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October 9, 2018

Career Opportunity- Early Interventionist (Ed Tech III)

Mid-Coast Maine’s premier early childhood education provider, Broadreach Family & Community Services, is currently seeking qualified conscientious applicants to fill a part time Early Interventionist position in Belfast. As an Early Interventionist, you will be responsible for providing classroom support to children to meet their IEP goals, conducting one-on-one or small group instruction, performing classroom management, completing daily data collection and documentation in a literacy rich, inclusive early childhood classroom under the direction of the classroom teacher and Special Education Services Coordinator.

Successful applicants will possess:

  • A current Maine Ed Tech III certification or provide documentation that they have at least 90 college credit hours and are eligible for Maine Department of Education certification as an Ed Tech III
  • Satisfactory results of criminal history records check
  • Current CPR/ First Aid certification
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working with preschool aged children
  • A pleasant and helpful demeanor
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including clients, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills
  • Exceptional decision making, problem solving skills, time management, organization and prioritization skills.

Behavioral Health Professional Certification is required within one year of hire. We would prefer that you have a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and experience providing inclusive developmentally appropriate practices, special education expertise in early intervention, and familiarity with High Scope Curriculum and the CDS system. Benefits include earned time off, paid holidays, professional development opportunities and more. Broadreach offers competitive pay commensurate with experience. Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please send resume and three letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, ME 04915
Email: vnickerson@brmaine.org
fax: 338-1652

September 20, 2018

Career Opportunity- Substitute Teachers

Do you love working with young children? Are you passionate and energetic? Do you want to make a tangible difference in the lives of children in your community?  If so, come join our team! Broadreach Family & Community Services is presently accepting applications for substitute teachers to assist our classroom staff in the delivery of high-quality programming in our exceptional Early Childhood classrooms in Belfast, Swanville and Morrill.

Apply now to be a Substitute Teacher with Broadreach Family & Community Services and discover the rewards of supporting young children as they learn and grow in natural environments!

At Broadreach, you will have the opportunity to nurture and educate children ages two-and-a-half to five while working in an environment in which your unique skills and competencies are celebrated. We’ve been mid-coast Maine’s premier early childhood education provider for over 30 years! We offer a unique early childhood education to children of all abilities in nationally acclaimed and accredited, collaborative PreKs and inclusive classrooms, some of which operate year round. Our class size is small, between 14 and 16 children, and our classrooms each have a lead teacher, an assistant teacher and additional support staff.

As a Substitute Teacher at Broadreach, you will collaborate with a team of exceptional early childhood professionals, support an inclusive environment for children of all abilities, inspire children’s exploration of the natural world and impact the lives of children in your own community every day! Rates of pay are commensurate with education, experience and credentialing, starting at $12.00 per hour.

Successful applicants will possess a high school diploma, GED or greater. You must be at least 18 years of age. Previous experience working with children and reliable transportation are required. You must be able to bend and lift 50 lbs.  You must attend all required trainings and complete a thorough background check with satisfactory results.

Broadreach is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please forward your resume and three written references to:

Vicky Nickerson
Early Childhood Operations Coordinator
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
e. vnickerson@brmaine.org
F. (207) 338-1652

June 26, 2018

Career Opportunity- PreK Teacher

As a Broadreach PreK teacher, you will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operation of a nationally accredited, literacy enriched, inclusive four year old classroom in Waldo County. This program is a collaborative program with Regional School Unit 71.

Applicants must be eligible for birth through five 081 Maine Teaching Credential. A 282 Early Childhood Special Education endorsement is preferred.

Experience and Skill Requirements:  The following experience and skills are considered essential:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience teaching preschool-age children.
  • Emergent literacy training preferred.
  • Knowledge of Waldo and Knox County and their populations helpful.
  • Must have a pleasant and helpful manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including patients, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional decision making and problem solving skills.

Education Requirements:  The following education requirements are considered essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education or related field.
  • Preschool 081 endorsement mandatory and 282 endorsement eligibility preferred
  • Maine Department to Education (MDOE) fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check (CHRC)
  • Maintains current certification in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens & with TB/other health standards and provides training verification for Personnel Files

Experience in special education and experience with High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision are preferred.

Rate of pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
e: vnickerson@brmaine.org
f: 338-1652

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

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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

April 12, 2016

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

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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.

 

March 30, 2016

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

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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.

 

April 28, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fine Fiber Fair on May 30th

Yarn Diane The Kind-Hearted Little Girl

Calling all fiber artisans!  Here is a chance to purchase some of the finest materials for your projects.  On Saturday, May 30th from 11 am – 2 pm Broadreach Family & Community Services will hold a Fine Fiber Fair to benefit Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Program and Services.  The items for sale come from the studio of fiber artist Diane Brott Courant who is making the donation to help support early childhood programs.  Diane will be at the event for the first hour to say hello to attendees.

Broadreach’s Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “This is a wonderfully generous donation from Diane Brott Courant.  We included some of Diane’s items in our Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair last September and those items quickly sold out to people looking for high quality materials.  We are excited to be able to offer an entire sale of Diane’s beautiful fibers and related items.  This is a must-attend sale for fiber artists, whether novice or highly experienced. “

For more information about the sale, contact Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 or Sue diRosario at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public.  Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks out-of-school hours programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services.  More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

April 27, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fourth Annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 30th

Mid-Coast Mom Prom

The fourth annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 30h from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org/momprom are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  There will be a crowning of the Mom Prom Queen.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event compliments of Jessica Michael Photography.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar through Rollie’s Bar & Grill.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks out-of-school hours programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org/momprom .

 

March 12, 2015

April 10th is Wear Blue Day

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Friday, April 10th is Wear BLUE Day in support of April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Awareness Month.  Spread the word and wear blue to show your commitment to the children of Maine.

March 3, 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit Hosted by Broadreach, UM Cooperative Extension & Belfast Adult Education

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit, to be hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, the University of Maine Extension Service, and Belfast Adult Education will be held on Friday, April 17th from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Guest Speakers will be Sue Mackey- Andrews, Co-Facilitator of Maine Resilience Building Network – www.maineaces.org (go to site and explore) and Chris Trout, Founder and President of Strengths in Focus at                   www.strengthsinfocus.com.

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • The implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development
  • Possible long-term ramifications of Adverse Childhood Experiences over a lifetime
  • Ways in which we can promote RESILIENCE in parents, children and professionals, and in our own lives
  • The importance of building relationships

This summit is free ($10.00 donation at door to assist with expenses appreciated)

 

REGISTRATION – https://brmaine.org/summit/

 

Questions? Please contact one of the following individuals:

Wesley Neff- Maine Families, UMaine Cooperative Extension 800-287-1426 x 1021

Patrick Walsh- Broadreach 338-2200 x  109

Laura Flagg- Belfast Adult Ed 338-3197

 

February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

This is the last week to vote for your favorite non-profits in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Matters More!  Please write in your vote for Broadreach Family & Community Services under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Waldo Counties section.  We need your vote!  Please ask your family, friends, and colleagues to vote for Broadreach, too!

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the Community Matters More ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. So, make your vote count!

To vote for Broadreach and up to two more of your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of the Bangor Savings Bank’s 56 branches statewide or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and click for the Bangor Savings Bank voting site:

https://bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

Thank you!

 

November 5, 2014

UMCC Awards Funding to Broadreach

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(Photo by Marti Stone Photography from left to right:  Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp – Board Member of Broadreach, Deb Schilder, Broadreach Director of Development, and Marty Martens representing UMCC

Camden – On October 9th, Broadreach Family & Community Services Board member Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp and Deb Schilder, Director of Development met with United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC).  For many years UMCC has generously supported Broadreach.  This year UMCC awarded a grant of $30,000 for Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program which is offered throughout Waldo and Knox counties and the Youthlinks Program offered in Knox County.  Broadreach offers preschool programs including PreKindergarten at school and community locations in the region using evidence-based curricula and certified staff.  Broadreach also connects children and their families to a wide variety of programs and services.  Youthlinks offers middle and high school students a place to belong to a program that teaches them new skills, connects them to the community, and provides camaraderie.  Students participate free of charge in programs such as Student Garden Army and Student Garden Army Junior, learning to plan, plant, tend, harvest, sell and donate to local food cupboards the garden produce they raise.  Working with local chefs, they learn to cook delicious and healthy meals with the vegetables they have grown.  They also run a weekly farm stand selling the produce and donate a portion of the produce when they prepare meals at the local Saturday meals program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The students also have opportunities to work with animals at local rescue and shelter organizations and at the renowned Aldermere Farm with the Belted Galloway cattle.

 

Broadreach Family & Community Services has been serving the needs of the people of the midcoast region for more than three decades. The non-profit 501c3 agency offers Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and  Prevention Program focusing on parenting programs and the deterrence of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services and its programs, contact the organization at 338-2200 or visit at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

September 23, 2014

Camaraderie and Fun – Volunteer for Stashbuster

This Broadreach fundraising event promises to be a fun time!  Over 75 donors have helped us amass an amazing collection of fiber and fabric to sell at the Broadreach Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair fundraiser for the Early Childhood Education Program to be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  We also have volunteers for Wednesday through Saturday for the prep and event but could use a few more helping hands on Saturday, the 27th, the day of the event.  We have openings for the following shifts:

6:30 – 8:30 AM  The Early Bird Shift for set-up

8:30 AM – Noon  Volunteering at the Event (may choose a portion of this time to volunteer)

Noon – 2:00 PM  Clean-up

If you can volunteer any of these time slots, or a portion of one of these time slots, please contact either Deb Schilder at 338-2200 x 112 or Sue diRosario at x 201 or email either Deb or Sue at dschilder@brmaine.org or sdirosario@brmaine.org.

 

 

August 21, 2014

Stashbuster Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Seeking Donations

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Broadreach Family & Community Services is preparing for its next event to raise funds for its Early Childhood Education Program – a Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Each day calls are being fielded and deliveries are being arranged for skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, smaller bundles for quilting and other projects, and fiber arts equipment and supplies – from knitting needles to patterns to bias tape.

 

“We have been receiving some beautiful and high quality items that we expect will sell out quickly at the fair.  All items will certainly be a great deal for the buyer and we will be sure to have inventory for both the serious and casual fabric artists of all ages”, shared Sue diRosario, Broadreach’s Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations.

 

“A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event, Heavenly Sock Yarns of Belfast, WORKS of Searsport, The Purple Fleece of Stockton Springs, Fiddehead Artisan Supply, and Good Karma Farm & Spinning Company, both of Belfast.  We know these are wonderful local resources for the fabric artist and we are thrilled that they are our sponsors.”

If you have items to donate, please contact diRosario by September 20th at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, its Youthlinks after school and summer program for middle – high school youth in the greater Rockland area, and Prevention Services such as parenting classes and programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach services please call 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.

July 28, 2014

Broadreach to Host Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fundraiser in Belfast

Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair Requests Donations from Local Fiber Crafters

 Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters! Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high quality learning experiences for Waldo County’s youngest learners. It is also a chance, come September 27th, to stock up on materials for new projects and support a great cause.

A Fiber & Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics, and supplies for the fiber craftsperson. Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns, and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 338-2200 extension 201 to arrange a donation. Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS, Good Karma Farm and Weaving, and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public. All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend. There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “September is the perfect time of year to stock up on your yarn and fabric supplies. Just as the first crisp days of autumn begin, we start to think of our holiday and winter projects. Whether you are an accomplished fiber artist or a beginner, there will be something for everyone at this Fiber and Fabric Fair and all the proceeds will help support Early Childhood Education.   We encourage those who wish to contribute some of their accumulated supplies to contact our office to arrange the donation of their materials for this first-time event. ”

For more information, contact either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 338-2200 at Broadreach Family & Community Services. Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services. More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

April 11, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 10th

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The third annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 10th from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  Prizes will be given for categories such as Most Glitzy, and the Mom Prom Queen will be crowned with a fitting tiara.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

February 24, 2014

Broadreach PreK/Early Childhood Inclusive Program Enjoy Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time

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The Broadreach PreKindergarten/Early Childhood Inclusive Program struck a vein of pure gold when the Stockton Springs Community Library began offering its preschool participants a monthly story time.  Since December, two classrooms have ventured from the former Stockton Springs Elementary School, now home to preschoolers, to participate in the lively, interactive, and exciting story time activities.  At the conclusion of each story time craft activities are also sent with the children that they can complete back in their classroom and at home with their families.  Each child also leaves with a mini-book of the story and a participation award.   Miss Pat, a retired kindergarten and special education teacher, is joined by an enthusiastic group of fellow volunteers to provide unique, educational and fun theme-related activities.

 

Visiting “Mary’s Room” at the SSCL on February 12th, eighteen children and their two teachers, Ron Provencher and Amber Stanhope and Education Jeff Ryan, E.I. III from Broadreach Family & Community Services were treated to Miss Pat’s Three Little Pigs story time complete with puppets, theme-related activities and snacks.  The theme even extended to a Saturday story time telling of the “wolf’s side of the story”.  Miss Pat showed the children the many books the library had in the children’s room of the The Three Little Pigs and even shared her own hand-crafted book of the title, showing the children that they could create their own story with a picture book.  “Mary’s Room” is named in honor of Mary Staples, a retired local school teacher.  Steps leading to the room read one word at a time vertically on the risers, “Climb the stairs to Mary’s room.”  For participants needing assistance with stairs to the second floor there is a motorized lift chair in the building.

 

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is one of many organizations that Broadreach Family & Community Services collaborates with to bring a broader range of programs and opportunities to those it serves.  Broadreach works collaboratively with RSU 20 to provide Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Inclusive Education Programs and Services to area children.

 

SSCL is unique in that it is operated completely by volunteers including those participating in the story time:  Pat Bradley, Pat Curley, Library Director, Debbie Harris, Board Vice-President, Susan Henkel, Board Secretary, Susie Kraeger, Donna Parks, and Robbie Pendleton, Board Treasurer.  In the summer the number of library volunteers increases to twenty-four as the number of library patrons  multiplies during the summer months.  The all volunteer library was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Colcord House which it shares with the Stockton Springs Historical Society.  One of the rooms, the parlor, which is preserved in its original state with period furniture is normally cordoned off and may only be viewed and not entered but at the annual Library Tea Party, the guests are invited into the parlor for a 19th century tea.

 

For more information about SSCL activities, including the Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 1st from 9:30 – 11:00 am call 567-4147 or go online at www.stocktonspringslibrary.org.  For more information about the programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services in Waldo and Knox counties, call 338-2200 or go online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

September 17, 2013

Dedication of a CedarWorks Mountain playset

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The dedication of a CedarWorks Mountain playset took place on Tuesday at Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Mid-Coast Children’s Services location in Rockland.  CedarWorks owner Barrett Brown donated the structure to the non-profit organization which serves pre-school children with early childhood programs and services.

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From left to right:  Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp, Board Member of Broadreach Family & Community Services, Mary Bailey, Director of Early Childhood Education Operations, Broadreach, Kate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director, Broadreach, Barrett Brown, Owner/President, CedarWorks, Teri Kenniston, Customer Service Manager, CedarWorks, and Allison Heidorn, Marketing Coordinator, CedarWorks

Kate Quinn Finlay shared the deep appreciation felt at the Broadreach organization for the generous gift and what it will mean for the many young children who will have an opportunity to have access such a fine quality playset.  Noting the star shapes cut into the wood of the structure for children to “peek out” on various levels of the large playset, Kate Quinn Finlay shared an excerpt from Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata, “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

Children will arrive for their first day of preschool on September 12th when they will be able to test out the new playset for themselves.  It is one of the largest outdoor models that CedarWorks makes and retails for over $14,000.  CedarWorks has been crafting child, parent, and earth-friendly playsets for over three decades.  Their company location in Rockport produces highly customizable indoor and outdoor children’s playsets and playset/furnishings with a unique modular system. Those purchasing CedarWorks products can work with the company’s design experts to create a set unique to their own needs. CedarWorks also creates classic outdoor furniture for children and adults such as picnic tables, chairs, benches, rockers, and tables.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, non-profit organization that provides a wide range of programs for people of all ages in Waldo and Knox Counties.  The agency is supported by private contributions and foundation funding, client fees, contributions from United Mid-Coast Charities, United Way of Eastern Maine, appropriations from local municipalities and government contracts and funding.  In addition to preschool and collaborative Pre-Kindergarten programs, Broadreach offers Youthlinks after school and summer programming for middle and high school students in Knox County, case management services for children through adults in throughout the service region, and programs that help create strong and resilient families in the mid-coast area.

July 25, 2013

Time to Register Your 4-Year Old for PreKindergarten

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:54 am

Parents take note:  In a few short weeks schools will re-open and Broadreach Family & Community Services is reminding parents to register their four-years olds for PreKindergarten (PreK) as soon as possible to avoid the rush.  Children who are four or will be by October 15th are eligible to register for this free program.

 Sponsored by RSU 20 and RSU 3 in this region, PreK is staffed by Broadreach.  Many of the classrooms are a collaboration involving the school district, Head Strart and Broadreach. PreK prepares children for a successful transition to kindergarten with the guidance of highly experienced, certified educators.  The classroom routine encourages children’s self-discipline, self-esteem and creativity.

Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shares, “PreKindergarten offers a wonderful opportunity for four-year olds to gain readiness for Kindergarten and the elementary school experience.  There are a wide variety of daily activities that help children gain skills for learning in a nurturing setting.  PreK honors each child’s individual needs, interests and strengths.  Our teachers work closely with parents to help ensure a positive experience for both the child and their family.  If a child has a need for additional services, our case managers can help support the child, parents, and teachers in making those connections and streamlining that process.”

With the weeks of summer quickly passing, Broadreach encourages all parents of four-year olds to register their child for PreKindergarten  as soon as possible by calling 338-2200 extension 107 for more information and registration.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a not-for-profit organization serving families and individuals of all ages throughout Waldo and Knox counties.

Parents – Time to Register Your Pre-Schooler for Early Childhood Programs

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:51 am

Parents take note:  In a few short weeks schools will re- open and Broadreach Family & Community Services is reminding parents to register their preschoolers as soon as possible to avoid the rush.  There are currently openings in the Belfast Mill Lane site, in Unity, and in Stockton Springs.

The Broadreach Preschool Program, also known as the Early Childhood Inclusive Program, is geared for children aged two and a half years old to five years of age.  The children enjoy a fun, active, and educational setting.  Parents can be assured that their child is in a safe and nurturing environment with certified teachers.  The daily program offers individual and group activities, both indoor and outdoor, nutritious food, and a variety of fun, educational and interactive learning experiences.

Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shares, “Broadreach’s Early Childhood programs are excellent  opportunities for young children to socialize with others their own age and gain confidence and skills that prepare them for a lifetime of learning.  Each child is unique and we tailor our programs to meet individual needs.  Our teachers work closely with parents to help ensure a positive experience for both the child and their family.  If a child has a need for additional services, our case managers can help support the child, parents, and teachers in making those connections and streamlining that process.”

With the weeks of summer quickly passing, Broadreach encourages all parents of preschoolers to make their Early Childhood arrangements as soon as possible by calling 338-2200 extension 107 for more information and registration.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a not-for-profit organization serving families and individuals of all ages throughout Waldo and Knox counties.

July 23, 2013

Maine Preschool Programs for Fall 2013 – Now Accepting Applications

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 9:05 am

Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

BROADREACH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSIVE PROGRAM Located in Belfast, Maine on Mill Lane

Part time openings. Preschool program for children 2.5 to five years of age.

In a fun, safe and active setting your child will:kids
>develop school readiness skills
>be taught by certified teachers
>meet other children and expand self-confidence
>experience a wide variety of activities related to language & problem solving >have healthy snacks
>be in a safe and nurturing learning environment that encourages and supports each child as a unique individual.

Tuition assistance may be available…SPACE IS FILLING FAST…..

Call Vicky at Broadreach TODAY:  338-2200 (ext. 100)

—Get your child off to a GREAT START!—

June 27, 2013

Classroom Openings – Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 9:57 am

Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

BROADREACH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES
EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSIVE PROGRAM
Located in Belfast on Mill Lane

Part time openings. Preschool program for children 2.5 to five years of age.

In a fun, safe and active setting your child will:kids
>develop school readiness skills
>be taught by certified teachers
>meet other children and expand self-confidence
>experience a wide variety of activities related to language & problem solving
>have healthy snacks
>be in a safe and nurturing learning environment that encourages and supports each child as a unique individual.

Tuition assistance may be available…SPACE IS FILLING FAST…..

 Call Vicky at Broadreach TODAY:  338-2200 (ext. 100)

—Get your child off to a GREAT START!—

June 21, 2013

Fall (PreK) and Early Childhood Education Openings at Stockton Springs Elementary School

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:48 am

RSU #20 Superintendent Brian Carpenter and Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director,  Kate Quinn Finlay announce a collaboration to bring an Early Childhood Education Program and  PreKindergarten(PreK) to the Stockton Springs Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.  Children from Stockton Springs, Searsport, Prospect, and Frankfort are eligible to attend.  Parents are encouraged to enroll their children at their earliest convenience as available openings are limited.

The PreK Program serves four-year olds (4 by October 15) with a full-day schedule from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  This free program provides learning and enrichment opportunities for school readiness to successfully transition to kindergarten.   Classes will be held Monday through Thursday and follow the RSU #20 school calendar.  The program uses active, hands-on participatory learning.  In addition to literacy and language skills, Broadreach also introduces Numbers Plus to teach math skills at a preschool level.  Maine Early Learning Guidelines and the High Scope curriculum are utilized by experienced, certified professional teachers.    Breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks and transportation are provided to eligible children.

The proposed Early Childhood Education Program would serve 3 – 5 year olds with a maximum capacity of 16 children in the program. Families do not have to reside in the RSU #20 school district. Hours would be Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  There is a weekly tuition for this program.  The High Scope Curriculum and developmentally appropriate learning enrichment in all areas of development is provided by certified teaching staff. Breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks are offered.

All Broadreach Early Childhood Programs provide an inclusive setting that honors the individual learning of each child.

Openings are also available for other school-based RSU #20 PreK programs and preschool sessions.  For more information about the Stockton Springs programs or those available in other towns, please contact Vicky Nickerson at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 100.

CedarWorks Donates Playset to Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:22 am

frolic_14Rockport, ME – CedarWorks owner, Barrett Brown has provided one of his company’s largest outdoor playsets for the children’s services programming operated by Broadreach Family & Community Services at their Rockland Mid-Coast Children’s Services location.  The Frolic Series-14 “Mountain” provides a 24’ by 20’ set made from splinter-free, chemical-free Northern White Cedar.  A dedication of the playset donation will occur later this summer on a date to be announced for 272 Park Street in Rockland.  The public will be invited to attend.

May 16, 2013

PREK PROGRAM (4 YEAR OLDS) RSU 20 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 4:06 pm

prek

Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

RSU 20 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS –
East Belfast (East Belfast, Swanville), Captain Albert Stevens (Belfast),
Stockton Springs (Searsport, Stockton Springs, Frankfort) &
Gladys Weymouth (Searsmont, Belmont, Morrill)

In a fun, safe and active setting your child will:

  • develop school readiness skills
  • be taught by  certified teachers
  • meet other children and expand self-confidence
  • experience a wide variety of activities related to language & literacy, math, science and problem solving

ELIGIBLE CHILDREN: RESIDENCE IN CATCHMENT TOWNS 4 years old by 10/15/13 for PreK Program

The Pre-K program is free. The program follows the RSU#20 school calendar, bus transportation is available.

WHEN: Starting Early September 2013

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:

EAST BELFAST: JANINE LAVWAY 338-4420

CPT.  ALBERT STEVENS: KAY JENESS OR DONNA PARKS 338-3510 EXT. 343/344

STOCKTON SPRINGS: DEBBIE DAKIN 548-2317

GLADYS WEYMOUTH: KAY DODD 342-5200 OR 342-5300

Sponsored by RSU 20 in collaboration with Broadreach Family & Community Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSU #3 PREK PROGRAM (4 YEAR OLDS)

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 3:59 pm

prek

Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

In a fun, safe and active setting your child will:

  • develop school readiness skills
  •  be taught by  certified teachers
  •  meet other children and expand self-confidence
  •  experience a wide variety of activities related to language & literacy, math, science and problem solving

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: RESIDENCE IN CATCHMENT TOWNS 4 years old by 10/15/13 for PreK Program

The PreK Program for children 4 years old by October 15, 2013 is free.  Children receive breakfast, lunch and a snack each day for a minimal fee. Parents are encouraged to complete the Free & Reduced Meal Application.

WHEN: Programs Start in Early September 2013

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION FOR: BROOKS, LIBERTY & MONROE Please call Dalene Sheldon at Broadreach, 338-2200 ext. 107 or 1-877-733-2200

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION FOR: UNITY (UNITY, TROY, KNOX, THORNDIKE, FREEDOM) PLEASE CALL DEB PALMER 338-3827 EXT. 214

Sponsored by RSU 3 in collaboration with Broadreach Family & Community Services And Waldo Community Action Partners in Unity Pre-k Program

—Get your child off to a GREAT START!—

March 13, 2013

Welcome Deb Rainey, Quality Assurance Specialist

Filed under: New Staff,Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 6:16 pm

Deb RaineyKate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is pleased to announce that Deb Rainey has accepted the position of Quality Assurance Specialist for the agency’s Early Childhood Programs. Deb Rainey will have management responsibility for overseeing the agency’s early childhood community partnerships, assuring best practice inclusive programming and assuring implementation of early childhood curricula.

 

Deb Rainey is an Early Childhood Specialist with over 25 years experience in early care and education.  She earned a degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine in Farmington and an M.Ed in Early Intervention from the University of Maine in Orono.  She has worked with young children and families in a variety of settings and programs.   Most recently Deb has provided consultation, coaching and training for early care professionals to support the inclusion of all children in community programs.  She has written curriculum for Maine Roads To Quality on Inclusive practice and received training certification in the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC). Deb has presented at several national conferences for National Association for the Education of Young Children, Division of Early Childhood and Zero to Three on inclusive proactices.  Deb is committed to the field of early childhood education/early childhood special education and keeps current with best practice and evidence based methods to meet the needs of all young children and their families.  Broadreach’s Early Childhood Services prepares young children for a lifetime of learning success with high-quality education, early intervention and childcare programs.  Broadreach early childhood classrooms are located in public school and community settings throughout Waldo and Knox County, are nationally accredited and taught by state-certified early childhood teachers. Broadreach early childhood classrooms include public pre-Kindergarten programs in collaboration with RSUs 3 and 20, and collaborative Head Start classrooms at Mid-Coast Children’s Services in Rockland.

For more information, about the many services Broadreach provides for children and families, please contact Mary Bailey, Broadreach Director of Early Childhood Services by e-mailing mbailey@brmaine.org, calling 338-2200 Ext 101, or visiting www.brmaine.org

August 22, 2011

Now Enrolling!

Mid-Coast Children’s Services, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, located at 272 Park Street in Rockland is currently accepting enrollment applications for our full day and part day inclusive preschool programs. Our full day classroom is available for
children ages 3 to 5, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Early School 1 classroom is
enrolling children ages 2.5 to 3.5 for two to four days per week,
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Early School 2 classroom is
Enrolling children ages 3.5 – 5 for two to four days per week,
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Our popular “Lunch Bunch” is available to children in either
program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, please call Sandy Billington at 594-8474, x. 301.

July 28, 2011

Rockland Rotary Makes Grants to Two Local Youth Programs

Filed under: Preschool,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 1:16 pm

Youthlinks and Mid-Coast Children’s Services, two programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services, each received a grant of $1000 from the Rockland Rotary.  The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. In support of this mission, the Rockland Rotary awarded funds to support the provision of high-quality services for Rockland-area youth.  Rotary funds will support Youthlinks free summer camp program, and  Mid-Coast Children’s Services early intervention services for young children with special needs.

Youthlinks’ mission is to empower youth to commit to themselves and their communities, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer work.   Youthlinks offers a diverse menu of in-school, after-school, and summer programs to engage a broad base of youth with varying interests. Their programs rely on creating mutually beneficial relationships with other area non-profit agencies. Through these opportunities, youth are exposed to new experiences, develop new knowledge and
skills and develop pride in the service they give to their community.

Mid-Coast Children’s Services (MCCS) provides Rockland area families with high-quality education, intervention programs.  The programs provide individualized learning opportunities for all  young children,while specializing in serving those with special learning and developmental needs. MCCS early childhood classrooms are nationally accredited and taught by state-certified early childhood teachers.

To find out more about the programs of Youthlinks, MCCS  and Broadreach Family & Community Services, visit us at www.brmaine.org and www.youthlinksonline.org , or call 338-2200.

June 14, 2011

Touch-A-Truck

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 12:22 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services would like to invite you to a Touch-A-Truck fundraiser, a day of fun for the whole family. Children and families are invited to explore trucks of all sorts (firetruck, dump trucks, big rigs and more), get their face painted, play in a bounce house and much more. Suggested donations of $5 for a family of two and $10 for a family of four. All donations are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you there!

Save the date: July 30th,2011 10am-1pm.
Place: Troy Howard Middle School

May 13, 2010

Preschool Comes to the Walker Elementary School!

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 12:53 pm

by Broadreach Family & Community Services
May 13, 2010

We are thrilled to announce that Broadreach Family & Community Services, in partnership with SAD#3, is offering an Early Childhood Inclusive Education Program (ECIP) for preschool aged children at the Walker School this coming September.  The program‘s operation of hours will be Monday through Friday , 9 to 3 with before and after care available to families needing extended care.  Broadreach offers subsidized tuition to eligible families with support from the Maine Department of Health & Human Services.

Similar to some of our other Broadreach Preschool Sites, this new classroom’s curriculum will be designed to meet the individual developmental and educational goals of the children enrolled.   Our caring, certified, experienced teachers plan the curriculum around the child’s unique needs, interests and strengths.  The classroom will be well-equipped with a variety of educational materials and toys to stimulate and challenge children.  The children will have the opportunity through the planned play activities to develop the skills necessary to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.   The daily storytelling, book sharing, song and movement activities nurture the young child’s language development and his or her first steps toward learning to read.  And as they attend school at the Walker Elementary School during their preschool year, they become familiar with the wonderful Walker School staff, adjust to the routines of the school and adapt to the idea of being in the Walker facility. In addition, they will use the outside play area and the gym. They may even be invited to participate in various reading activities with a ‘reading buddy’ from one of the higher grades. The daily routine encourages each child’s development of self discipline, self esteem and creativity. 

The ECIP program at Walker School will offer children and their families:

  • A rich , early educational experience
  • Program licensed by the State of Maine, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Certified Early Childhood educators
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Early language and literacy enriched High Scope curriculum
  • On going screening and assessments to measure the skills children are gaining
  • Indoor and outdoors activities
  • Preschool/ elementary school/parent partnership that supports a seamless transition  to kindergarten
  • Services to children with special learning and developmental needs

 

Broadreach is a private, non profit agency and has provided high quality services for young children and their families since 1983 in Waldo County.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! For more information about enrolling your child into this program, please contact Mary Bailey, Early Childhood Education Programs Director, at mbailey@brmaine.org or 338-2200 ext.304.  Broadreach is very excited about this opportunity to come to the Liberty area and be a part of your child’s early years.

April 29, 2010

Broadreach’ Keniston named 2009-10 Regular Education Teacher of the Year

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 11:10 am

Press release from MADSEC

The Maine Association of Services for Children with Disabilities( MADSEC) gives awards  each year to outstanding individuals in several areas of education:  parent/advocate, special education teacher, paraprofessional. director of special services, regular education teacher and therapist.   

            The recipient of MADSEC’s’ regular education teacher of the year for 2009-2010 is Karen Keniston of Searsport.  Karen is a preschool teacher who works in the RSU20 four year old program at Searsport Elementary School and in the early childhood Inclusive Program which is run by Broadreach Community and Family Services and hosted at Searsport Elementary School.  Karen has been in preschool education since 1993.  She holds a B.S. in elementary education and has had hundreds of hours of training in early literacy and child development.  Karen is a strong teacher leader with immense expertise in preschool education ,and more specifically, in including children with disabilities with their typically developing peers.  Karen has extensive training with the Early reading First, High Scope, OWLS programs and provides early literacy instruction to all her students.  Karen is gifted at being able to individualize and demonstrates that each child, no matter how challenged, can be included in the classroom community.  Karen collaborates well with the variety of consultants and therapists who move in and out of her classroom supporting her inclusion efforts. She supervises several paraprofessionals and provides them wit superb leadership which fosters a high quality tapestry of  instruction and interventions which few preschool program can emulate.  Karen is described by one of her student’s parent as flexible, adaptive, compassionate, communicative.  This parent marvels at her ability to create and modify lessons that allow her child to access the general curriculum.  Karen sets the bar for her colleagues at both  the preschool and elementary level to strive for in making their classrooms accessible and accommodating for all children.  In Karen’s classroom all children can and do learn and have abilities not disabilities!

Belfast Lions Club Brunch to benefit playground

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:48 am

by Mary Bailey

I want to bring to your attention a wonderful event  that is happening this coming Sunday. May 2nd The Belfast Lions Club is hosting their Annual Spring Brunch and the proceeds will be helping us bring life, wood chips and large toys, back to our ECIP playground! We are very excited and quite honored, to be the recipient of this event. So please share this wonderful delicious event  with other family members, friends and neighbors. The Lions Club is seeking food donation items to help offset the cost of putting on this event. If you would like to help and support in this manner. please call Julie Horton at Mill Lane 338-0029.

Belfast Lions Club Brunch
Sunday May 2, 2010  8:00 am to 11:00 am  at the Waldo County Shrine Club, Belfast, Maine
You won’t go away hungry! Adults $8.00  Children 12 and under $3.00

January 8, 2010

ECIP & PreK

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 11:25 am

News from our Early Childhood Inclusive Program and PreK programs will be here.