A Collaboration Focused on School Readiness in Central Maine
Educare Central Maine acknowledges that school readiness means that children enter school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success. Staff work with families, school staff, and community partners to assure we are providing environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn. The School has selected two research-based curricula models, the Creative Curriculum for infants and toddlers and Opening the World of Learning for preschoolers.
Creative Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers
The philosophy behind Creative Curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Children learn to explore their imaginations, strengthen and control their muscles, work cooperatively, problem solve, and gain concepts through play and engaging in art activities. The curriculum is based on the philosophy that positive interactions and relationships with adults are critical foundations for successful learning, social-emotional skills are a significant factor in school success, the physical environment affects the quality of learning interactions, and teacher-family partnerships support development and learning.
Opening the World of Learning for Preschoolers
Opening the World of Learning (OWL) is a comprehensive curriculum that covers all domains of early learning and is based on thorough knowledge of the research on early language and literacy development and research on social and emotional development. OWL provides an instructional program that is comprehensive, balancing child-initiated with teacher-directed activity as it systematically teaches children skills and concepts.