The Islesboro Preschool runs programs for two age groups. The Infant and Toddler program is for children from 3 months to 2 1/2 years. The Preschool program is for children ages 2 1/2 through 5. Both programs are located in our building at 152 Main Road – next door to the town office and fire department.
For more information about each program see below.
Infant & Toddler Care | Age 3 Months - 2.5 Years
Children between the ages of 3 months and 2 1/2 years are eligible for the Infant/Toddler program.
Infants and Toddlers follow their own schedules. There is an outline of the day, but we are flexible to their individual needs. Infants nap at various times and their schedules will be accommodated. Between 12-18 months old, we may try a scheduled nap or rest period.
Infants are fed on demand. Breastfeeding infants will need to have an adequate supply stocked and properly labeled. Toddlers eat meals and snacks on a set meal schedule. Parents need to supply diapers, wipes, powders, ointments, bottles, teething or other personal objects and a complete change of clothes.
A report will be prepared daily for each infant/toddler. It will include such things as , time of feedings, what was eaten, amount eaten, number of diaper checks and results, times of naps, any medication given, and various comments about the child’s day.
The developmental needs of the child are also a consideration of program eligibility. Classrooms will fulfill the best developmental groups possible to meet the needs of all children involved and meet licensing guidelines
Preschool | Age 2.5 Years - 5 Years
Children who are 2 1/2 years of age through kindergarten age are eligible to enroll in the Preschool programs. A child must be two years and six months before September 1st to be eligible for the preschool group.
The developmental needs of the child are also a consideration of program eligibility. Classrooms will fulfill the best developmental groups possible to meet the needs of all children involved and meet licensing guidelines. Children who start preschool before their third birthday will be on a trial basis to decide if the child is developmentally prepared for this experience. The teacher will make the decision with the parents for the child to continue or not after a minimum two –week observation period. If the decision is made that the child is not developmentally ready for preschool at this time, the child can participate in the Toddler program until the age of three.
There will be a designated nap/rest time every day. All children must nap, rest, read, or play quietly during this period. Rest time gives children a much needed break in their day.
Summer Session (Ages 3 months – 5 years)
The Summer Program will connect the island’s range of natural learning opportunities with Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Weekly activities include daily art and crafts, water play, gardening, and building on social skills. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our 2021 summer session will not have any off site excursions.
Typically, enrollment forms must be completed and returned within the first week of attendance for the academic year session. Registration fees may vary and will be indicated on the enrollment paperwork or online forms if applicable.
The information gathered in the enrollment forms will ensure that your child gets the very best care possible, while satisfying the record keeping requirement of state licensing guidelines. All forms will be reviewed annually. If there are any changes of information, please notify the director to update your records.
All forms can be found on the FAMILIES page.
Any families needing tuition support should apply for the IPS Scholarship Fund via the Islesboro Community Fund. An application is available here.