Commonly Asked Questions

What kind of school is The Learning Place?

The Learning Place is a developmentally appropriate preschool where your child will be engaged in thematic centered activities that foster their curiosity to learn in a creative fun learning environment by following the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines.

What are the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines?

The Maine Early Childhood Guidelines reflect current research in early learning aligning itself with the Maine Learning Results adopted for grades K-12th.  This assures success for Maine students from pre-school through high school graduation. These Guidelines are broken into eight domains of personal and social development, approaches to learning, creative arts, early language and literacy, health and physical education, mathematics, science and social studies.  The Learning Place utilizes these domains as the foundations for our curriculum.

What are the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Registry?

The Maine Roads Registry and Career Lattice are the state’s childcare and early education professional recognition system.  Registry members receive recognition for their experience working with children and families, their ongoing training, and educational accomplishments in early childhood education or related fields.  These practitioners provide safe, nurturing environments in their homes, centers, and classrooms or offer support services to families through community-based agencies committed to quality training and education in early childhood.

Early education refers to the unique body of knowledge necessary to care for and educate young children.  It requires knowledge and understanding of the eight content areas outlined below:
     * Child Development                             * Observation and Assessment
     * Healthy, Safe Environments                * Developmentally Appropriate
     * Guidance                                              * Relationships with Families
     * Individual and Cultural Diversity        * Business and Professional
Georgeann Tudisco M.Ed. has been honored by receiving recognition as a Level 8 professional teacher, this is the highest level awarded in the state.

What ages does The Learning Place accept?

Our pre-school program begins at three years old; with most of our children attending for two years before going to kindergarten.  In the afternoons children in grades K-6th can take the bus from the elementary school for our afternoon session which includes homework help.  Private tutoring is available in all subjects for student’s K-8th grade.

What are your hours?

Early drop off is 8 a.m. with pre-school beginning at 9 until noon.  Extended day options are available 12 noon to 3pm or 12 noon to 5:30 with lunch included.  Our school age program is 3:15 until 5:30.

Does The Learning Place have parent teacher conferences?

As part of our ongoing assessments which are done through observations and sampling of student projects in the eight domain areas we will meet with the parents at least twice a year.  At this time we share your child’s successes and progress made using student portfolios.  As a parent/teacher team we will work together to develop an ongoing individual educational plan based on your child’s strengths, learning style  and interests.  This becomes the focus of future learning opportunities.

What is the policy for school vacations and snow days?

The Learning Place follows the Wells/Ogunquit (CSD#18) vacation and snow cancellation policies.

How do I register my child?

To register please call to schedule a visit to our wonderful center.  This gives you and your child an opportunity to observe a child’s typical day, meet our staff and ask questions.

Is there a registration fee?

To ensure there is a spot for your child there is a non-refundable deposit of forty-five dollars.

Is there a waiting list for enrollment?

To keep our ratios low of 1 teacher to 8 children  enrollment slots  are limited  and fill up fast.  We recommend registration 6 months to a year before your child begins to avoid putting your child on a waiting list.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Your child does not need to be trained to register, but will need to be well on their way (except for occasional accidents) to begin.