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Come Play, Learn & Grow With Harbor House! Sign up today for 2010-’11

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Harbor House child playing in a castle on the PlayGarden at Harbor House's Children's Center. Photo taken by Mary Ellen Martel

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Harbor House’s Children’s Center is accepting applications for the 2010-’11 school year, application deadline is August 23, 2010. With three age groups, Ladybugs, Busy Bees, and Dragonflies, the Children’s Center teachers have specially designed programs to match the needs of children ages 18 months to five years.

With the help of a $50,000 grant award going directly to children’s scholarships, Harbor House will be increasing the level of Helping Hand Fellowship awards to 50% in this school year. For local families, this makes this high quality educational program more accessible to all local families.

Located in Southwest Harbor, Harbor House’s Children’s Center is on the Herrick Road in a state of the art facility. Harbor House’s Children’s Center aims to help local parents make ends meet by offering one of the lowest rates on the island and convenient hours for working families, the Children’s Center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30am to 5:30pm, 52 weeks a year.

Harbor House teachers in the Lady Bug age group for children 3 and younger have been trained in the State of Maine’s Infant/Toddler Guidelines. Using their knowledge of how toddlers learn best, the teachers are able to respond to each toddler’s needs, ensuring a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment for them to thrive.

Busy Bees for children 4 and 5 encourages children to learn through play. From pretending to be doctors to dolls to painting pictures, this group is constantly exploring the world in a whole new light. With ample time for play on Harbor House’s unique all-natural PlayGarden, kids go home tired, happy, and maybe even a little dirty – a sure sign of positive learning and important skill development.

Dragonflies are the children in the pre-kindergarten program that focuses on preparing for the big leap to Kindergarten. The focus of this program is to continue to challenge and inspire the children to learn more about the world. Whether Pre-Kindergarten kids are working on their reading and writing or simply counting, the children are never bored.

Helping Hand Fellowships are available to those who qualify. For more information please contact Mary Ellen Martel, Children’s Center Director at 244-9824.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Mary Ellen Martel

Telephone Number: (207)244-9824

Website: http://www.harborhousemdi.org

Email: maryellen@harborhousemdi.org