UMF purchases property for new child care center

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UMF Sweatt-Winter Center
UMF Sweatt-Winter Center

The University of Maine at Farmington plans to move its highly successful child care and undergraduate student lab school to a recently purchased Farmington property. According to an article in the Morning Sentinel, the University of Maine board of trustees approved the purchase of 274 Front St., a former medical call center, with the intention of renovating the space as the new home of the Sweatt-Winter Child Care and Early Education Center. Originally, UMF considered renovating its current facility or using funding approved for a state bond in November for a re-build of the space. Purchase of the 10,384-square-foot building, a former NotifyMD call center, creates the opportunity to enhance programming while saving the university money by not having to construct a new building. “We have a wonderful structure in place,” said Katherine Yardly, acting vice president for academic affairs at UMF. “We’re an early childhood facility as well as a place where we help prepare teachers. All of our students work in the center as part of their practicum or internship, so we’re designing the environment so it’s of the highest quality.”

Morning Sentinel

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