Vision and Mission


Every child arrives at kindergarten as an engaged learner prepared for success.


Educare Central Maine will provide, model and extend comprehensive high quality early care and education practices to young children, their families and communities to improve school readiness and close the achievement gap.

Guiding Principles

  • Services reflect the high standards of quality, comprehensiveness, and accountability as set forth by Educare recognized quality standards, and will support positive learning outcomes for children, families and early care and education providers.
  • The school readiness skills of all children will clearly demonstrate that research-based early childhood education prevents achievement gaps, specifically when targeted to our most at-risk young children.
  • Partnerships with families are essential to long-term success in school and beyond.
  • A community-based approach enhances quality, collaboration, and the integration of culturally responsive services and supports for families.
  • Coordinated, effective communication and leadership will influence public and private investments in early care and education in Maine increase and target research based quality initiatives.
  • Quality early education is positioned as a core component of broader education reform efforts in Maine.
  • Educare core features will serve as the foundation for decisions and practices carried out by professionals in all early care and education settings.
  • ECM will model and influence implementation of best practices in early care and education settings serving children birth to age 5 throughout Maine, as well as the development of a statewide coordinated education system for children and families, from birth to age 8.
  • Early care and education providers in Maine will benefit from the Educare Learning Network (through ECM), either directly or indirectly.