2017-11-09 / Community News

Mother Goose successful


Mary Maxfield, BRCOT Early Education Instructor and Biddeford High School Student, Aaron Dutremble (grade 12) work with preschool student Kaiden Gagne, 4, on a painting project. Dutremble, now a teaching assistant, was a student of Maxfield’s at Mother Goose Preschool when he was a child. (Courtesy photo) Mary Maxfield, BRCOT Early Education Instructor and Biddeford High School Student, Aaron Dutremble (grade 12) work with preschool student Kaiden Gagne, 4, on a painting project. Dutremble, now a teaching assistant, was a student of Maxfield’s at Mother Goose Preschool when he was a child. (Courtesy photo) The Early Childhood Education Program at Biddeford Regional Center of Technology completed its first week with preschool students. Mother Goose preschool is located inside the Center of Technology and is taught by high school students learning to be teachers. The high school students have spent the past two months getting ready for opening day with preschool patrons.

“This year is particularly exciting as two of my current high school students were actually preschool participants when they were 4-year-olds. Now they’re here teaching in the very same program they attended 13 years ago,” said Mary Maxfield, early childhood instructor at Mother Goose.

This real-world setting exposes high school students to early childhood careers from infant care through elementary education. The program includes a oneyear college-prep course that includes an on-site laboratory in Mother Goose Nursery as well as potential internships within an elementary classroom or early childhood program.

High school students from Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Dayton, Arundel and Kennebunk are eligible to enroll in the Early Child Education program.

The preschool operates A two-hour session in the morning and afternoon for $10 a week. The program has open slots for 3- and 4-year-old students in the afternoon session.

For more information, contact mmaxfield@ biddefordschools.me or 282-1501

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