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Professionals - Katherine M. Durst Child Development Learning Center

The Katherine M. Durst Child Development Learning Center located in Merrill Hall operates a state-licensed and NAEYC accredited nursery school and prekindergarten and is open to children throughout the community. Established in 1931, it is one of the first university-affiliated centers in the United States. The Center also serves as a lab school where early childhood and education students can observe and learn about the behaviors of young children.

A little bit about us

Nursery School


Educational Goals
The Center’s curriculum and environment are carefully planned and organized to meet individual and group goals. Our goals are to provide:

Early application is recommended. Tuition information is available upon request. To request an application or further information, contact:
Katherine M. Durst Child Development Learning Center
118 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5749
(207) 581-3119

Margo Brown, Coordinator
In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of pluralism, the University of Maine shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability or veteran status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University.

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National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

Contact Information

Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2412
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System