May 18, 2016

Racheal Ahearn Becomes Youthlinks Interim Leader

Racheal Ahearn, Interim Director


Exciting change is on the horizon at Youthlinks in Rockland. We have been very grateful to have Youthlinks under the skillful guidance of Director Kris Koerber for the past two years and wish him
well in his new endeavors. He will be missed, and beginning on May 20th, our very own Racheal Ahearn will be stepping in to take on the leadership role at Youthlinks. Currently serving as a case manager for Broadreach Family and Community Services, Racheal has been working closely with Youthlinks over the past year. Along with her professional and educational experiences, she will will be adding enthusiasm and a passion for youth development to the Youthlinks team. Racheal will be working closely with current program managers, Rose Swan and Jess Wincapaw to continue developing and delivering high quality after-school programming to the youth of the mid-coast communities. Speaking about her new role Ahearn said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to become more involved with the Youthlinks team in supporting the youth of Knox County through exploration and creativity.” The core of Youthlinks will continue to be our strong focus, establishing and nurturing growth promoting relationships with our youth. Currently at Youthlinks, 37 middle school and 18 high school youth are engaging in programs that create meaningful opportunities to connect with themselves, the outdoor world and their community. Racheal is eager to continue to support and lead the mission of Youthlinks into the future. It is our plan to expand on existing services, as well, while never losing sight of our original mission. Be sure to follow all the action on Facebook and if you are in the area, stop by the Grassroots Garden, right behind Youthlinks on 420 Broadway in Rockland.

May 4, 2016

Broadreach to offer new nature-based, full-time, year round Early Childhood Education program this fall!

Sprouts gardening


SPROUTS – Early Education Where Nature Meets Nurture

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Aristotle spoke these words over 2300 years ago and today Broadreach Family & Community Services is launching a new early childhood experience for children in the 21st century.  The program called “SPROUTS,” harkens back to the  world where children are in tune with our surroundings – Where Nature Meets Nurture.

Debuting in Belfast and Unity, Broadreach is opening affordable, nature-based full-day, full-year, early childhood education programs for children ages 2 and a half years old to five years old.  SPROUTS will begin this fall in both locations.  To register contact Broadreach by phone at 338-2200 or visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

Both programs, with activities based outdoors in natural settings, are open to children of all abilities.  There are no residency or income guidelines.  Programming is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

SPROUTS offers rich, nature based  educational experiences infused with language, literacy, numeracy,  social skill development, music and arts.  SPROUTS teachers are certified by the state of Maine.  High/Scope, our research-based, nationally recognized curriculum, supports all children through active learning, including those with special needs and those at-risk for developing learning difficulties.

SPROUTS nurtures the skills young children need to become masters of their own learning.  Tuition rates for 2016 will be $170 per week for a full-five day week at SPROUTS.  Some children’s tuition may be covered by a third party, such as Child Development Services (CDS).  Broadreach offers families an easy automatic payment option and a tuition discount for those who enroll in this auto-bill pay plan.

For more information about Sprouts contact Vicky Nickerson at 338-2200 or vnickerson@brmaine.org.  To learn more about how SPROUTS compliments the full range of services that benefit preschool children with special needs, contact  Broadreach’s Special Education Services Coordinator Shelly Wilbur at 338-0029 or swilbur@brmaine.org.

Broadreach began as Waldo County Preschool over thirty-three years ago to provide early childhood education.  It now serves people of all ages striving to reach their full potential in through programs such as early childhood education, behavioral health services and case management, after school services for middle and high school students and family-strengthening programs.