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Care & Comfort Supports Educare Maine With Generous Donation

Care & Comfort Supports Educare Maine With Generous Donation

Care & Comfort and the administrative staff of their Waterville branch presented Educare of Maine a check for $3,400 to support their program that prepares primarily low-income children to enter kindergarten engaged, healthy and socially/em
otionally ready to succeed.

Accepting the gift was Rhonda Keiser, Educare’s Central Maine Site Manager, who provided an overview of the center that partners with the
Waterville Public Schools, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program Early/Head Start, the philanthropic community and families to ensure school readiness for children birth to age five.

“I applaud our employees’ selection of Educare to be the recipient of proceeds from our Jean Fund says Susan D. Giguere, Care & Comfort’s CEO and Founder.  She added.  “As one of Maine’s largest Home Health and Mental Health agencies serving individuals and families statewide, we see families struggling each day and are pleased to support organizations that can assist them.  This forward thinking program, which serves 200 children, is based on community partnerships and parental involvement to build the foundation for positive, lifelong outcomes for the child and their family.” 

According to their website, Educare Central Maine acknowledges that school readiness means that children enter school ready to engage in, and benefit from, early learning experiences that best promote the child's success.  Staff works with families, school staff and community partners to assure they are providing environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn. 

The Creative Curriculum is the selected curricula model for the program.  The philosophy behind the curricula is that young children learn best by doing.  Children learn to explore their imaginations, strengthen and control their muscles, work cooperatively, problem solve and gain concepts through play and engaging in art activities.  The curriculum is based on the philosophy that positive interactions and relationships with adults are critical foundations for successful learning, social-emotional skills are a significant factor in school success, the physical environment affects the quality of learning interactions, and teacher-family partnerships support development and learning.  Children are learning while they are having fun! 

Care & Comfort’s Jean Day campaign, launched over 12 years ago, is an ongoing collaborative fundraising effort between Care & Comfort and its employees.  On Fridays, staff may leave their normal work attire at home and wear nice jeans for a $2.00 donation. The company matches every dollar raised and the employees of each branch select the local recipients’ semi annually.

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