The Children’s Center’s commitment to each child, each family, AND our community is evident throughout its programs. The Center has never turned any child away; even when NH instituted a waiting list for state child care scholarship, the Center secured the support needed to help every family to receive quality child care services while they worked. The Children’s Center puts the child first. A three-year-old who has met with failure in three child care placements elsewhere becomes the focus of our qualified teachers and assistants, our special education teacher and our social worker—all dedicated to the child’s success in the preschool environment. The Center has raised thousands of dollars over the years in order to have support aides for emotionally and socially challenged children who require help adjusting to their community. The Children’s Center understands that the early years are the most important in insuring each child’s success in school and happiness in life. Our commitment to each child and our community necessitates that we find and use all possible resources to provide meaningful help.

Housed at 180 South Main Street, the Children’s Center is convenient and central to Wolfeboro’s assets. Under the direction of veteran infant teacher, Nora Dubay, our Infant and Toddler Programs provide quality early care and education to children ages six weeks until age three. Toddler care follows with four age appropriate classrooms and a teacher to child ratio of 1-5 with no more than twelve children per room.

Lisa Sargent, Group Program Coordinator, has supervised the preschool and school-age program since 1997. The Center’s preschool program for children ages 3-5 offers a robust preschool curriculum and experience with highly trained and experienced preschool personnel. The preschool morning focuses on readiness skills and throughout the school year the children explore literacy and language concepts, math skills, science and nature awareness, art and drama, independence skills and social studies through play in a free,yet guided, environment. Zumba and music classes, trips to the “Book It” library, a playground to be proud of, and local field trips are additional benefits to the preschool program. Our children go on to kindergarten with confidence and with the skills to listen, follow directions, make good choices, interact cooperatively, and succeed academically. 

The Preschool Special Education program is part of our preschool program and serves children between the ages of 3 and 5 who have been identified with educational disabilities. Children in the Preschool Special Education program spend the majority of their days in the preschool classrooms but also receive lessons and therapy from our on-staff special education team consisting of a Special Education Administrator, Special Education Teacher, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech and Language Assistant. Having Preschool Special Education as a part of our program has served to benefit all of the children and the teaching staff.The training that the teaching staff receives from the Special Education team and continuing education has been key to the Center’s ability to detect potential learning difficulties at an early age when intervention has proven most effective.

Our School Age program is among the best in the state. The Center provides before and after school programs and is in session throughout snow days, school holidays, early releases, and summer vacations. The large school age room is designed to offer activity choices for all interests. The summer program is active with regular beach, kayaking, biking and hiking trips. The Center’s goal has been to offer a program to children of this age that is far more attractive than being home alone. Many of the programs participants attend until completing sixth grade.

The Children’s Center participates in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and thereby serves breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack daily in compliance with the Center’s nutritional policy that limits fats, salt and sugar as well as providing whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Recommended portion sizes are encouraged as well.

The Children’s Center goes above and beyond providing quality early care and education. With a full-time social worker, Jane Beaulieu-Brogan, in the employ, any family who is struggling with parenting matters, personal crises, homelessness, financial hardship, chronic illness, etc. has a point person in Brogan. Brogan serves not only as a source for resources and referral, but Brogan provides individual and group counseling to children and parents free of charge. Brogan’s services are available to Center parents and community parents needing services.

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