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The University of Maine Children's Center, philosophy and curriculum

Our Philosophy

We believe each child needs the opportunity to be a child−first and foremost. We value the bonds and attachments each child forms with peers and child care providers alike.

Our Curriculum

  • Children in our care are loved and nurtured for the very special people they are.

  • We strive to meet children at their individual levels of development.

  • We help children acquire the confidence and skills needed for life beyond today.

  • Our curriculum does not impose formal, narrowly defined academic expectations upon children.

  • Through earnest play, our children learn cooperation, problem solving, language and mathematics.

  • Our curriculum does not place undue stress on rote learning and large group instruction.

  • We encourage the development of curiosity, self-esteem, self-direction, values, strength and coordination.

  • We also encourage great explorations and delightful experiences with the world at each child's fingertips.

  • Parents are encouraged to share family traditions and career interests.

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