Penquis Child Development Center Partners With Midcoast Regional Child Development Services

By Renae Muscatell | Sep 25, 2010
Rockland, ME- The Penquis Child Development Center in Rockland serves approximately 102 children each year through its Head Start and Child Care programs. Children ages 3-5 who are eligible for Head Start receive a broad range of educational, medical, dental, mental health, and nutritional services; social and emotional development opportunities; as well as support services that serve the whole family.

The facility located at 7 High St., Rockland, has seven classrooms with each room given a unique name including the Honeybees, the Lizards, the Frogs, the Dragonflies and the Beetles Room. Among these seven classrooms is the Hummingbirds Room. In addition to its colorful name, the classroom is distinctive in another way. It is the site of a successful collaboration that began one year ago between the Penquis Child Development Center and the Midcoast Regional Child Development Services. 
In this classroom, CDS staff work to provide Early Intervention and Special Education programming for cognitive, physical gross/fine motor skills, speech and language and social/emotional skills. The Hummingbirds Room provides a higher teacher to child ratio, offering more adult support to guide each child's learning. This inclusive classroom provides a preschool curriculum to children with developmental delays as well as children with typical skills and learning styles. An example of a collaborative activity is a weaving project that the children enjoyed this summer. This project was a initiated and facilitated by Anne Ambrose, the Hummingbirds Assistant Teacher.
"Working together with Child Development Services (CDS) creates a seamless system of coordinated services resulting in significant benefits for parents and their young children," said Rebecca Dinces, Division Manager, Penquis Child Development.
Together the Penquis Child Development Center and the Midcoast Regional Child Development Services provide comprehensive services to preschool aged children and share the goal of providing a safe, caring learning environment where all children can be successful.
The Penquis Child Development Center has openings and is currently accepting applications. For more information, stop in to visit at 7 High St., Rockland, or call 594-5342.
Student Gracie Shafer enjoys the weaving activity.
weaving project

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