About

The Cathance Children’s Center is committed to providing exceptional daily care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We provide an environment of educational richness coupled with nurturing care and curriculum designed to ignite cognitive development. We are committed to serving our community by offering early learning opportunities for children of families who might not otherwise have access.

Value Added Services

Locked Facility

Music Class

Assessments

Breakfast & Snacks

Locked Facility

You can rest assured that your child will be safe here at Cathance Children’s Center. We have a locked facility with access allowed to only those with a key card. Only parents or other caregivers of the children are allowed access to the Center while the children are onsite.

Music Class

Music helps develop language skills, self-concept, imagination and countless other skills. Through songs, instruments and movement, the children are able to express themselves freely and creatively. We strongly believe in the value of arts in education and will be continuing our music classes in the Fall.

Assessments

The children in each classroom are assessed throughout the year to ensure they are hitting developmental milestones. The teachers use the State of Maine Infant/Toddler Guidelines for assessing children under age three. The Maine Early Learning and Development Standards are used to assess preschool-aged children. Assessment findings are used to plan engaging, developmentally appropriate curriculum to advance learning.

Breakfast & Snacks

As part of your weekly tuition, a healthy breakfast and two snacks are served daily. Milk is also served to all children at lunch time.

About the Facility

The Cathance Children’s Center is wholly owned by FHC, Inc., a medical device manufacturer headquartered in Bowdoin, Maine. FHC develops and markets instruments for neurological surgery and research worldwide with U.S. locations in Maine and Pennsylvania, as well as offices in Romania, Colombia and Australia. The Children’s Center opened in 2005 to offer child care to the portfolio of benefits available to FHC employees. The program has since grown to include enrollment opportunities for families from the local community. We are licensed to serve 49 children.

Why Choose Cathance

We simply offer more. More experience, more education, more knowledgeable staff that routinely engage in professional development. We focus on implementing best practices in the early education setting as established by industry leaders, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child. Inclusion is integral to the Cathance Center’s commitment to value all children. We believe that every child should have access to a safe, nurturing environment where both bodies and brains are nourished.

Still Interested?

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Our Staff / Teachers

Our staffing philosophy is shaped by the knowledge that the commitment and capability of the Center’s teachers directly determines the quality of the program. We carefully interview and screen applicants, seeking those whose experience and practices most closely align with our play-based learning philosophy and mirror our mission in the community. Staff are supervised by the Director and Assistant Director of the Center. All staff members must successfully pass a Maine state police criminal background check, a child protective services background check, and furnish at least three verifiable childcare-related references. All regular staff have pediatric CPR/AED and first aid training and are required to participate in annual industry-specific professional development programs.

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Lori Smith

Director

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CDA – Preschool, Maine Director’s Credential in Progress

Lori has been a teacher/care giver for over 20 years in several settings. Before joining Cathance Children’s Center four years ago, she owned her own family childcare and coached several children’s sports teams. She has experience working with children at all ages and stages of development. She contributes her knowledge of curriculum development and past experiences to help foster and promote the growth and development of the children within the Center by collaborating with the teachers to create an atmosphere in which all children will learn and grow. Her passion for teaching is set on the principles of child-initiated natural play.

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Hayley Barker Tourtelotte

Assistant Director

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Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Husson University, Leadership Institute 1-3, Maine Roads to Quality, Director’s Credential in Progress

Hayley has worked in all of the Center’s classrooms and believes children learn best through play.   She does her best to facilitate child-led play in a safe and nurturing environment. Hayley loves being outside and feels that being in nature is a crucial part of childhood development. She strives to spend as much time  as possible outside teaching and playing each day.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

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Ashlie Whittaker

Lead Teacher – Preschool

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Ashlie believes every child has the potential to bring difference and uniqueness to the world. Each child needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere to learn and grow. It is her desire as an educator to help students meet their full potential by successfully satisfying their individual needs. As a teacher, there is always an opportunity for continual learning and growth and she finds great joy in learning alongside her students. Our children today are our tomorrow, as a preschool teacher we set the stage for future learning and success. It means a lot for her to be part of something so special.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – J.R.R. Tolkein

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Kaitlyn Allen

Lead Teacher – School Age Room

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Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education

Children are so full of energy, love, and laughter, which Kaitlyn feels so lucky to be a part of every day. Their honesty and inability to filter their words makes her smile. Children are nonjudgmental, so loving, and free-spirited. Their positive energy helps to keep her upbeat and release her inner child.

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Hannah Martin

Associate Teacher – Toddler Room

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CDA Certification – Infant & Toddler Credential in progress

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.”

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Brittany Elwell

Associate Teacher – Young Toddler Room

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CDA – Infant and Toddler

“For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and the things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” – Penelope Leach

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Jessica Gendreau

Lead Teacher – Toddler Room

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Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden.”

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Lindsey Blais

Associate Teacher – Young Toddler Room

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“Play is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein

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Kayla Moody

Lead Teacher- Infant Room

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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson

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Sherry Harris

Associate Teacher – Preschool Room

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Katrina Hart

Center wide Float Teacher

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Bachelors degree in Adolescent and Child Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University

Katrina loves watching children learn and grow and believes children learn best in a hands-on environment with plenty of outdoor play. She says, “Children are our future and the ability to have a positive impact on their lives is something that I hold close to my heart.”

“Play is not a break from learning. It is endless, delightful, deep, engaging, practical learning. It’s the doorway into the child’s heart!”- Vince Gowmon

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Gabrielle Goodenow

Associate Teacher – Preschool Room

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“Education is improving the lives of others and leaving your community and world better than you found it” -Marian Edelman