Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the center located?
The center address is: 107 Maine Avenue in Bangor, Maine. Conveniently located in the Maine Business Enterprise Park, between Hammond St. extension and the Union St. business corridor. Take exit 183, Hammond St./Airport from Interstate-95, turn toward the Airport and continue to the end of Hammond St., turn right, the center is located approx. 1/8 mile on the right.

What types of programming will be offered?
The center will offer full and part-time care for children ages 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. We will also offer after school care for school age children during the afternoon hours, and on-site extracurricular activities such as art, music, literacy, and spanish. 

Who will operate the center ?
The owner and education director is Jen Montgomery-Rice M.Ed. Jen holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education (K-9) from UMASS Lowell, and a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. and  Jen has been a store manager, licensed day care provider and classroom teacher for many years. In addition, Jen serves as a volunteer trainer, one-on-one tutor for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. Jen has two grown children and a grandchild who is nine. The center director is Jen Vachon. Jen holds a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Machias. Jen has worked in the field of early childhood education for 12 years as a teacher and center director. She has one young child, Abby. A full-time team including lead teachers, teachers and assistants will oversee classroom activities.

Enrollment

How do I enroll? 
There are five easy steps to enroll in our program.

  1. Sign up on our waiting list with a $30 fee.
  2. Parkside will contact you with enrollment information and coordinate time to schedule a tour.
  3. If space is available for your child's age group please submit Parkside application with the $75 registration fee plus security deposit.
  4. Complete all required paperwork.
  5. Registration fees and deposits are non-refundable.

* If space is not available for your child's age group your name will placed on the waiting list.

When can I enroll?
Parkside Children’s Learning Center has rolling admissions and you can apply to enroll anytime. See above question to learn how to enroll.

Do I have to pay a registration fee?
Yes. A $75 registration fee and a deposit of one weeks tuition is taken at the time of enrollment. 

Programming

What are the teacher-to-child ratios in each classroom?
The teacher-to-child ratios will be as follows:

  • Infants - 1:4
  • Toddlers - 1:4
  • Jr.Preschool - 1:5 and 1:7
  • Pre-K 1:10
  • School Age-1:13

How do the center's teacher-to-child ratios compare with those required by the State of Maine?

Our program will adhere to the State of Maine Childcare Licensing ratios.

What are the center hours and holidays?
The center will be open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please go to our Calendar for an updated list of holidays.

Curriculum & Accreditation

What kind of curriculum will be offered?
Parkside CLC’s curriculum facilitates learning in a hands-on, developmental approach called Creative Curriculum that teaches Social/Emotional, Cognitive, Physical and Language development. Learning begins with the physical set-up of the classroom, where teachers at Parkside all have specific interest areas such as dramatic play, art, library, toys and games, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking and computers. Each classroom teacher has been trained in the Creative Curriculum methods of creating independent, lifelong learners through the ability for children to explore their world in unique ways. Children at Parkside learn through “purposeful play” with different learning materials at each interest area designed to allow them to learn at their developmental pace and individual interest. As well, Parkside has purchased the companion assessment program to accompany the Creative Curriculum program in order to measure developmental milestones and give parents updates on how their child is progressing.

Will Parkside offer snacks?
Nutritious snacks are offered in the morning and afternoon while parents provide lunches.

Tuition

What are the tuition rates?
We offer competitive rates. Tuition may vary based on age group and payment method. To get the latest Parkside Tuition rates click here or please call 207-941-2122. 

More Information

When will the center be available for tours?
Please contact us for a tour at 207-941-2122 or director@parksideclc.com.

I’d like to stay involved with the center. Is there a way for me to participate?
Yes. Parkside CLC will convene and meet quarterly with a parent group made up of parents of children enrolled at the center. If you are interested in joining the parent group, please contact us directly.

Who do I contact with additional questions?
For programming questions, please contact director@parksideclc.com or 207-941-2122.