Early Childhood Services

The brain grows quickly between zero and three years of age. Early intervention is critical for children with special needs. Woodfords operates three preschools in Waterville, Topsham and Westbrook where children with autism, PDD and similar developmental disabilities learn skills to help them function successfully in home, school and community.

Curriculum

The curriculum and methods are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Intensive instruction is provided in cognitive skills, communication, play/leisure skills, pre-academics, self-help skills, social skills and behavior management strategies.

Instruction is in a typical preschool setting, where children play and learn with other children. Frequent field trips to libraries, museums and parks provide additional opportunities for learning. Many of the preschool programs offer inclusion classrooms, where children with special needs learn alongside typically-developing peers.

Schedule

Most children attend preschool for five days a week for either full or half-day based on the type of referral and the recommendation of the Early Childhood Services team.

Eligibility & Referrals

The preschool program is designed for children 2 to 5 years old. Children with special needs typically receive a referral from Child Development Services (CDS), a pediatrician or other provider. Typically-developing children do not need a referral and can enroll directly through Woodfords Family Services.

FMI Contacts

Carrie Campbell M.Ed. Special Education
Waterville Preschool
Educational Director
Early Childhood Services
(207) 859-8778

Lucy Lambert
Topsham Preschool
Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Services
(207) 865-1993

Charissa Fortier, LCSW, BCBA
Westbrook Preschool
Director of Early Childhood Services
(207) 523-5126
(207) 878-9663, x 4200

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“It has been amazing to see my son grow. He is able to communicate with me better and has learned so many strategies for controlling his emotions. The teachers really care about the kids and go above and beyond to help them." - Woodfords Parent