Preschool & Child Care

The Pingree Community Preschool & Child Care (CP) program strives to provide an outstanding, inclusive early childhood experience for children with and without special needs.

CP is an innovative preschool model that utilizes the practice of inclusion; integrating typically developing children with children exhibiting developmental disabilities. The community preschool is part of the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning.

Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) are guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for quality early childhood programs. Decisions about our program, curriculum, teacher/child interaction, child to teacher ratios, and parent/school collaboration are based on what is known about child development, what is known about the individual children in the class, and what is known about society and the culture in which the children are involved.

This philosophy emphasizes:

  • Social skills
  • Hands on curriculum experiences in art, dramatic play, blocks, fine motor, manipulatives, language, reading, literacy, gross motor play, science, sensory, music and movement, nature, math and technology
  • Critical thinking and learning through play
  • A “community” atmosphere in the classroom in which children feel part of a “family,”
  • An awareness of self and others
  • Building self-confidence through independence
  • Building self- esteem through problem solving
  • Creativity and
  • Nurturing relationships


The Pingree Community Preschool & Child Care:

2 months-5 years old

Infant Room (2 months-18 months)

Toddler Room (18 months-36 months)

Preschool Room (3-5 years old)


2,3 or 4 days/week (closed Fridays)

½ day preschool (8:15-11:15 and 12:30-3:30)

Full day child care (7:30-4:00)

Extended child care (4:00-5:30)

CP gives priority enrollment to employees of Valley Behavioral Health

Child Care

Valley Employees


2 days/week



3 days/week



4 days/week



4 half days/week




*1/2 days hours vary based on availability

*equal monthly payments Aug-June


Extended Hours

Valley & Community

2 Ext days/week


3 EXT days/week


4 EXT days/week




½ Day Preschool

Valley & Community

2 days/week


3 days/week


4 days/week


*Toddlers 8:45-11:15

*Preschool 8:15-11:15 or 12:30-3:30