Early this spring the Penquis Child Development Head Start Program in Rockland had a vision for a landscaping project for the Child Care Center on High Street. Through generous contributions and many volunteer hours of labor, they were able to make the vision a reality.

Heartfelt Farm led the effort by lending their landscaping expertise. The compost, mulch, backhoe and labor were in-kind donations from parents, grandparents and local businesses. The plants were generously donated by Lowe’s and the mulch was donated by Eric Meklin.

“We would like to thank the individuals and businesses that donated goods and services,” said Rebecca Dinces, division manager for Penquis Child Development. “We are fortunate to live and work with people who understand the true meaning of community.”

The Penquis Head Start Center in Rockland is proud to be a part of the larger Knox County community, offering preschool children ages 3 to 5 a broad range of educational, medical, dental, mental health and nutritional services. The program offers social and emotional development opportunities, as well as support services that serve the whole family.

Penquis Child Development Centers are designated “quality” centers by the state of Maine, allowing parents to receive a double state of Maine Income Tax Child Care Credit.

The Penquis Child Development department is currently accepting applications to provide childcare and early education programs in a safe and caring environment. Head Start services are free of charge to income eligible families. Stop in to visit at 7 High St. in Rockland or call 594-5342 for more information.