The Katherine M. Durst Child Development Learning Center located in Merrill Hall operates a state-licensed 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
Dedicated to providing quality preschool education, our programs reflect the latest research and best practice in the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the young child.
We offer state-licensed nursery school and prekindergarten programs. Curriculum is designed to encourage children to explore, inquire and experiment, as well as to convey the challenge, excitement and satisfaction of learning.
Parents are welcome to observe activities taking place in the Center. An observation booth is built into the facility.
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
Margo Brown, Coordinator
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