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The Islesboro Preschool runs programs for two age groups. The Infant and Toddler program is for children from 3 months to 2 1/2 years. The Preschool program for children ages 2 1/2 through 5. Both programs are located in our brand new building at 152 Main Road – next door to the town office and fire department.

For more information about each program see below.

Infant & Toddler Care | Age 3 Months - 2.5 Years

Children who are 3 months through two and a half are eligible for the Infant/Toddler program.

Infants and Toddlers follow their own schedules. There is an outline of the day, but they are not capable of sitting still for a circle time, may need a morning nap, etc. Infants nap at various times and their schedules will be accommodated. Between 12-18 months old, children tend to only need one nap a day. At this point we may try a scheduled nap/ rest period.

Infants are fed on demand. Breastfeeding infants need to have an adequate supply stocked and properly labeled. Toddlers usually eat meals and snacks on a set meal schedule. These children need to bring their own snacks and meals. Parents need to supply diapers, wipes, powders, ointments, bottles, bibs, teething or other personal objects and a complete change of clothes.

A report will be prepared daily for each infant/toddler. It will include such things as , time of feedings, what was eaten, amount eaten, time of diaper checks and results, times of naps, any medication given, and various comments about the child’s day.

The developmental needs of the child are also a consideration of program eligibility. Classrooms will fulfill the best developmental groups possible to meet the needs of all children involved and meet licensing guidelines

Preschool | Age 2.5 Years - 5 Years

Children who are two and a half years of age through kindergarten age are eligible to enroll in the Preschool programs. A child must be two years and six months before September 1st to be eligible for the preschool group.

The developmental needs of the child are also a consideration of program eligibility. Classrooms will fulfill the best developmental groups possible to meet the needs of all children involved and meet licensing guidelines. Children who start preschool before their third birthday will be on a trial basis to decide if the child is developmentally prepared for this experience. The teacher will make the decision with the parents for the child to continue or not after a minimum two –week observation period. If the decision is made that the child is not developmentally ready for preschool at this time, the child can participate in the Toddler program until the age of three.

There will be a designated nap/rest time every day. All children must nap, rest, read, or play quietly during this period. Rest time gives children a much needed break in their day. Without rest time, children can be argumentative, short tempered with others, and not very happy by the end of the day.

SUMMER CAMP | Infants - 5 Years

The Islesboro Preschool welcomes full-time residents, part-time residents and those just visiting to our program during the summer months.

FULL DAY PROGRAM: Monday – Friday | 8:30-3:30
HALF DAY PROGRAM: Monday – Friday | 8:30-12:00

Email islesboropreschool12@gmail.com  for more information

Rates
Ages 3 – 5:
Residents: $15/day for one child, $25/day for two children
Visitors:  $30/ day for one child, $45/day for two children

Infant/Toddlers:
Residents: $15 / partial day or $20/ all day
Visitors: $30/ partial day  or $40/all day

SPECIAL NEEDS

The Islesboro Preschool will make all reasonable modifications to our policies and practices to accommodate children with special needs, unless to do so would be a fundamental alteration of our existing program. Each child will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine eligibility.

Enrollment

A registration packet must be completed and returned within the first week of attendance with an annual family registration fee of $25.00. This registration packet information is to ensure that your child will get the very best care possible and satisfies the record keeping requirement of state licensing guidelines. All forms will be reviewed annually. If there are any changes of information, please notify the director to update your records. There is no registration fee for the ten week summer program.

Enrollment is open throughout the year. All forms can be found on the FAMILIES page.

Having a vibrant Pre School makes Islesboro and even more desirable place to live and raise a family, enhancing island vitality.

IPS Board Member

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