure to number of people, the classes will be made up of the same children and teachers every day.  Therefore, we will only be accepting full-time children to reduce the exposure of children to larger group of children. Community Childhood Learning Place will be open five days a week, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  Children from outside Maine will not be admitted until the families have self-quarantined for 14-days.


The CDC has given guidelines for childcare facilities, and CCLP will be following them: A staff member, wearing a mask, will meet children at the CCLP entrance, at a designated time. All children will have to be screened each morning to check for fever or other signs of illness. Parents will not be allowed in the building and will leave after the screening. Hand sanitizer will be used to clean hands of children and staff member upon arrival. No child, two-years-of-age and younger, will wear a mask. For all other children mask wearing will be at the discretion of the parents.


The CCLP Board and Staff thanks you for understanding we are following the guidelines mandated for child care centers to ensure the safety of the children.


    Community Childhood Learning Place

looking forward to reopening

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Castine's 1895 water tank has been transformed into a community early learning center. 

Getting Ready for the Future!

In the fall of 2019, the Community Childhood Learning Place, a new community-built early learning center at 39 State Street in historic Castine, Maine, was opened and licensed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to serve 49-children.
The community's 1895 standpipe on Windmill Hill has been redesigned and repurposed by the architectural firm of Mohr & Todd of Charlottesville, VA and Southwest Harbor, ME into a 4,000 square-foot learning center for the children of Castine, Penobscot, Orland, and Blue Hill on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Come and see our beautiful, developmentally appropriate learning environment designed for young children and built by community volunteers and community funds.
Your support is still needed and very much appreciated! Donate your tax-deductible dollars today to help provide quality programing.

Check out our recent news coverage!


Thank you WABI for visiting CCLP!

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CCLP Staff 

Ready to Serve Families.

Quality Means a Staff with education and experience in early childhood education.


Katie Evans and Ren Albon are ready to serve your family. They know how to use the CCLP quality environment designed for children and to provide the learning experiences that will make a difference in the lives of young children.Both are knowledgable in the Reggio Emilia Approach.

The staff is part of the Maine Quality for ME program and part of the Maine Child Care subsidy program  This achievement recognizes quality while proving financial support to families.

Castine Cup Regatta 

The 2019 Castine Cup Regatta, held on August 18th, 2019, was a successful fundraising event for Community Childhood Learning Place (CCLP).

All sailors, mark you calendar for August 2020 for the second annual Castine Cup Regatta, open to all seaworthy sailing craft and crew!

Fourth Of July 1K and 5K Run or Walk

Virtual Fun for All

Download Registration Form

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