August 22, 2018

Broadreach to offer free Active Parenting Classes in Knox and Waldo Counties this September

Active Parenting, First Five Years  & Active Parenting 4th Edition are programs being offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services to support parents with the challenges of raising children in a demanding world.  Parents will learn how to build stronger bonds with their children, learn about brain development, how to encourage positive behavior and prepare their children for school. They will also learn nonviolent discipline techniques that work and how to have conversations around difficult topics with older children. These courses are free of charge. A light meal and childcare are also available.

Knox County Classes being offered through a collaboration with the Jackson Memorial Library in St. George:

Active Parenting First Five Years classes are a series of 2 hour classes, one per week for four weeks and begin September 18th through October 9th.- 5:30 to 7:30p. These courses are geared toward parents of children through age 5.

Active Parenting 4th Ed classes are a series of 2 hour classes, one per week for six weeks and classes begin October 16th through November 20th – 5:30 to 7:30p These courses are geared toward parents of children ages 5 through 12.


Waldo County Classes being offered through a collaboration with Waldo CAP Head Start in Belfast:

Active Parenting First Five Years classes are a series of 2 hour classes, one per week for four weeks and begin September 10th through October 1st  from 5:30p to 7:30p.  These courses are geared toward parents of children through age 5.

Active Parenting 4th Ed classes are a series of 2 hour classes, one per week for 6 weeks and begin October 15th through November 5th & November 19th and 26th from 5:30p  to 7:30p. These courses are geared toward parents of children ages 5 through 12.

Broadreach is the representative of the Child Abuse & Neglect (CAN) Prevention Council of Maine for Knox and Waldo Counties, delivering programs supported by the Department of Health & Human Services and Maine Children’s Trust. Broadreach Family & Community Services has been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs. Broadreach has over a quarter of a century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include the Kids First Program, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to register for Active Parenting classes, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Helen Rogers at 207-338-6675, 207-930-9445 or e-mail hrogers@brmaine.org.


July 10, 2018

Broadreach Names New Executive Director

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Todd Goodwin

Todd Goodwin, Executive Director


Broadreach Family & Community Services Board announced July 5 that Todd Goodwin has been named executive director.

“Todd comes to us with extensive experience in community-based social services and program delivery,” said Broadreach Chairman Sharon Goguen in a press release. “He is returning to the Midcoast following years in southern Maine. Our board is excited to have Todd join our organization.”

Goodwin is an experienced nonprofit leader with background in child welfare, behavioral health, disabilities and addictions. Focusing on quality service and responsible stewardship, he welcomes opportunities for building coalitions and partnerships to strengthen locally the social safety net, according to the press release.

“My life work has been spent in the helping professions,” he said. “At Broadreach, I look forward to leading a dedicated staff devoted to assisting all members of our community to reach their full potential.”

Born and raised in Iowa, Goodwin settled in Maine in 2004 after serving at-risk children and families in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Iowa and received his MA from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a former CEO of Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, where he served in that role from 2009 to 2012. Most recently, he worked as a private consultant.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a nonprofit organization serving individuals and families in Midcoast Maine since 1983. Programs offered include early childhood education services for children ages 2 ½ to 5, Youthlinks after-school programs for middle and high school students, and prevention programs to strengthen families. Broadreach preschool programs are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Broadreach is a Maine-licensed mental health provider offering Behavioral Health and Case Management Services. For more information, contact Jayne Crosby Giles at 338-6767 or jcrosbygiles@brmaine.org.

November 3, 2017


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Belfast, ME (November 2, 2017)—With three and a half decades of service in Waldo County and beyond, Broadreach Family & Community Services (originally Waldo County Preschool Services) is making plans to celebrate its latest milestone anniversary next year.

To mark its 35th year, Broadreach will launch a new behavioral health home service in partnership with Penobscot Community Health Center, establish a family resource hub at the First Church of Belfast and complete extensive renovations at its 5 Stephenson Lane campus to bring its Waldo County staff together under one roof.

Broadreach Board Chair Sharon Goguen, M.Ed., was there back in 1983 when it all began.  At the time, she was the director of Special Education Services at then MSAD 56.

“The federal law had just passed requiring school districts to provide special education services to identified students,” said Goguen, “and there were no programs in Waldo County to deliver those services to identified preschoolers.”

Goguen and four other local residents, including founding Executive Director Ruth Southworth, donated $5.00 each toward the $25 licensing fee to launch the nonprofit Waldo County Preschool Services. Goguen became the founding board chair and retains that position on the Broadreach board to this day.

“I believed strongly in the necessity and benefit of early intervention for preschool children with cognitive, physical and emotional challenges to insure more equal footing and success moving into the public school system,” she said.

The agency’s first preschool classroom served a dozen children with disabilities in what is now known as the ‘red and white’ building. This past year, Broadreach served nearly 130 preschoolers of all abilities in 6 sites across Waldo County.

From five people who each invested five dollars to achieve the single vision of delivering high-quality early childhood special education in Waldo County, the agency has quite literally achieved “Broadreach” status. Today Broadreach Family & Community Services has $3 million in annual revenues, more than 70 staff, multiple service sites in Waldo and Knox Counties and touches 1,000 lives each year across mid-coast Maine.

Broadreach will be inviting the community to join in its 35th Anniversary events in the coming months. Please stay tuned for more details!

Gail Jones-Wilkerson

Executive Director

Broadreach Family & Community Services

April 10, 2017

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

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The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  It is a reflection of hope, health and safety – what we desire for children throughout Waldo County and Maine.

April 4, 2017

Unity College Center for the Performing Arts to Host “Why Kids Need Mud Puddles” Place-Based Nature Education Forum

Why Kids Need Mud Puddles

The Dirt on Place-Based Nature Education Sprouts program and panel to explain the Forest Preschool Movement

UNITY, Maine —  The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts will host a forum on place based nature education with panelists from Unity College and the Broadreach program “Sprouts”.

The forum, “Why Kids Need Mud Puddles,” will provide parents, educators, college students and community members with a deeper understanding of the Forest Preschool Movement. Guests will learn about the Movement’s goals, practices and therapeutic applications. This model is currently used in Unity for children of all abilities including those with special needs, and guests will have an opportunity to see examples of the model as it is currently practiced, and offer suggestions about how the program could be modified to serve a wider audience.

Deb Hensley, Director of the Early Childhood Program at Broadreach, will serve as the monitor of the forum. Hensley says, “We are interested in having conversations that matter about the value of providing a preschool model that restores children’s right to play outside,  gives them regular access to and interaction with the natural world, and how such a model benefits children’s physical, social emotional and creative development.”

Panelists will speak briefly about their involvement in the program and respond to questions from the monitor and the audience, who are welcome to contribute their ideas to the discussion.

Child care will not be provided at this event, so while parents are welcome to come with children, children should remain with parents throughout the evening.

The forum begins at 6 p.m., Monday, April 24th. This forum is free to attend. For more, visit the Unity College Center for Performing Arts website.

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/o6Oi5G2ORBTVioBG2


About the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts

Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and more. Since opening in 2000, the UCCPA has seen many events including world-renowned musicians, award winning speakers, and memorable community gatherings. The UCCPA is also home to the Leonard R. Craig Gallery featuring up-and-coming as well as renowned artists throughout the year.

January 18, 2017

Broadreach to offer free Active Parenting Education Program

Most parents would like their children to learn to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; and to succeed in school. Active Parenting, 4th Edition, offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children ages 5 – 12, to help their children meet those goals.  Active Parenting 4th Edition, classes will be held in Belfast on Wednesday, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, & 8th at the Belfast YMCA. Classes will be held from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. This FREE program offers 6 two-hour sessions, childcare and food will be provided at no cost to the participants.

Active Parenting 4th Edition is a video-based education program targeted to parents and caregivers of children ages 5 – 12, who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise responsible children, who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  Over the course of the six session, parents/caregivers will learn non-violent discipline techniques, plus effective communication and encouragement skills, to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years.

This parent class will be open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12 and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of a century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First Program, Active Parenting First Five Years, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting 4th Edition, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Janna Swift at 207-338-6675 or e-mail jswift@brmaine.org.

January 10, 2017

Broadreach to offer interactive forum on the value of place-based nature education

sprouts fort

Why Kids Build Forts and other inspirations from the Forest Preschool Movement
On Monday, January 30, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, The Belfast Free Library will host an interactive discussion forum on the value of place-based nature education for young children in the Abbott Room of the Library.. The forum features a panel of seasoned early childhood educators who are currently working in a Forest Preschool setting, providing nature-based preschool services to young children designated with a variety of special needs as well as typically developing children. The presentation is sponsored by the SPROUTS Early Childhood Education Program of Broadreach Family and Community Services: www.brmaine.org. For more information contact Vicky Nickerson at 207-338-2200 x 101, vnickerson@brmaine.org

October 19, 2016

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion

Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis and the roadmap for action on prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement that has been developed by the Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Forces.

Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis is taking a toll on the people and families of Waldo County and the number of overdose deaths across Maine is likely to be higher than ever this year.

Last February Belfast/Waldo County came together to discuss this growing crisis and make recommendations to the Task Forces that had been convened by the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Maine Attorney General, and the Maine Commissioner of Public Safety.  In May of this year, the Task Forces released their roadmap for federal, state, and local actions that should be taken in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement.

All members of the community, including our young people, are invited to attend and participate in this facilitated discussion.  We will start by hearing from a few Task Force members about their proposals for reducing the devastation of opiate misuse and addiction in Maine.  Then we will open up the conversation to hear your reactions, suggestions, and observations about the opportunities and challenges to being successful.  We will talk about what’s going to be needed in Washington D.C. and in Augusta, and we will identify the action steps we can take here in Waldo County.

Please join us for this important discussion about what’s happening and what we can all do about heroin/opiate use and the impacts it’s having in our communities.

Please join us on Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School, Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast for a:

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion sponsored by the Maine Medical Association,  Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Waldo County Building Communities for Children coalition


Light refreshments will be available


Please RSVP by contacting Patrick Walsh at 338-6679 or pwalsh@brmaine.org

heroin conversation poster


August 16, 2016

Youthlinks Grassroots Garden Harvest Underway

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 “Farm stand open today from 9:30-11:30!  Cucumbers, kale, carrots, green beans, onions, leeks, chard and so much more!”So says a recent Facebook post for the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden & Learning Center.  This summer, the Youthlinks garden has grown through the work of 38 middle school and high school students from RSU #13.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland, Maine that provides after-school programs including community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 10-17 in mid-coast Maine.  Youthlink students learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership ability while connecting to their peers, adult mentors, and the community.

“The garden is amazing!   We have vegetables and beautiful flowers growing.  The students do the work – everything from weeding, to watering, to working at our farm stand,” said YL Director Racheal Ahearn.  “Last year, we donated over 600 pounds of produce to the local soup kitchen and food pantry.  Community members also get involved helping tend portions of the garden and stopping by our farm stand to purchase fresh, locally grown foods.”

Now in its third season, the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden has become a valuable learning experience for the students.  Students receive hands-on experience growing foods, plus, increasing awareness of nutrition and healthy living.  Practical business experience comes from operating the student farm stand next to the Youthlinks building.

In September, the garden will be harvested and closed for the winter.  Then, after-school programs begin that are held Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at the Youthlinks center located at 420 Broadway, Rockland, Maine.  Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations of local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

Youthlinks after-school programs are free for participating youth.  There is still space available for the fall programs which begin in September.  For more information, please call 207-594-2221 or visit the Youthlinks website:  www.broadreachmaine.org


Youthlinks Director Racheal Ahearn at the YL Grassroots Garden, 420 Broadway, Rockland, ME
Sunflowers and a bountiful harvest!!!

July 28, 2016


NAEYC logo

Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation


Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Programs located in Belfast and Unity have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.


“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Jayne Crosby Giles, Broadreach Interim Executive Director.   “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”


During this accreditation process Broadreach has been working to add the SPROUTS Program to its preschool services.  According to Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Services, “Broadreach PreK and SPROUTS early childhood programs are collaborative programs with the High Scope curriculum (a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum) intertwined with rich opportunities for all children to experience nature both inside and outside of the classroom.  SPROUTS programs are full day, full year programs where children will spend the majority of their time in outdoor learning spaces. The children will have repeated and regular access to the same natural space.


“Children’s learning is guided by state certified teachers who have been trained in providing a place-based nature education which is designed to meet all children’s developmental and academic needs.  The teachers will provide an authentic, meaningful nature experiences infused with literacy, numeracy, science and social skills.”


“There are many benefits to nature education programs. Children in these programs often experience reduced behaviors, healthier appetites, less illness and better sleep habits.  Children who make a positive connection with nature at an early age often carry this connection with them throughout their lives.”


“SPROUTS will also provide children and families with opportunities to connect with and explore their communities through forays to local sites, such as; swimming at the Y, visit to farms, farmers markets and parks.  The SPROUTS programs will also invite people from the community to visit our site and share their knowledge with our children.”


To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Broadreach went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.


In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.


“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Broadreach Family & Community Services should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Broadreach’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”


The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.


The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.


For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.   For more information about Broadreach or the SPROUTS program, contact (207) 338-2200 or visit broadreachmaine.org.

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.



April 12, 2016

Broadreach Children’s Art Show at Belfast Free Library, Sing-A-Long This Saturday

Children's Art

Works from the Broadreach Family & Community Services Children’s Art Show at the Belfast Free Library.

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child, artwork from children in Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education classrooms in Belfast, Brooks, Liberty, Morrill, Swanville, and Unity are currently on display at the Belfast Free Library in the Children’s Area on the second floor and in the Abbott Room.  The colorful and imaginative works were accomplished with a variety of mediums and represent the work of many of the area’s three to five year old artists.


The Week of the Young Child will culminate in an hour long Sing-A-Long on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 am – noon in the Abbott Room.  This free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature fun, interactive songs that children and adults will enjoy.


For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 and visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.


Broadreach Welcomes New Board Members

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Jeff Carty Steven Fein

Jeffrey Carty of Thomaston             Steven Fein of Northport

Sharon Goguen, MEd, Chair of the Broadreach Family & Community Services Board of Directors, has announced two new community representatives have joined the non-profit organization’s board.  They are Steven Fein of Northport and Jeffrey Carty of Thomaston.

Steven Fein owned a private clinical practice for sixteen years, providing services to families and individuals and served as a consultant to schools and the Department of Human Services.  He had previously served as a Clinician and Consultant for Mid-Coast Mental Health Center and taught at the Mid-Coast Community College.  Fein earned his Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from Goddard College and his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Relations from Boston University School of Business Administration.

Jeffrey Carty is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine in the field of human services.  He retired from his position of Program Administrator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Children and Families in 2009.  Carty worked for the Department for thirty-two years.  Since his retirement, Carty has been a consultant to the Maine Children’s Alliance and the University of Maine Muskie School, Child Welfare Institute.  He earned his Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in Waterville.

Broadreach Family & Community Services has provided community services since 1983.  The agency offers Early Childhood Education and Support Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services, Youthlinks middle and high school out-of-school programs, and Prevention programs and services to over 1,000 children, youth, adults, and families in Waldo and Knox counties and surrounding communities.  The Board of Directors serve in a volunteer capacity.  For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 102, view the website at www.broadreachmaine.org or visit Broadreach on Facebook.

March 30, 2016

Broadreach Celebrates Week of the Young Child with Art Show Culminating with Children’s Sing-A-Long Fest on 16th


Broadreach Family & Community Services is celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a family Music Fest on Saturday, April 16th from 11 am to noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Children, their families, and the public are invited to attend this free, interactive music and sing-a-long fun.  The Music Fest will be the culmination of the  April 9 – 16 Children’s Art Show with exhibits of the Broadreach Family & Community Services’ children’s creations to be shown in the library lobby, the Abbott Room, and the Children’s Area.  Supplies needed for the event were sponsored in part by Maine Roads to Quality through the University of Southern Maine.


This is the second year of the combined Sing-A-Long Music Festival and Art Show to celebrate the The Week of the Young Child™  which is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  Broadreach offers early childhood classrooms in Belfast, Swanville, Morrill, Liberty, and Unity with children attending from across the Waldo County region.  For more information about Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education program and registration for the fall, please visit www.broadreachmaine.org.


March 7, 2016

Broadreach Classroom Children Run AMOK and Donate to Food Cupboards

East Bel

Photo: Avery Mailloux and Thatcher Otis,
students at Broadreach’s East Belfast Classroom
have helped gather food items for local food cupboards.

As part of a global kindness event known as Random Acts Annual Melee of Kindness, the children and staff of Broadreach Family & Community Services Early Childhood Education programs have been actively gathering non-perishable food stuffs for local food cupboards. For the past two weeks the preschoolers have brought in canned and packaged foods to help others in their communities.

Beginning on Saturday, March 5th, Victoria Nickerson, Early Childhood Education and Development Assistant at Broadreach Family & Community Services, who has spearheaded and coordinated the food drive with the help of the organization’s Early Childhood Education staff, began delivering the canned goods collected from all of Broadreach’s classrooms to the following food cupboards in the area: Greater Belfast Ministerial Food Cupboard, AMVETS Memorial Post 150 Food Pantry in Liberty, Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, and the No Greater Love Food Pantry in Searsmont.

AMOK stands for the Annual Melee of Kindness. It is a global day of kindness. AMOK encourages people to go out into their local communities and perform kind acts for those in need. The concept is to spend the day having a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit agency providing Early Childhood Education and Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, Youthlinks middle and high school program, and Prevention Services Programs designed to strengthen the family. For more information call (207) 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.



February 18, 2016

Broadreach co-sponsors Fostering Reading Readiness Through Place-Based Nature Education Training

Nature to Nurture Program on February 26

Susan Bennett Armistead
Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead


Broadreach Family & Community Services has been diligently working to move its Early Childhood Education model to incorporate nature-based programs in its classrooms in Waldo County. A recent grant from the Davis Family Foundation is allowing the organization to bring an exciting program, “Where Nature Meets Nurture…Fostering Reading Readiness Through Place-Based Nature Education” to Belfast on Friday, February 26th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm with featured speaker Susan Bennet-Armistead. Ms. Bennett-Armistead is an Assistant Professor of Early Literacy and holds the Correll Professorship in Early Literacy at the University of Maine.

The program is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, also the location for the session which is open to the public. The cost is $39 per person and includes lunch. The program offers five training contact hours for education professionals.

The Davis Family Foundation grant is designed to provide a series of rigorous professional development opportunities to early childhood educators. It will give teachers a deeper understanding of the rationale, methods and therapeutic value of implementing nature-based programs for children of all abilities. It is intended to help educators locate and carry early language and literacy learning experiences into natural settings.

Deb Hensley, Director of Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Services shared, “We are excited to be able to open this program to the community and to our colleagues in other schools and programs. With the success of last summer’s Unity Sprouts summer program; we have been moving forward with our place based nature programming. Literacy, language skills, numeracy, science, general developmental and social skills have all been successfully provided in an outdoor setting for young children of diverse abilities.”

Susan Bennett-Armistead, the speaker for this event, will be drawing on her twenty years as a preschool teacher, parent educator, program administrator, and her doctorate with an emphasis in early literacy. She speaks nationally to educators and parent groups on the role families can play in their children’s early literacy learning. For more information, please contact The Hutchinson Center at 338-8034.

October 6, 2015

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program

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Kris Koerber and Kate Finlay receiving CICF grant 10-4-2015 aKris Koerber and Kate Quinn-Finlay accept a grant
award from the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
on board the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage.
Photo credit: Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, October 4th, the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) made three grant awards aboard the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage in Rockland. Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Executive Director Kate Quinn-Finlay and Youthlinks Program Director Kris Koerber were on board for the ceremony in celebration and appreciation of the CICF’s $2,500 gift to the non-profit agency’s program that provides out-of-school-hours programs year-round for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland area. The program is housed at 420 Broadway and is participation in Youthlinks is free of charge. Programs range from Student Garden Army to a number of choices that provide students with an opportunity to be active members of their community, often volunteering their time at other non-profits, including animal shelters, assisted living for older individuals, and the food cupboard and community meals program.

Kate Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful to have one of Broadreach’s programs chosen to receive this contribution from CICF. This donation to Youthlinks will be used to help us continue to serve the 11 – 17 year old students in the area with programs that help them gain knowledge and experience, and become involved for the betterment of their community. They acquire a wide variety of life skills. We know for many young people, Youthlinks participation has a positive impact on their school performance and their relationships with their families, peers, and teachers.”

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science, as well as programs focused on environmental and public health initiatives.

For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services visit www.broadreachmaine.org or call (207) 338-2200. Broadreach provides a wide range of programs including Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Prevention Programs that help strengthen families, and its Youthlinks Program. Broadreach serves Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties.

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