The University of Maine at Farmington Early Childhood Education department offers a number of nurturing educational programs for area children and their families.

These high quality programs are carefully designed to benefit the community as well as the University. They provide University of Maine at Farmington Education students opportunities to gain valuable practical experience working with children and families and to make first-hand observations in convenient on-campus settings. The programs also serve as course assignments and University-led research projects, involving students and faculty from different  academic areas.

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Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center

Housed in the heart of campus in UMF’s Ricker Addition building, the Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Program has provided full-time care and education to children in Franklin County and the surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Sweatt-Winter offers a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children ages 3-8. A preschool program for ages 3-5 and a before-and-after school program for ages 5-8 are available.

Sweatt-Winter has the dual purpose of providing a model child care program for area preschool and school-age children and of serving as a training site for University of Maine at Farmington Early Childhood Education students.

The Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center operates 7:00 am to 5:15 pm, Monday through Friday, 50 weeks yearly.

For information and registration, contact
UMF Children’s Programs Director Julie Farmer
umf.sweattwinter@maine.edu
tel 207-778-7480


UMF Preschool

Also located on campus in UMF’s Ricker Addition building, the UMF Preschool is a half-day, play-based, early educational experience based on developmentally appropriate practice. Curriculum is linked to the Early Learning Guidelines.

The program serves as a lab setting for University of Maine at Farmington Education students, where best teaching practices are taught and demonstrated by onsite UMF faculty instructors.

The UMF Preschool operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:30 am during the school year.

For information and registration, contact
UMF Children’s Programs Director Julie Farmer
julie.farmer@maine.edu
tel 207-778-7480


UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration

The UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration operates a short walk from the campus in Farmington’s W.G Mallett School and serves 64 eligible 4-year-olds from the Mallett School Catchment area. The collaboration involves the University of Maine at Farmington, RSU9, and Child Development Services.

This innovative program allows UMF Early Childhood Education students and Early Childhood Special Education students the opportunity to work as practicum students and interns in a nearby public school-based pre-kindergarten program.

There is no charge to parents / guardians to send a child to the RSU9 PreK program.

The UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration follows the public school calendar and children attend 2 full days (9:00 am to 3:00 pm) per week. The sessions run Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays.

For information about enrolling children, contact
RSU9 Director of Curriculum / Asst. Superintendent Leanne Condon
lcondon@mtbluersd.org
tel 207-778-6571
RSU9 website

For information on UMF student involvement, contact
UMF faculty member Erika Neal
erika.neal@maine.edu
tel 207-778-7480
tel 207-778-7482


UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroups

Meeting in the specially designed classroom at the University of Maine at Farmington’s McGuire Street Center, the UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroups provide parents, caregivers, and young children (birth through age 3)
an opportunity to socialize in a safe, educationally stimulating environment.

Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to observe and interact with their children in a different environment while developing new friendships. University of Maine at Farmington Early Childhood Education students gain valuable teaching experience as they plan and implement the playgroups with expert faculty assistance.

For information and registration, contact
Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator Dr. Patricia Williams
patricia.h.williams@maine.edu
tel 207-778-7109