PREK IN MAINE
PreK Programs(Four Year Old Programs) have been offered through an administrative school district since 1987. The Maine State Legislature authorized schools in Maine to open PreK programming to better prepare children for the challenges of public school benchmarks. Designated PreK programs must be approved by the Department of Education and demonstrate community partnerships.
Collaboratively, RSU3, Broadreach, and Waldo County Head Start began offering a public PreK Program at Morse Memorial Elementary School in Brooks in 2004. These same collaborators began offering a similar program at Unity Elementary in 2007 and a community based ten hour per week program in Broadreach’s early childhood classroom in the fall of 2009. This past year, RSU3 opened another PreK classrooms in Liberty.The PreK programs which RSU3 offers vary from full-day to ½ day programs.
In addition to the opportunities that await families in the PreK programs, families also have their choice of enrolling their children in full-day childcare services offered by Broadreach and a Head Start classroom in the Early Childhood Center-Unity to meet their individual needs and schedules.
PreK partnerships must demonstrate a commitment to quality instruction, national accreditation, willingness to offer fiscal/in-kind contributions, employment of state certified teachers and family focused practices.