The Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning provides comprehensive treatment, education and related services for children with autism and their families. We use and develop best practices, validated by research, while treating students and their families with dignity and respect. We partner with families, universities, service agencies, the government and our community to assist those affected by autism. We undertake and support research to better understand autism, its causes, and the most effective treatments and interventions for individuals with autism.
For ages 2-5, our elementary program offers group and individual activities, including circle time, song and story, snacks, art and fine motor groups, recess, and more!
The elementary program is broken into 45-minute learning sessions. Lessons include general academics like math and English, as well as functional life skills.
For adolescents in grades 7-12, this program encourages communication, independence, and life skills. Class sizes are small and the curriculum is individualized.
The Preschool & Child Care program provides an outstanding, inclusive early childhood experience for children with and without special needs.
Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism. Between the ages of 18-22, federally mandated autism services are no longer available. There is a critical need for quality vocational programming for adults with autism.
We want to expand the Pingree programs to adults. What makes us different? We successfully serve the hardest, most affected population with quality programs.
“Our family has been so blessed by our association with Carmen B. Pingree. We tried many different options for our son’s education. At the Pingree Center, we found a place where he belongs. He is loved and helped in so many ways. We found a dedicated staff who use evidence-based interventions and practices that have allowed our son to flourish and make progress we never dreamed could happen.”
-Stan & Cheryl Beagley
“I want to let people know what great work Gavynn has been doing. He has learned to go shopping, do laundry, do chores and cooking. He loves going to school and when I wake him he is so happy he giggles. The school is such a help to not only Gavynn, but us as well. We could never thank everyone enough. Thanks!”
“I love the Pingree environment for my children. I love that we, as a school, really are a family with everyone invested in helping our children succeed. I love how the Pingree Center meets each child where they are and builds a foundation of both academic and life skills. My children both light up as they walk into their classrooms and greet their friends.”
-Martha & Ray Hinckley
"Pingree has been the best decision we have made for our son. We put him in the preschool at three years old and he is now nine and still attending. We instantly saw results. The staff is amazing and each child has their own behavior plan. They also teach you how to implement these methods at home. We feel so blessed to be able to attend the Pingree Center.”
-Tom & Heather Kelly